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USD Online Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Recognized as Second Most Affordable in Nation

Photo of occupational therapist with patient. USD's online doctor of occupational therapy program has been recognized as the nation’s second most affordable program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s online doctor of occupational therapy program has been recognized as the nation’s second most affordable by the SR Education Group.

“The online program is designed for practitioners who wish to develop advanced skills in leadership, program development, clinical and academic teaching, and policy development,” said Barbara Brockevelt, chair of the occupational therapy department.

The online occupational therapy doctorate degree at USD is a 24 credit, four-semester program for licensed occupational therapists who hold a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

“This set of rankings represents online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students seeking a variety of health care degrees,” said the SR Education Group.

The online occupational therapy doctorate program was started in 2015, concurrent with the offering of a face-to-face occupational therapy doctorate program at USD.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News