Occupational therapists are health care professionals trained to empower individuals to reach their own goals and to maximize their independence in personal care, work, school, play and leisure activities. They work with individuals of any age and in a variety of settings from neonatal intensive care units and other hospital settings, to community locations such as schools, work sites, and homes. Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to identify and assess the functional limitations of individuals with disabilities and to develop strategies to compensate for those limitations. These strategies include ways to overcome attitudinal and environmental barriers and to identify and improve access to assistive technology and services.
The pre-occupational therapy curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission to USD’s program in Occupational Therapy. Students are free to major in the discipline of their choice and complete the prerequisite coursework as part of their Bachelor’s degree work at USD. All students must have a strong foundation in the biological and behavioral sciences, excellent communication skills, and knowledge of the field of occupational therapy.
Additional information regarding the USD Occupational Therapy program is available by contacting: Department of Occupational Therapy, 605-658-6356, (www.usd.edu/ot); Graduate School, 605-658-6140; Academic & Career Planning Center, 677-5381; or Health Professions Advisors, 605-658-6326 or 658-6334.
College of Arts & Sciences/Associate Dean for Academics
Arts & Sciences 110
Travis Ahlers, BSEd
Health Sciences/Pre-Professional Advisor
Lee Medical Room 221
Audrey Ticknor, RDH, MA
Health Sciences Major Advisor/Instructor
Lee Medical Room 207