Feb 21, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)

Admissions Information   

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at USD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’S telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Program Overview

The online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy is designed for licensed occupational therapists who hold a M.S. in Occupational Therapy and possess a current U.S. license to practice occupational therapy. The degree is conferred upon completion of a five semester, 31 credit-hour online curriculum, which is uniquely tailored to the professional aspirations of each practitioner. A capstone with focused activities is completed in the student’s work setting. This program admits for the fall term only and is offered fully online with two required on-campus visits for orientation and the capstone defense.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Total 114 credit hours

Year Three - Summer (6 credit hours)

Year Three - Spring (13 credit hours)

Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Total 31 credit hours

This track is offered to individuals who have completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S. or M.S.O.T.) or Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degree and hold a current license to practice in their state of residence.

Year One - Summer (6 credit hours)

Year Two - Fall (7 credit hours)

Year Two - Spring (6 credit hours)


The student should select electives that will advance the goals identified in his or her statement of purpose. Electives must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Department and, when applicable, the instructor of record. Course offerings may be found at http://www.usd.edu/usd-online/courses.

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts of all academic work
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendations
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Professional summary statement
  5. Copy of occupational therapy license

Admission requirements at catalog.usd.edu.


Department of Occupational Therapy | 605-658-5999 | ot@usd.edu | www.usd.edu/ot

Graduate Admissions | 605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu | www.usd.edu/grad