Jun 15, 2021
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.
With a foundation in generalist practice, students may have the opportunity to focus their research, fieldwork experiences, and capstone in a recognized practice area through a Practice Emphasis. Emphases are offered in the areas of Pediatrics, Neurorehabilitation, Mental Health, and Rural/Underserved practice. Emphases do not appear on a transcript.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Total 114-117 credit hours
*Denotes course available only to students in the specialization track.
Year One - Fall (18 credit hours)
Year One - Spring (16 credit hours)
Year Two - Summer (16 credit hours)
Year Two - Fall (19 credit hours)
Year Two - Spring (18 credit hours)
Year Three - Summer (8 credit hours)
Year Three - Fall (7 credit hours)
Year Three - Spring (12 credit hours)
Elective coursework for specialization track (choose one)
Student must select one of the 5 available tracks:
The Specialization is optional and available only to enrolled Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree-seeking students. It is awarded after successful completion of the identified program of study with a minimum of a B attained in all coursework leading to the Specialization (30 - 33 credits), and an A earned in a minimum of 24 credits.
- Nonspecialization (24 credit hours-this is the standard program without specialized courses needed for the following 4 optional specializations)
- Mental Health specialization (30 credit hours)
- Neuroscience & Rehabilitation specialization (30 credit hours)
- Pediatrics specialization (32-33 credit hours)
- Rural/Underserved specialization (32 credit hours)
Mental Health specialization (30 hours)
**Mental Health Specialization: Students must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 in OCTH 747, OCTH 777, OCTH 784, OCTH 786, OCTH 800, OCTH 831, OCTH 832, and the elective course with a minimum of 24 credits earned at a 4.0. Focus of research project in OCTH 784 and OCTH 786 and capstone proposal in OCTH 800 must be in Mental Health.
Neuroscience & Rehabilitation specialization (30 hours)
**Neuroscience & Rehabilitation Specialization: Students must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 in OCTH 721, OCTH 776, OCTH 784, OCTH 786, OCTH 800, OCTH 821, OCTH 822, and OCTH 792 with a minimum of 24 credits earned at a 4.0. Focus of research project in OCTH 784 and OCTH 786 and capstone proposal in OCTH 800 must be in Neuroscience & Rehabilitation
Pediatrics specialization (32 or 33 hours)
**Pediatric Specialization: Students must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 in OCTH 715, OCTH 756, OCTH 775, OCTH 784, OCTH 786, OCTH 800, OCTH 811, OCTH 812, and the elective course with a minimum of 24 credits earned at a 4.0. Focus of research project in OCTH 784 and OCTH 786 and capstone proposal in OCTH 800 must be in Pediatrics
Rural/Underserved specialization (32 hours)
**Rural/Underserved Specialization: Students must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 in OCTH 733, OCTH 734, OCTH 778, OCTH 784, OCTH 786, OCTH 800, OCTH 841, OCTH 842, and the elective course with a minimum of 24 credits earned at a 4.0. Focus of research project in OCTH 784 and OCTH 786 and capstone proposal in OCTH 800 must be in Rural/Underserved.
Accelerated O.T.D. Standard Program
This 3+3 program is available, by application, to eligible University of South Dakota students in the following programs with the O.T.D. standard program and:
- Neuroscience, B.S.-Cognitive Neuroscience specialization only
- Kinesiology and Sport Management, B.S.-Exercise Science specialization only
The accelerated track will allow the undergraduate program to count 20 hours of the 1st year of OTD towards the electives in the B.S. degree. The student will complete 100 hours by the end of the 3rd year towards the undergraduate degree.
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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 - Fall (6 credit hours)
Year One - Spring (6 credit hours required)
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will evaluate and choose appropriate theory to inform practice.
- Students will articulate and apply occupational therapy theory through evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
- Students will articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with persons, groups, and populations for the purpose of facilitating performance and participation in activities, occupations, and roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings, as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.
- Students will plan and apply evidence-based occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, functional cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life, as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.
- Students will be prepared to be a lifelong learner to keep current with evidence-based professional practice.
- Students will uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
- Students will understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process for service delivery.
- Students will effectively collaborate with and supervise occupational therapy assistants in service delivery.
- Students will effectively communicate and work interprofessionally with all who provide services and programs for persons, groups, and populations.
- Students will advocate as a professional for access to occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services.
- Students will be an effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support occupational therapy practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge.
- Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of delivery models, policies, and systems related to practice in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and settings where it is emerging.
- Students will demonstrate active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize in-depth knowledge in a practice area through the development and completion of a doctoral capstone in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development.
Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification
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