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  Feb 22, 2018
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Pre-Occupational Therapy

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 the USD, entry-level, Master of Science degree 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, 677-5600,; Graduate School, 677-6287; Academic & Career Planning Center, 677-5381; or Health Professions Advisor, 677-5156.


Pre-Occupational Therapy students must complete the following USD prerequisite coursework or their equivalent for enrollment in the USD Occupational Therapy Program.  A minimum of 6 of the 9 required semester courses must be completed prior to application.  One course may not fulfill the requirement for multiple prerequisite courses.  All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program.

Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are also required.  A minimum combined score of 950 and a minimum writing score of 4.0 are preferred.  The results of the GRE may not be more than 5 years old.

General Psychology (3 hours):

Human Development: Lifespan (3 hours):

Psychology of Abnormal Behavior (3 hours):

Occupational Therapy (3 hours)