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South Dakota Occupational Therapist School

Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in South Dakota

While sites like Mount Rushmore National Memorial attract visitors to South Dakota, the state government is working hard to make South Dakota attractive to residents, as well.  South Dakota is leading the nation in implementing the federal stimulus package, restoring funding for programs and services.

The state received $632 million and has allocated $282 million for infrastructure (bridges and roads, water systems, building repairs, and energy projects), $181 million for education and $132 million for public assistance programs, $23 million for public safety and $14 million for state services.

To be an Occupational Therapist in South Dakota, one needs to have at least a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy; have passed the NBCOT exam for Occupational Therapy to qualify as an Occupational Therapist, Registered or OTR; and obtain a license from the state.

An accredited MS program offered by South Dakota occupational therapy schools is usually is approved by the Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  For admission, students must have already earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.  No specific major is required, however, at least six of the nine prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the first day of the program. Prerequisites usually are Biology, Human Anatomy, Physiology, General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology, Life Span Development, Statistics, Physics, Introductory Sociology or Anthropology, and Introduction to OT.

South Dakota universities require a physical exam and record of immunizations for all new students.  In addition, health care programs require a vaccination for hepatitis B. Graduate students also must take the GRE and most programs expect a combined minimum score of 950.  Other graduate program admission requirements include an interview, personal statement or essay and letters of recommendation.  For an MS of OT, a background check is required, too.

Most programs have limited space, so early application is recommended. For information on the requirements of a specific program, check out the university’s website.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen and Watertown, South Dakota may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Sanford USD Medical Center, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Saint Luke's Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Several student organizations are present on campus, including Alpha Chi and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societies, intramural sports, and a student government association.
  • Main campus is located in Hobbs, New Mexico, with online options as well.
  • Originally founded in 1962 as College of the Southwest.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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  • Several student organizations are present on campus, including Alpha Chi and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societies, intramural sports, and a student government association.
  • Main campus is located in Hobbs, New Mexico, with online options as well.
  • Originally founded in 1962 as College of the Southwest.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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  • Online Programs
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  • Transferable Credits