USD OT students score perfect on national exam

Twenty-one students graduating from The University of South Dakota�s Occupational Therapy graduate program in 2010 passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam with flying colors.

In fact, USD students have had a first-time pass rate of 100 percent for six consecutive years.

According to Barb Brockevelt, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of USD�s Department of Occupational Therapy, students must pass this exam to be eligible for state licensure in any United States jurisdiction. While the six-year 100 percent score is impressive, Brockevelt added that USD students have had a first-time pass rate of 98 percent during the history of the graduate board exam results. The national average is 87 percent.

�This verifies the commitment our students have in our program as well as the extraordinary efforts of our faculty to prepare students for the NBCOT exam,� said Brockevelt, who added that the USD program is 20 years old in 2011, beginning in 1991. �It�s a tribute to everyone involved in the occupational therapy program at USD.�

The Occupational Therapy program at USD is the only master�s-level occupational therapy program in South Dakota. This graduate program leads to a master of science degree and prepares students for entry-level positions with emphasis on rural, multicultural and multi-service delivery practices. For more information about the program, please visit

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