South Dakota contains two schools that offer occupational therapy programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking occupational therapy school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 occupational therapy schools in South Dakota, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of South Dakota comes out as the most expensive ($12,826/yr), with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest recorded at only $9,078/yr.
Occupational Therapy students from South Dakota schools who go on to become occupational therapists, therapists, occupational therapy assistants, counseling psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 97,840 people working as occupational therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,680. Also, Occupational therapist assistants make on average $50,830 per year and there are about 26,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 50 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average yearly salary of $34,160. Occupational therapists in this state earn $59,480/yr and there are 270 employed.
Also, within the occupational therapy schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from occupational therapy, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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