University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

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USC’s entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

NBCOT® certification exam data for the last three years of record

The table below displays National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® (NBCOT) certification examination results of USC students during the last three years of record. “New Graduates” are defined as anyone taking the exam within one year of graduation, regardless of how many times the exam is taken within the one-year period. For official NBCOT data results, please visit https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Exam Period No. of graduates No. of new graduates who took the exam No. of new graduates who passed the exam % of new graduates who passed the exam
Jan. – Dec. 2013 118 113 113 100%
Jan. – Dec. 2014 125 118 118 100%
Jan. – Dec. 2015 122 118 115 97%
Total for 2013 – 2015 365 349 346 99%

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

USC Graduation and Retention Rates

The table below displays graduation and retention rates of USC students over the last five years of record.

Entering term
No. of entry-level master’s students entering / graduating No. of bachelor’s-to-master’s students entering / graduating Total no. of professional students entering / graduating Total graduation rate
S/F 2011 100/97 25/25 125/122 97.6%
S/F 2012 102/101 23/23 125/124 99.2%
S/F 2013 107/ 100 19/19 126/ 119 94.4%
S/F 2014 126/ * 22/21 148/ * * %
S/F 2015 127/ ** 10/ * 137/ ** ** %

* Graduation date August 2016
** Graduation date August 2017

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education®
c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
www.acoteonline.org
(301) 652-6611 x2914

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

USC has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, since 1949. View the student learning outcomes (PDF) for our four academic programs.