University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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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 over the last three years of record.  For official NBCOT data results, please visit https://secure.nbcot.org/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX.

Exam Period Number of
Graduates
Number of
First-Time
Test Takers
Number of
First-Time
Test Takers
who passed
the Exam
Percentage of
First-Time
Test Takers
who passed
the Exam
Jan.-Dec. 2012 117 110 100 91%
Exam Period Number of
Graduates
Number of
New Graduates*
who took the
the Exam
Number of
New Graduates*
who passed
the Exam
Percentage of
New Graduates*
who passed
the Exam
Jan.-Dec. 2013 118 113 113 100%
Jan.-Dec. 2014 125 118 118 100%
Total for 2012-2014 360 341* 331* 97%*

*Beginning in 2013, NBCOT changed the metric from “first time test takers” to “New Graduates” 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.

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 Class of Graduation Rate Retention Rate
2010 98.2% 98.2%
2011 97.6% 97.6%
2012 98.4% 99.2%
2013 * 98.4%
2014 ** 98.6%

* Graduation date August 2015   ** Graduation date August 2016


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education®
c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association
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Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
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