University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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About Us

The Division at a Glance

  • Entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® — ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda MD 20814-3449, www.acoteonline.org, (301) 652-6611 x2914
  • Ranked #1 in the nation by U.S.News & World Report
  • Founded in 1942
  • Initiated nation’s first Post-Professional Master’s program in 1947
  • Inaugurated world’s first PhD Program in Occupational Science in 1989
  • Offers BS, MA, OTD (clinical doctorate), PhD degree programs and postdoctoral training programs
  • Contracts with over 700 academic fieldwork education sites in over 35 states and 5 countries
  • Provides specialization in pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine and Lifestyle Redesign®
  • Prepares students for traditional and nontraditional OT career paths
  • Utilizes a problem-based learning/clinical-based reasoning approach
  • Teaching assistantships and scholarships available
  • ACOTE Standards Public Data

Faculty

  • Total number of full-time faculty: 70
  • Emeritus Professors: 2 (Elizabeth June Yerxa and Ruth Zemke)
  • Internationally-recognized honorary faculty: J. Seward Johnson
  • Faculty Awards: 3 Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecturers (Elizabeth June Yerxa, Ruth Zemke, and Florence Clark)
  • Full-time faculty to student ratio: 4.4:1
  • Total grant funds received in the past three years: >$4,000,000

Students

  • Total number of students enrolled: 309
  • Students from out of state: 25 percent of the student body
  • Students receiving financial aid (loans and scholarships): 68 percent of the student body
  • Has one of the most ethnically diverse OT student populations in the nation

Alumni

  • Total number: 3,024 alumni in 48 states
  • AOTA Presidents: 4
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Awards: 15
  • OTAC Presidents: 3

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