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
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,, (301) 652-6611 x2914
  • Ranked No. 3 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) and PhD degree programs and facilitates postdoctoral training
  • Contracts with more than 700 academic fieldwork education sites in more than 35 states and 5 countries
  • Provides specialization in pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine and Lifestyle Redesign®
  • Prepares students for traditional and non-traditional career paths
  • Utilizes a problem-based learning/clinical-based reasoning approach
  • Teaching assistantships and scholarships available
  • ACOTE Standards Public Data


  • Total number of full-time faculty: 78
  • Emeritus Professors: 2 (Elizabeth J. Yerxa and Ruth Zemke)
  • Internationally-recognized honorary faculty: J. Seward Johnson
  • Faculty Awards: 3 Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecturers (Elizabeth J. Yerxa, Ruth Zemke and Florence Clark)
  • Full-time faculty to student ratio: 4.4:1
  • Federal research grant funds received during the past three years: >$8,000,000


  • 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


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

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