University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Bachelor’s to Master’s in Occupational Therapy

The Major in Occupational Therapy: Fast Track to Professional Excellence

Through our Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program, students majoring in occupational therapy at the undergraduate level can earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy with just one additional year instead of the traditional two years. This opportunity not only results in a substantial reduction to the overall cost of your education, but also prepares you sooner for the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy® examination.

Most students find our undergraduate program to be highly satisfying because our courses focus on occupation, which we define as all the activities that form the fabric of our lives: personal activities, social activities, physical activities, spiritual activities and even paid employment. By knowing more about occupations, you will learn how they are central to what makes life worth living and to staying healthy, happy and productive.

Enable People to Live Their Lives to the Fullest

As an occupational therapy major, you will be on your way to becoming a professional who is involved in helping people live meaningful, healthy and productive lives. Undergraduates who major in occupational therapy at USC gain practical knowledge about the key elements of healthy living. We believe that knowing more about the way daily activities influence emotional, physical and spiritual health enables you to help others lead healthier, richer and more fulfilling lives.

You will study the ways in which everyday activities impact human health. A balanced diet is to nutrition as a balanced array of activities is to occupational therapy. You will study the history and possible future of human activities, gather information about people’s abilities to categorize, sequence, focus and accomplish goals, and learn how engagement in activities aids in recovery from, or prevention of, many illnesses. You will also develop a skill set to design devices, environments and homes to optimize living well. Most importantly, you will become instrumental in helping people overcome obstacles and reach goals that improve their quality of life, their independence and their state of health. You can combine your own interests in ways that help others build better lives and thrive, no matter what stands in their way.

Explore how a B.S. followed by an M.A. in Occupational Therapy can support your personal and professional goals by contacting Joanne Park, Assistant Director of Admissions, at (323) 442-2822 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).