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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Academics

Bachelor’s to Master’s In Occupational Therapy | Course Sequence

Pre-professional courses and university general education requirements are taken during the freshmen and sophomore year.  The professional courses begin in the junior year.

B.S. Professional Course Sequence (Junior and Senior years)*

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*Courses are subject to change.

Fall Semester - Junior Year

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks. During the junior year, classes generally meet once or twice a week on USC’s Health Sciences Campus.

  • OT 405 Foundations: Occupation (2 units)
  • OT 440 Foundations: Kinesiology (2 units)
  • Other university coursework as needed (8-14 units)

Spring Semester - Junior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 441 Foundations: Neuroscience (2 units)
  • OT 406 Foundations: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis (2 units)
  • Other university coursework as needed (8-14 units)

Fall Semester - Senior Year

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501 Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 Mental Health
    • OT 503 Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 511 Therapeutic Use of Self (2 units)
  • OT 515 Neuroscience of Behavior (4 units)
  • OT 518 Quantitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)

Spring Semester - Senior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501 Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 Mental Health
    • OT 503 Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 521 Clinical Reasoning (3 units)
  • OT 523 Communication Skills for Effective Practice (3 units)
  • OT 525 Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)

Summer Session (following graduation)

Summer session begins in mid-May and continues for 12 weeks.

  • OT 586 Clinical Internship with Seminar (2 units)

M.A. in Occupational Therapy (One-Year): Course Sequence*

*Courses are subject to change.

(Comprehensive Exam Option)

Fall Semester

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501 Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 Mental Health
    • OT 503 Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 537 Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community (4 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • Elective courses (12 units)
  • (Comprehensive Exam taken at end of semester)

Summer Session

Summer session begins in mid-May and continues for 12 weeks.

  • OT 586 Clinical Internship with Seminar (2 units)

(Thesis Option)

Fall Semester

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501 Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 Mental Health
    • OT 503 Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 537 Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community (4 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • Elective courses (4 units)
  • OT 594a Thesis (2 units)

Summer Session

Summer session begins in mid-May and continues for 12 weeks.

  • OT 586 Clinical Internship with Seminar (2 units)

Fall Semester

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 594b Thesis (2 units)

Spring Semester (if necessary)

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 594z Thesis (2 units)