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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Continuing Education

The Division strives to offer ongoing learning opportunities for persons who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in occupational science and occupational therapy.

For information on USC Continuing Education visit

For general questions about Continuing Education at the USC Chan Division, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Any occupational therapist who wishes to attend one or more USC courses for credit towards a degree as a “limited status” student is invited to contact Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, by phone at (866) 385-4250 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pathways To Excellence

Designed for the experienced clinician but accessible to all master’s students, these courses are key building blocks in creating programs of study with specific occupational therapy specialty focus areas, enabling graduate students to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise in cutting-edge practice areas.

  • OT 560 School-based Practice
  • OT 564 Sensory Integration Theory
  • OT 571 Assistive Technology
  • OT 572 Ergonomics
  • OT 573 Hand Rehabilitation
  • OT 574 Enhancing Motor Control for Occupation
  • OT 575 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics
  • OT 576 Universal Design
  • OT 578 Therapeutic Communication for the Healthcare Practitioner
  • OT 583 Lifestyle Redesign
  • OT 584 Clinical Applications of Telehealth Technologies
  • OT 610 Sensory Integrative Dysfunction (Offered every January, April and September.)

Read Course Descriptions here.


Canine Facilitated Interventions™: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and other Healthcare Professionals

May 5 & 6, 2017 (or May 5th only)
USC Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions

This two-part workshop meets the growing need for theoretical, clinical and practical knowledge in the therapeutic uses of canines in Occupational Therapy (OT) and other allied health professions. Emphasis will be placed on initial competencies in evidence-based Canine Facilitated Interventions™ (CFI) to enhance human health, well-being and participation.

Day One targets foundational knowledge of Human-Animal Interactions and the unique ability of canines to impact human psycho-physiology. Current empirical evidence will be presented and evaluated which supports the incorporation of this innovative intervention in clinical practice. Videos, case studies, hands-on experiential learning with a certified Facility Dog, and small group discussions will be included. Information on policies and procedures, common terminology and legislation which regulate and define the multiple uses of canines will be covered. Day One is a prerequisite for Day Two.

Day Two focuses on developing the clinical framework to incorporate CFI into daily practice. This portion of the workshop will include a variety of experiential components to allow the participants an opportunity for ‘learning by doing’. Participants will be able to experience a continuum of CFI modalities supported by registered handler-therapy dog teams, service dogs in training, and/or facility dogs. The instruction will cover the three components of CFI: canine-facilitated activity, canine-facilitated education, and canine-facilitated therapy, with an emphasis on applications to occupational therapy. Examples of appropriate documentation and clinical reasoning for each will be modeled.

Earn up to 1.1 CEUs (11 contact hours), or .55 CEUs for Day One only.

For learning objectives and additional course information, please go to CFI_Course_2017.pdf

Life Management Series

Available via Distance Learning only

The USC Life Management Series prepares you to work with patients to both prevent and better manage chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, stress and behavioral health in all practice settings. Modules include: Introduction to Lifestyle Redesign®, Weight and Diabetes Management, Chronic Pain and Headache Management, and Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance.

For additional information on the Life Management series and to view system requirements for distance learning, please go to

New course dates TBA soon. Please check back in April.

Documentation for Reimbursement

Available via Distance Learning   Earn .6 CEUs (6 contact hours)

Effective documentation and coding are critical issues in educational, research and clinical practice environments. Rules and regulations as well as penalties and sanctions have become increasing complex and far reaching. The information presented in this course will provide participants with an understanding of basic compliance principles, specific concepts relevant to the practice, documentation, billing and coding of occupational therapy services, as well as critical updates of regulatory changes and new proposed rules. Insightful discussion and thought-provoking activities will assist participants in their understanding of the content and achievement of the learning objectives. Learn how to make your documentation stronger now and prepare for the future.

For learning objectives and registration: doc_08_16.pdf

USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

For additional information, please go to

Distance-Learning for Academic Degree Programs

From Fall 2017, we will be offering a post-professional master’s degree in occupational therapy, combining the quality and excellence of a USC education with the convenience and flexibility of an online format. Because our Post-Professional Online Master’s degree program is delivered 100% online, there are no on-campus attendance requirements in order for students to graduate.

Learn about the admissions requirements and applications procedure for this program. For more information, please contact Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, at (866) 385-4250 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).