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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Continuing Education

Faculty member demonstrating facilitation of movement to two students

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

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

Read Course Descriptions here.


Team Based Learning™ in Occupational Therapy Education

June 2 & 3, 2016   Earn 1.1 CEUs (11 contact hours)
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions

This two-day workshop provides occupational therapy practitioners in academia (and those interested in education) the opportunity to be immersed in Team Based Learning™ (TBL). 

On Day One of the course, participants will learn the main features of the TBL approach, including how to get students to come to class prepared and apply course concepts to solve problems.  A key aspect of this session will be gaining experience with TBL components.

On Day Two, participants will collaborate with each other and workshop facilitators to redesign an existing course or design a new course using the TBL pedagogy.  In particular, participants will explore how to most effectively use TBL in the education of healthcare professionals. 

Course Instructors: Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L, Deborah Pitts, PhD,  OTR/L, BCMH and Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L
For learning objectives and additional information: Team_Based_Learning_2016.pdf

Documentation for Reimbursement

August 5, 2016   Earn .6 CEUs (6 contact hours) Please note date change
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions

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, additional information, and registration: doc_06_16.pdf 

Life Management Continuing Education 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:

Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course

Offered every January, April and September.
Course Location: University of Southern California (Health Sciences Campus) and Pediatric Therapy Network (Torrance, CA)

2016 Course Dates:

  • January 4 - April 9, 2016
  • April 11 - July 16, 2016
  • September 12 - December 17, 2016

For additional information on the Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course, please go to:

Distance-Learning for Academic Degree Programs

Although distance-learning courses are not yet available for the academic degree programs, questions regarding future curricula may be directed to Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, at (866) 385-4250 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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