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.

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.


Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS): February 25 – March 1, 2017

$750 OT Student; $995 OT – Special early-bird pricing through February 10th

The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) is an innovative observational assessment that is used to measure the quality of a person’s activities of daily living (ADL). This is assessed by rating the effort, efficiency, safety, and independence of 16 ADL motor and 20 ADL process skill items, within the context of performing chosen, familiar, and life-relevant ADL tasks.

AMPS training is comprised of a five-day AMPS training course, and follow up testing of 10 people to achieve rater reliability as an AMPS rater. With the new skills and insights developed during the course, confidence is enhanced and participants are more capable and proactive advocates for the use of occupation when providing occupational therapy services.

Upon successful completion of the course, including rater calibration, participants will be able to:
- Understand the theoretical foundation for using the AMPS to promote client-centered and occupation-based practice
- Administer, score, and interpret the AMPS in a valid and reliable manner
- Use the AMPS to plan and guide occupational therapy intervention (direct and consultative services)
- Use the AMPS to evaluate the effectiveness of provided occupational therapy interventions

For more information and registration:

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

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

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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).

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