University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Division Electives Information


  • Specialty Practice Course. These elective courses enable graduate students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise in contemporary practice areas.  They may be taken for 2-4 units depending on the semester.
  • Clinical Experiences (OT 500; A, B, C) include participation in various clinical/health settings in the community.  May be taken for 2 to 4 units.
  • Research Experiences (OT 590) include participation in research projects with USC community partners. May be taken for 2 to 6 units.
  • Independent Study (OT 500/590) enables students to research a topic or participate in a clinical experience of their choice, supervised by a USC faculty member.  May be taken for 2 to 6 units.
  • Other Options. You may take 4 units outside the OT division at the 500 hundred level or higher such as ENGR599 (Innovative Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders).



  • 12 units of electives are required for graduation.
  • At least 8 units must be OT electives, but all 12 units may be OT electives.
  • 4 units may be taken outside the department if they are at the 400 level or higher.

How do I register for my Fall 2014 Electives?

  • Select 2 units of your choice.  Complete the Fall 2014 Elective Planning Form.
  • Return the form to Peter Wittrock in the OT Office, or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by fax to (323) 442-1540.
  • If a course requires an interview, the instructor will contact the student via email or phone to make an appointment.

Further Questions

  • If you have question concerning registering for electives, contact Peter Wittrock at (323) 442-1861, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • If you need advisement on which courses to take, contact Deborah B. Pitts at (323) 442-2855, or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • If you have registration or scheduling questions concerning core courses, contact Maddy Zamani at (323) 442-1865, or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).