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
Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube
Academics
Academics

Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Degree | Course Sequence*

OTD Course Sequence

If you have a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, you may qualify for Advanced Standing. If so, the typical course sequence is as follows:

Fall Semester

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

  • OT 620 Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (4 units)
  • OT 686 Part-time Residency (6 units)

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 621 Occupational Therapy Leadership: Contemporary Issues (4 units)
  • OT 686 Part-time Residency (6 units)
  • Elective Course (4 units)

Summer Session

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

  • OT 686 Full-time Residency (12 units)

Additional Foundation Coursework

If you do not qualify for Advanced Standing, the following additional foundation and elective courses are required:

  • OT 515 Neuroscience of Behavior (4 units)
  • OT 518 Quantitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 525 Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues in Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)
  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • Elective Courses (4 units)