USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to complete the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program?
The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program was designed by occupational therapists with occupational therapists as the primary target audience. Occupational therapists who have graduated from an occupational therapy program that is recognized/approved by a government agency in the country of education are eligible for the full course series and certificate. OT students may take the 3 foundational courses (CE Course 1, CE Course 2, and CE Course 3), but may not take any of the special topics courses and receive the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate until they have graduated from an occupational therapy program.
- Are certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) eligible to complete the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program?
COTAs are not eligible to complete the full program, however, they are welcome to participate in some of the courses that are most relevant to their practice. All COTAs are eligible to participate in CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration. COTAs interested in taking CE Course 3 — Sensory Integration Treatment Intervention may do so under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist. A qualified occupational therapist is one who has either completed or is currently enrolled in CE Course 3.
- Are physical therapists and speech therapists eligible to complete the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program?
Yes, physical therapists and speech therapists who have graduated from a physical therapy or speech therapy program that is recognized/approved by a government agency in the country of education are eligible for the full course series and certificate. Because the courses are designed with occupational therapists in mind, OTs are given priority in course registration, and a limited number of physical and speech therapists may be admitted.
- In what format will the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses be offered?
The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses will be offered in-person in Los Angeles beginning August 2016. In-person CE courses will occur in locations across the United States and internationally beginning 2017. Dates and locations will be updated regularly.
The courses will also be available online beginning Fall 2016. Each course will be offered online one time per year. The online courses can be completed over a 6-8 week period in an asynchronous format. The instructor will be available to answer questions and facilitate discussions as needed.
- Do I need to take the courses in order?
Yes, due to the fact that later courses apply material learned in earlier courses, all participants must take the courses in order. This means taking Course 1 before Course 2, Course 2 before Course 3, and Course 3 before any Special Topics courses.
- How much does the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program cost?
The cost for the complete USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program in the US or online is $3,000. See below for individual course cost breakdowns. AOTA members receive a 10% discount.
Course 1: $900.00 USDFees for course completion at international locations vary based on the individual location. Registration fees for these courses are set by the individual international course hosts based on their venue, administrative costs, and the local economy.
Course 2: $600.00 USD
Course 3: $600.00 USD
Special Topics: $450.00 USD for each course (2 courses are required)
- How often will the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses be offered?
The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses will be offered on a regular basis, with the goal to provide clinicians the ability to complete the entire CE certificate program within 12 months.
- What are the qualifications of the instructors who teach the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses?
The instructors for the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program are renowned occupational therapy experts in sensory integration research, education, and practice who either hold a doctoral degree and/or have 20+ years of clinical experience. The primary instructors for this program are USC faculty.
- Will USC keep a database of therapists who have completed the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program?
Yes, upon completion of the entire USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program, participants can choose to make their professional contact information available to families and referring sources via an online database.
- If I have previously completed the USC/WPS Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration, can I obtain the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate at a discounted rate?
- How does the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate compare to other courses offered in sensory integration around the world?
The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program has been developed by a team of highly-vetted experts in sensory integration. The material presented in this program builds on the rich history of sensory integration originated by A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, and is enhanced by up-to-date research findings and evolving clinical methods. The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate program is supported by one of the most prestigious occupational therapy programs in the world, which is itself housed in one of the top globally connected R1-research universities. Participants can be assured that the information they are learning is not only grounded on the original work of Dr. Ayres but based on current science and applicable in today’s clinical practices.
- Why did USC develop a new continuing education program in sensory integration?
Sensory integration was originated by USC Faculty Emeritus A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, who was both an occupational therapist and an educational psychologist. Dr. Ayres developed a theoretical framework, a set of standardized tests, and a clinical approach for the identification and remediation of sensory integration problems in children. Her publications on sensory integration span a 30-year period from the 1960s through the 1980s, and include psychometric studies, as well as clinical trials and single case series. The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has a rich history of advanced training in sensory integration, starting with the initial hands-on course, OT 610, originally taught by Dr. Ayres through the University of Southern California beginning in 1977. Through continued development and refinement of the content and materials over the past 35 years, the Chan Division remains committed to upholding the legacy of Dr. Ayres’ work in the science and clinical application of sensory integration, and felt that this commitment was best served by offering a continuing education program on sensory integration in both the United States and internationally.