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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USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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 all the courses, but will not receive the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate until they have graduated.
  2. 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 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.
  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.
  4. In what format will the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses be offered?
    The USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate courses are offered online around the same time every year with Course 1 in the Fall, Courses 2 and 3 in the Spring, and Special Topics in the Summer/Fall.  The online courses can be completed over a 4-8 week period in an asynchronous format.  The instructor will be available to answer questions and facilitate discussions as needed.  Courses are also offered in-person in many different international locations every year.
  5. Do I need to take the courses in order?
    CE Course 1, CE Course 2, and CE Course 3 must be taken in sequential order.  The special topics courses can be taken at any point after the participant completes CE Course 1.
  6. 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 USD
    Course 2: $600.00 USD
    Course 3: $600.00 USD
    Special Topics: $450.00 USD for each course (2 courses are required)
    Fees 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
    Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists who have completed the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program in the past 10 years can apply for “special consideration” towards completion of the USC Sensory Integration CE Certificate. Past participants will simply need to complete 21 hours of Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning: From Identification to Intervention and 28 hours of Special Topics in Sensory Integration. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request an application, which may require participants to demonstrate knowledge content of the courses requesting to be waived.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 40 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.