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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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About Us
About Us

The Division at a Glance

  • Entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org,
  • Ranked No. 1 occupational therapy program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Founded in 1942
  • Initiated nation’s first Post-Professional Master’s program in 1947
  • Inaugurated world’s first PhD Program in Occupational Science in 1989
  • Offers BS, MA, OTD (clinical doctorate) and PhD degree programs and facilitates postdoctoral training
  • Contracts with more than 850 academic fieldwork education sites in more than 39 states and 6 countries
  • Provides specialization in pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine and Lifestyle Redesign®
  • Prepares students for traditional and non-traditional career paths
  • Utilizes a problem-based learning/clinical-based reasoning approach
  • Teaching assistantships and scholarships available
  • ACOTE Standards Public Data


  • Total number of full-time faculty: 93
  • Emeritus Professors: 6
  • Faculty Awards: 4 Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecturers (Elizabeth J. Yerxa, Ruth Zemke, Florence Clark, Mary Lawlor)
  • Full-time faculty to student ratio: 4.8:1
  • Currently hold more than $22.5 million in federal research grants


  • Total number of students enrolled: 430
  • Students from out-of-state: 25 percent of the student body
  • Students receiving financial aid (loans and scholarships): 68 percent of the student body
  • Has one of the most racially and ethnically diverse OT student populations in the nation


  • Total number: 3,024 alumni in 48 states
  • AOTA Presidents: 4
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Awards: 16
  • OTAC Presidents: 5

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