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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics
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Accelerated Master’s to OTD
Course Sequence

Please Note
The Chan Division has initiated the process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This process requires review and approval by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®) and the transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in fall 2022). We are currently offering admissions information sessions for the proposed entry-level OTD program, but please note that because this program is still in review, only limited information can be provided. Please review the Entry-Level OTD Degree Program frequently asked questions for additional information. Our website will provide the latest updates throughout the transition process as they become available.

Fall Start

Most students begin the OTD experience in the Fall and progress through to the Summer of the following year. There are some circumstances which require the coursework to be taken beginning in the Spring semester or for it to be front loaded.

Fall Semester

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

  • OT 620 (4 units): Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • OT 686 (6 units/20 hours): Part-time Residency
  • If you are coming from the USC MA program, you are required to pass your NBCOT exam and be fully licensed and registered by the end of this semester.

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 621 (4 units): Occupational Therapy Leadership: Contemporary Issues
  • OT 686 (6 units/20 hours): Part-time Residency
  • Elective Course(s) (4 units)

Summer Session

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

  • OT 686 (12 units/40 hours): Full-time Residency

Spring Start

If you are starting the OTD in the Spring, the order of your courses will look different.

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 620 (4 units): Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • OT 686 (6 units/20 hours): Part-time Residency
  • If you are coming from the USC MA program, you are required to pass your NBCOT exam and be fully registered by the end of this semester.

Summer Session

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

  • OT 686 (12 units/40 hours): Full-time Residency

Fall Semester

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

  • OT 621 (4 units): Occupational Therapy Leadership: Contemporary Issues
  • OT 686 (6 units/20 hours): Part-time Residency
  • Elective Course(s) (4 units)

Front Loading

Students with an out-of-area residency placement may need to front-load their coursework. This can be started in either Fall or Spring. Please be sure to discuss this option with program director Dr. Sarah Bream.

Semester 1

  • OT 620 (4 units): Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • OT 621 (4 units): Occupational Therapy Leadership: Contemporary Issues
  • Elective Course (4 units)
  • If you are coming from the USC MA program, you are required to pass your NBCOT exam and be fully registered by the end of this semester.

Semester 2

  • OT 686 (12 units/40 hours): Full-time Residency

Semester 3

  • OT 686 (12 units/40 hours): Full-time Residency

Completing the OTD on a Part-Time Basis

There are many pathways through the OTD program. The Program Director will work with you to customize an ideal trajectory that aligns with your specific needs and is tailored to your overall life plan.