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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics
Academics

Bachelor’s to Master’s | Course Sequence

You will taken the pre-professional courses and university general education requirements during your freshmen and sophomore year.  The professional courses begin in your junior year.

BS Professional Course Sequence (Junior and Senior years)*

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*Courses are subject to change.

Fall Semester — Junior Year

Fall semester generally begins in late August and continues for 16 weeks. During your junior year, your classes generally meet once or twice a week on USC’s Health Sciences Campus.

  • OT 405 (2 units): Foundations: Occupation
  • OT 440 (2 units): Foundations: Kinesiology
  • Other university coursework as needed (8-14 units)

Spring Semester — Junior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 441 (2 units): Foundations: Neuroscience
  • OT 406 (2 units): Foundations: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis
  • Other university coursework as needed (8-14 units)

Fall Semester — Senior Year

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

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501: Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502: Mental Health
    • OT 503: Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 511 (2 units): Therapeutic Use of Self
  • OT 515 (4 units): Neuroscience of Behavior
  • OT 518 (4 units): Quantitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Spring Semester — Senior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501: Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502: Mental Health
    • OT 503: Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 521 (3 units): Clinical Reasoning
  • OT 523 (3 units): Communication Skills for Effective Practice
  • OT 525 (4 units): Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Summer Session (following graduation)

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

  • OT 586 (2 units): Clinical Internship with Seminar

MA in Occupational Therapy (One-Year): Course Sequence*

* Courses are subject to change.

(Comprehensive Exam Option)

Fall Semester

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

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501: Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502: Mental Health
    • OT 503: Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 534 (2 units): Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OT 537 (4 units): Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community
  • OT 538 (2 units): Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 540 (2 units): Leadership Capstone
  • OT 545 (2 units): Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science
  • Elective courses (12 units)
  • (Comprehensive Exam taken at end of semester)

Summer Session

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

  • OT 586 (2 units): Clinical Internship with Seminar

(Thesis Option)

Fall Semester

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

  • Practice Immersion Course (ONE of the following along with 8 units of corresponding Level I fieldwork):
    • OT 501: Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502: Mental Health
    • OT 503: Pediatrics

    AND:

  • OT 534 (2 units): Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OT 537 (4 units): Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community
  • OT 538 (2 units): Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 540 (2 units): Leadership Capstone
  • OT 545 (2 units): Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science
  • Elective courses (4 units)
  • OT 594a (2 units): Thesis

Summer Session

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

  • OT 586 (2 units): Clinical Internship with Seminar

Fall Semester

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

  • OT 594b (2 units): Thesis

Spring Semester (if necessary)

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 594z (2 units): Thesis