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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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Academics

Bachelor’s to Doctorate (BS-OTD) in Occupational Therapy
Course Sequence

Please note
USC Chan is in the process of transitioning from an entry-level master’s program to an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. The entry-level OTD program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®) and is accepting applicants for the 2021 application cycle (program start in fall of 2022). The program must have a pre-accreditation review, an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the registered occupational therapist, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available. This change impacts current students, beginning with the graduating bachelor’s class of 2023. In order to remain in the OT program at USC you will need to apply to and complete the OTD program following completion of your bachelor’s degree.

You will take the pre-professional courses and university general education requirements during your freshman, sophomore, and junior years.  Full-time professional courses begin in your senior year.

BS Professional (Junior and Senior years)
Course Sequence*

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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 occupational therapy (OT) classes generally meet once or twice a week on USC’s Health Sciences Campus.

  • OT 510 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Kinesiology
  • Other university coursework as needed (10–16 units)

Spring Semester — Junior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 514 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Neuroscience
  • Other university coursework as needed (10–16 units)

Fall Semester — Senior Year

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

  • OT 511 (3 units): Reflective, Responsive and Engaged Professionals 1
  • OT 515 (4 units): Foundations of Sensory Processing: Neuroscience and Behavior
  • OT 516 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis
  • OT 519 (4 units): Foundations: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Spring Semester — Senior Year

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (one of the following, along with 9 weeks of corresponding Level I fieldwork, one day per week):
    • OT 501 (8 units): Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 (8 units): Mental Health
    • OT 503 (8 units): Pediatrics
    • OT 504 (8 units): Productive Aging and Geriatrics

and

  • OT 521 (3 units): Reflective, Responsive and Engaged Professionals 2
  • OT 526 (3 units): Practice Scholar: Appraising and Applying Quantitative Evidence
  • OT 527 (4 units): Health Systems and Global Context

Summer Session (following graduation from bachelor’s degree program)

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

  • Practice Immersion Course (one of the following, along with 9 weeks of corresponding Level I fieldwork, one day per week):
    • OT 501 (8 units): Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 (8 units): Mental Health
    • OT 503 (8 units): Pediatrics
    • OT 504 (8 units): Productive Aging and Geriatrics

and

  • OT 531 (3 units): Reflective, Responsive and Engaged Professionals 3
  • OT 536 (3 units): Practice Scholar: Appraising and Applying Quantitative Evidence
  • OT 539 (4 units): Applying Occupational Science: Health Promotion and Primary Care

Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (Two Years)
Course Sequence

Fall Semester 1

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

  • Practice Immersion Course (one of the following, along with 9 weeks of corresponding Level I fieldwork, one day per week):
    • OT 501 (8 units): Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 (8 units): Mental Health
    • OT 503 (8 units): Pediatrics
    • OT 504 (8 units): Productive Aging and Geriatrics

and

  • OT 617 (3 units): Visionaries: Innovation and Technology to Promote Occupation
  • OT 618 (2 units): Visionaries: Agents of Transformation
  • OT 619 (4 units): Applying Occupational Science: Lifestyle Redesign®

Spring Semester 1

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • Practice Immersion Course (one of the following, along with 9 weeks of corresponding Level I fieldwork, one day per week):
    • OT 501 (8 units): Adult Physical Rehabilitation
    • OT 502 (8 units): Mental Health
    • OT 503 (8 units): Pediatrics
    • OT 504 (8 units): Productive Aging and Geriatrics

and

  • OT 622 (4 units): Cognition and Occupation: Advanced Clinical Perspectives
  • OT 623 (4 units): Medical Considerations for Occupational Performance
  • Electives (2 units): Optional Elective(s)

Summer Semester 1

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

  • OT 636 (2 units): Level II Fieldwork with Seminar

Fall Semester 2

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

  • OT 636 (1 unit): Level II Fieldwork with Seminar
  • OT 710 (1 unit): Teaching and Learning Seminar: Becoming a Fieldwork Educator
  • OT 713 (1 unit): Doctoral Capstone Preparation: Examining Evidence
  • OT 715 (3 units): Practice Scholar: Occupation-Based Practices and Programs
  • Electives (2–4 units): Optional Elective(s)

Spring Semester 2

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 636 (1 unit): Level II Fieldwork with Seminar
  • OT 720 (1 unit): Pedagogy in Higher Education: Seminar and Practicum
  • OT 723 (1 unit): Doctoral Capstone Preparation: Systems and Leadership
  • OT 725 (3 units): Practice Scholar: Program Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization
  • Electives (2–4 units): Optional Elective(s)

Summer Semester 2

The final summer semester begins in mid-May and lasts for 14 weeks.

  • OT 730 (2 units): Doctoral Capstone Experience with Seminar (DCE)