Bachelor’s to Doctorate (BS-OTD) in Occupational Therapy
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.
Due to its accelerated nature, we do not offer an option for undergraduates to transfer into our Bachelor’s to Doctorate (OTD) program in occupational therapy. We encourage you to attain your bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of your choice, and plan to apply to our Entry-Level Doctorate (OTD) program. We will look forward to working with you and assisting you through that process. Also, feel free to sign up to attend an Admission Information Session.