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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Entry-Level Professional Master’s
Course Sequence*

Please note
Current entry-level master's degree students will complete the master’s program as outlined in the USC Catalogue, and upon completion, have the option to pursue the post-professional OTD degree. The entry-level master’s program admitted its last class in June 2021.

New Entry-Level OTD Program
The Chan Division has also initiated the ACOTE process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. The entry-level OTD degree program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®) and we are accepting applicants for the 2021 application cycle (program start in fall of 2022). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The following provides an overview of the two years of study for the Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Program in Occupational Therapy.

* Courses are subject to change.

Course Sequence

Entry-Level Professional Program Course Sequence

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Course Overview

First-Year Course Overview

Read Course Descriptions here.  The first year begins with 4 summer courses, for 8 units. Two of the 3 immersion courses and 6 additional core courses are completed for 36 units, 18 units in the fall and 18 units in the spring.  During the following summer, you undertake the first of two level 2 fieldwork experiences. By the end of the second summer you will have completed 46 units.

Summer Session 1

Summer session begins in mid-June and continues for eight weeks.

  • OT 440 (2 units): Foundations: Kinesiology
  • OT 441 (2 units): Foundations: Neuroscience
  • OT 405 (2 units): Foundations: Occupation
  • OT 406 (2 units): Foundations: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis

Fall Semester 1

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 1

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 2

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

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

Second-Year Course Overview

The second year consists of the third and final immersion and 5 core courses for 20 units. The thesis option requires an additional 4 units of electives and 2 semesters of thesis units. The comprehensive exam option requires an additional 12 units of electives, at least 8 of which must be from the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.  Upon completion of the second fieldwork, if you are pursuing the thesis option you will have completed a total of 76 units and if you are pursuing the comprehensive exam option you will have completed a total of 80 units. NOTE: the actual sequence of the core courses may vary from year to year, but all 5 courses will be offered during fall and spring semesters.

(Comprehensive Exam Option)

Fall Semester 2

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 & Aging

Spring Semester 2

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 3

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

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

(Thesis Option)

Fall Semester 2

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 & Aging

Spring Semester 2

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)
  • OT 594a (2 units): Thesis

Summer Session 3

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

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

Fall Semester 3 (and Spring Semester 3 as necessary)

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

  • OT 594a (2 units): Thesis
  • OT 594z: Thesis (If necessary, each semester until thesis is completed)