Entry-Level Professional Master’s
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.
Following the successful completion of foundational courses, you will begin your rotations through practice immersion courses meant to develop mastery through immersion: OT 501 Adult Physical Rehabilitation, OT 502 Mental Health, and OT 503 Pediatrics. The entire class is divided into three cohorts. Over three semesters, each cohort takes one practice immersion course per semester in the above mentioned practice areas. The cohorts rotate through each of the practice immersion courses over the course of three semesters.
Each of these 8-unit intensive courses combines lecture and experiential learning laboratories, along with corresponding weekly Level I fieldwork. You engage in fieldwork one day a week for a ten week period, with one week of full-time fieldwork during the fourth or fifth week. Each immersion course allows you to focus on one area of practice at a time, and concurrent fieldwork provides the opportunity for you to immediately integrate classroom learning with practical application. You develop competence in the knowledge and skills required for evaluation and intervention in each practice setting. We believe these practice immersions provide key elements necessary for you to attain mastery in a particular domain.
Read the Course Descriptions of the practice immersions.