Entry-Level Professional Master’s
Please note: Currently, USC Chan is reviewing applications submitted to the entry-level master’s program in occupational therapy (program start in 2021), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®). The Chan Division has also initiated the ACOTE process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in 2022). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available and our admissions team will be happy to answer questions beginning in late February. Please note that because we are reviewing applications and responding to applicants in our current admissions cycle, we will not be able to address questions about next year's process before then. 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.