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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics
Academics

Entry-Level OTD
Course Sequence*

The following is an overview of the three years of study required for USC’s Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. *Courses are subject to change.

Entry-level OTD Course Sequence

Entry-level OTD Course Schematic (click to view PDF)

Course Sequence

First-Year Courses

Fall Semester 1

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

  • OT 510 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Kinesiology
  • OT 511 (3 units): Reflective, Responsive and Engaged Professionals 1
  • OT 514 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Neuroscience
  • OT 515 (3 units): Foundations of Sensory Processing: Neuroscience and Behavior
  • OT 516 (2 units): Foundations of Occupation: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis
  • OT 519 (3 units): Foundations: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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

Summer Semester 1

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 Qualitative Evidence
  • OT 539 (3 units): Applying Occupational Science: Health Promotion and Primary Care

Second-Year Courses

Fall Semester 2

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 (3 units): Applying Occupational Science: Lifestyle Redesign®

Spring Semester 2

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 (3 units): Cognition and Occupation: Advanced Clinical Perspectives
  • OT 623 (3 units): Medical Considerations for Occupational Performance
  • Electives (2 units): Optional Elective(s)

Summer Semester 2

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

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

Third-Year Courses

Fall Semester 3

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 3

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 3

The final summer semester will begin in mid-May and last 14 weeks.

  • OT 730 (3 units): Doctoral Capstone Experience with Seminar (DCE)

Please note
The USC Chan Division has initiated the process to transition the entry-level master’s degree program 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). Please review the frequently asked questions for additional information.