Following the successful completion of foundational courses, the entry-level OTD class will be arranged in four cores. Each core rotates through the four practice immersions, one per semester, to build knowledge and develop skills to work with specific populations and in specific settings.
The four practice immersion courses are: OT 501: Adult Physical Rehabilitation; OT 502: Mental Health; OT 503: Pediatrics; and OT 504: Productive Aging and Geriatrics. Each of these intensive immersions combines didactic learning with experiential learning laboratories, along with corresponding weekly Level I fieldwork (you will engage in fieldwork one day a week for a 9-week period).
This practice immersion model allows you to focus on one occupational therapy practice area for an entire semester, and the concurrent fieldwork provides opportunities for you to immediately integrate classroom learning with practical applications. You develop competence in the knowledge and skills required for providing entry-level occupational therapy in each practice setting, which is a key step toward building expertise in a particular context.
See the Course Descriptions to learn more.
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.