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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics

Post-Professional OTD
Course Sequence

OTD Course Sequence

If you have a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, you may qualify for Advanced Standing. If so, the typical course sequence is as follows:

Fall Semester

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

  • OT 620 (4 units): Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • OT 686 (6 units): Part-time Residency

Spring Semester

Spring semester begins in January and continues for 16 weeks.

  • OT 621 (4 units): Occupational Therapy Leadership: Contemporary Issues
  • OT 686 (6 units): Part-time Residency
  • Elective Course (4 units)

Summer Session

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

  • OT 686 (12 units): Full-time Residency

Additional Foundation Coursework

If you do not qualify for Advanced Standing, the following additional foundation and elective courses are required:

  • OT 515 (4 units): Neuroscience of Behavior
  • OT 518 (4 units): Quantitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice
  • OT 525 (4 units): Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice
  • OT 534 (2 units): Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OT 538 (2 units): Current Issues in Practice: Adulthood and Aging
  • OT 540 (2 units): Leadership Capstone
  • OT 545 (2 units): Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science
  • Elective Courses (4 units)

Completing the OTD on a Part-Time Basis

There are many pathways through the OTD program. The Program Director will work with you to customize an ideal trajectory that aligns with your specific needs and is tailored to your overall life plan.