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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Thanks for visiting our admissions blog! Here we hope to address questions that are frequently asked from applicants and to clarify any aspects of the application and admissions process that may be complicated or confusing. As always, please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions you may have, or leave questions here in the comment section and we will be sure to answer them. We look forward to hearing from you.


Helen Mirsaeidi

Ways to get involved as a Pre-OT student!

, by Helen Mirsaeidi

If you are an undergraduate student at USC and either considering applying to occupational therapy graduate schools or are simply interested in learning more about occupational science and therapy, there are many ways that you can get involved in pre-OT activities as an undergraduate student! Join… Read more

Helen Mirsaeidi

USC Involvement Fair and the Pre-Health Involvement Fair

, by Helen Mirsaeidi

Our students are back for the Fall semester! Last week, the fall semester started at USC and the OT students participated in the first pre-OT club event of the academic year! The new officers for the pre-OT club, as well as some pre-OT students at USC, and the OT major students set up a table on UPC… Read more

Liz Carley

Entry-Level MA Applicants- New GRE code 1983

, by Liz Carley

This entry is an update for all applicants to our Entry-Level Master's Program. OTCAS has finalized their contract with ETS, so that we now have an ETS GRE score reporting code through OTCAS. To submit your GRE scores to our program, please submit your official GRE score report through ETS to our… Read more

Liz Carley

AOTA OT Education Virtual Fair

, by Liz Carley

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! As we are beginning the application cycle for the 2016 incoming class for each of our programs, I wanted to share here that we will be participating in the first AOTA OT Education Virtual Fair next week! AOTA, the American Occupational Therapy… Read more

Liz Carley

2016 OTCAS MA Application Cycle

, by Liz Carley

After welcoming our new professional master's class to USC in June, the admissions team here at the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is gearing up to begin our next admissions cycle, for our entry-level master's class that will begin in June, 2016. For this application… Read more

Liz Carley

American Occupational Therapy Association

, by Liz Carley

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 2015 Annual Conference was held in April at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee! It was so wonderful to meet so many occupational therapy students and therapists from around the country! Attending conferences is a great way to learn about… Read more

Helen Mirsaeidi

The Five Year Undergraduate Program: where are my classes and can I double major?

, by Helen Mirsaeidi

I have had many applicants and students ask me recently about where our undergraduate program is located. Students admitted to our five year, bachelor’s to master’s OT program are on the USC university park campus for the majority of their first three years at USC. Students complete all their… Read more

Helen Mirsaeidi

Explore USC—Undergraduate Applicants

, by Helen Mirsaeidi

Explore USC is a great opportunity for admitted students to visit campus, meet their future academic advisors, faculty from various divisions, as well as current students. Admitted students are able to spend time in the dining halls and around campus with current OT students to experience what it is… Read more

Liz Carley

Should I Retake the GRE?

, by Liz Carley · 2 comments

“I am applying to the Entry-Level Master’s Program and my GRE scores don’t meet the minimum requirements. Should I retake the GRE?” I am frequently answering the question above. The GRE is valuable and our admissions committee reviews scores closely. In addition to the GRE, we also take into… Read more

Helen Mirsaeidi

OTD?

, by Helen Mirsaeidi

Occupational Therapy is an entry-level master’s profession, meaning that, to sit for the national licensing exam (NBCOT) and to be able to practice as an occupational therapist in the United States, you must have a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. The OTD is a post-professional doctorate… Read more

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