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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Frequently Asked Questions

1. General Questions

How do I become a licensed occupational therapist in the United States? show

What is the difference between the BS, Post-Professional Master’s and Entry-Level Master’s programs, and how do I know which program to apply for? show

What is the difference between the OTD and PhD degrees? show

What is the difference between the Research Track in the OTD and the PhD program? show

Is there a limit to how many times I can take the GRE? show

Where can I find the tuition and fees for attending USC? show

Who should I contact with financial aid questions? show

Can I work and go to school? show

How can I find the semester schedule? show

How can I purchase a parking pass? show

Do students receive free membership to the on-campus gym? show

How can I purchase USC Football Tickets? show

Does USC have a student newspaper? show

How can I find the contact information for a faculty or staff person at USC? show

Is there on-campus housing for graduate students? show

Is there public transportation in Los Angeles? show

2. Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program

Can I apply to this program as a freshman? show

Can I apply to the bachelor program as a transfer student? show

3. Entry-Level Master’s Degree Program

Does USC offer a part-time entry-level master’s degree program in occupational therapy? show

What type of degree will I be working toward if I am admitted to the program? show

Is volunteer experience required? show

Can pre-requisite courses be in progress while applying to the program? show

When does the program start? show

What is the difference between electives and core courses? show

How much hands-on experience is available to me while I am in the program? show

How are fieldwork placement sites chosen? show

How many hours of fieldwork are required? show

4. Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program

Do I need to have a master’s degree in OT in order to apply to the OTD program at USC? show

Where may I complete my residency? show

May I complete my residency out of area? show

Are international opportunities available? show

Will I get paid for my residency? show

How much time will I be spending at my residency? show

Is it ok if my residency site hires me for over 20 hours per week? show

Am I allowed to work outside of my residency site? show

Does my residency site preceptor need to be an occupational therapist? show

Does my residency site preceptor need to have a doctorate degree? show

Does my USC faculty mentor need to have experience related to the work that is being done within the context of my residency? show

Are any OTD courses offered online? show

May I complete the OTD program on a part-time basis? show

Does the division offer scholarship support? show

5. Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science (PhD) Program

What is the minimum requirement for the GRE? show

What are the current research studies in which the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is involved? show

6. International Students

Do I need to take the TOEFL? show

What do I need to do after I get admitted to USC? show

How is the teaching style at USC different from international schools? show

What is the H1B Visa and which companies will sponsor it? show