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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. General Questions

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

1.2. What is the difference between the OTD and PhD degrees?

1.3. What is the difference between the Research Track in the Post-Professional OTD and the PhD program?

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

1.5. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

1.6. Is it recommended that students work during the program?

1.7. How can I find the semester schedule?

1.8. How can I purchase a parking pass?

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

1.10. How can I purchase USC Football Tickets?

1.11. Does USC have a student newspaper?

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

1.13. Is there on-campus housing for graduate students?

1.14. Is there public transportation in Los Angeles?

2. Bachelor’s to Doctorate Program

Please note
USC Chan is in the process of transitioning from an entry-level master’s program to an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. This change could impact students as early as the bachelor’s class of 2023. In the event that the Division moves to an entry-level OTD program while you are completing your bachelor’s degree, in order to remain in the OT program at USC you would will need to apply to and complete the OTD program following completion of your bachelor’s degree.

2.1. Can I apply to this program as a freshman?

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

2.3. What can I expect as a student in this program?

2.4. How can I learn more about occupational therapy?

3. Entry-Level Master’s Degree Program (no longer accepting applicants)

Please note
Current entry-level master's degree students will complete the master’s program as outlined in the USC Catalogue, and upon completion, have the option to pursue the post-professional OTD degree. The entry-level master’s program admitted its last class in June 2021.

New Entry-Level OTD Program
The Chan Division has also initiated the ACOTE process to transition the entry-level master’s 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). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

4. Entry-Level OTD Degree Program

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 consider attending an admissions information session for the entry-level OTD program and reviewing the frequently asked questions for additional information. Updates will continue to be provided on our website as they are available.

4.1. Why is USC Chan transitioning to the entry-level OTD?

4.2. What is the accreditation process?

4.3. What are the similarities and differences between an entry-level master’s degree and an entry-level OTD degree?

4.4. What is the difference between an entry-level OTD and a post-professional OTD?

4.5. I am a current USC Chan student; how will the Division’s transition to an entry-level OTD program impact me?

4.6. Will more scholarships be provided to offset the costs of an additional year of study?

4.7. Does USC offer a part-time entry-level doctorate program in occupational therapy?

4.8. Is volunteer experience required?

4.9. Can prerequisite courses be in progress while applying to the program?

4.10. When will I be notified regarding whether or not I have been selected to complete a Phase II video for my application?

4.11. When does the program start?

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

4.13. How are fieldwork placement sites chosen?

5. Post-Professional OTD Degree Program

5.1. Do I need to have a master’s degree in OT in order to apply to the Post-Professional OTD program at USC?

5.2. Are international opportunities available?

5.3. Will I get paid for my residency?

5.4. How much time will I be spending at my residency?

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

5.6. Am I allowed to work outside of my residency site?

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

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

5.9. How do I select my USC faculty mentor?

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

5.11. Are any Post-Professional OTD courses offered online?

5.12. May I complete the Post-Professional OTD program on a part-time basis?

5.13. Does the division offer scholarship support?

6. PhD in Occupational Science Degree Program

6.1. What is the minimum requirement for the GRE?

6.2. Is the PhD program fully-funded?

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

6.4. What are the available immersion experiences?

6.5. Is the PhD program offered online or in a hybrid format?

7. International Students

7.1. What resources does USC Chan provide to support international students?

7.2. Do I need to take an English Proficiency Exam?

7.3. What do I need to do after I get admitted to USC?

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

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

8. COVID-19 Questions

8.1. How do I receive updates related to COVID-19?

8.2. Are Fall 2021 classes going to be in-person?

8.3. What platform is USC Chan using for remote instruction?