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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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Frequently Asked Questions

1. General Questions

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

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

1.3. What is the difference between the OTD and PhD degrees? show >

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

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

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

1.7. Are scholarships and financial aid available? show >

1.8. Is it recommended that students work during the program? show >

1.9. How can I find the semester schedule? show >

1.10. How can I purchase a parking pass? show >

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

1.12. How can I purchase USC Football Tickets? show >

1.13. Does USC have a student newspaper? show >

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

1.15. Is there on-campus housing for graduate students? show >

1.16. Is there public transportation in Los Angeles? show >

2. Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree 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? show >

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

3. Entry-Level Master’s Degree Program

Please note: Currently, USC Chan is reviewing applications submitted to the entry-level master’s program in occupational therapy (program start in 2021), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®). The Chan Division has also initiated the ACOTE process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in 2022). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available and our admissions team will be happy to answer questions beginning in late February. Please note that because we are reviewing applications and responding to applicants in our current admissions cycle, we will not be able to address questions about next year's process before then. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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

3.2. Is there a minimum score required for the GRE? show >

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

3.4. Is volunteer experience required? show >

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

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

3.7. When does the program start? show >

3.8. What is the difference between electives and core courses? show >

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

3.10. How are fieldwork placement sites chosen? show >

3.11. How many hours of fieldwork are required? show >

4. Post-Professional OTD Degree Program

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

4.2. Are international opportunities available? show >

4.3. Will I get paid for my residency? show >

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

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

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

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

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

4.9. How do I select my USC faculty mentor? show >

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

4.11. Are any OTD courses offered online? show >

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

4.13. Does the division offer scholarship support? show >

5. Entry-Level OTD Degree Program

Please note: The Chan Division has initiated the process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This process requires review and approval by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®) and the transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in 2022). Beginning in Spring 2021, USC Chan will offer admissions information sessions for the proposed entry-level OTD program, but please note that because this program is still in review, only limited information can be provided. Please review the frequently asked questions below for additional information. Our website will provide the latest updates throughout the transition process as they become available.

5.1. Why is USC Chan transitioning to the entry-level OTD? show >

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

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

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

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

6. PhD in Occupational Science Degree Program

6.1. What is the minimum requirement for the GRE? show >

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

7. International Students

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

7.2. Do I need to take the TOEFL? show >

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

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

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

8. COVID-19 Questions

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

8.2. Are classes going to be in-person? show >

8.3. What does fieldwork look like during this time? show >

8.4. What platform is USC Chan using for remote instruction? show >