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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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Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

USC’s entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education®
c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
acoteonline.org
(301) 652-6611 x2914

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® (NBCOT)
Certification Exam Data

The table below displays National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® (NBCOT) certification examination results of USC students during the last three years of record. “New Graduates” are defined as anyone taking the exam within one year of graduation, regardless of how many times the exam is taken within the one-year period. For official NBCOT data results, please visit secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Exam Period No. of graduates No. of new graduates who took the exam No. of new graduates who passed the exam % of new graduates who passed the exam
Jan. – Dec. 2019 134 130 130 100%
Jan. – Dec. 2020 139 134 133 99%
Jan. – Dec. 2021 137 124 120 97%
Total for 2019 – 2021 410 388 383 99%

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

USC has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the US Department of Education, since 1949. View the student learning outcomes (PDF) for our academic programs.

USC Graduation and Retention Rates

The table below displays graduation and retention rates of USC students over the last five years of record.

Entering term
No. of entry-level master’s students entering / graduating No. of bachelor’s-to-master’s students entering / graduating Total no. of professional students entering / graduating Total graduation rate
S/F 2017 129/120 10/10 139/130 93.5%
S/F 2018 128/125 9/9 137/134 97.8%
S/F 2019 126/121 13/12 139/133 95.7%
S/F 2020 128/ * 9/ * 137/ * * %
S/F 2021 124/ ** 14/ ** 138/ ** ** %

* Graduation date August 2022
** Graduation date August 2023