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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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Bachelor’s to Doctorate (BS to OTD)
in Occupational Therapy

The Bachelor’s to Doctorate degree program enables you to earn a doctorate in occupational therapy with just two additional years instead of the traditional three years post-baccalaureate. Majoring in occupational therapy as an undergraduate student not only results in a substantial reduction to the overall cost of your education, but also prepares you sooner for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® examination.

As an occupational therapy major, you will be on your way to becoming a professional who is involved in helping people live meaningful, healthy, and productive lives. You will gain practical knowledge about the key elements of healthy living to apply to your own life and your future patients’ lives. Knowing more about the way daily activities influence emotional, physical, and spiritual health enables you to help others lead healthier, richer, and more fulfilling lives.

Curriculum and Requirements

Fieldwork / Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence

Diversity, Access, and Equity

Transfer Students

A Day in the Life of a Bachelor’s to Doctorate Degree Student

Megan, a student in the Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program, shares about daily life in the occupational therapy major at the University of Southern California. (Please note that the undergraduate in this video was filmed prior to the transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program to Bachelor’s to Doctorate 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 and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®). This change impacts current students, beginning with the graduating bachelor’s class of 2023. In order to remain in the OT program at USC you will need to apply to and complete the OTD program following completion of your bachelor’s degree. Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available.