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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

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.

If you are one of those select few high school students who already knows that you want to pursue a career as an occupational therapist, this program is for you! By majoring in occupational therapy as an undergraduate, you are able to earn a doctorate in occupational therapy in just two additional years instead of the traditional three years required in the Entry-Level Doctorate program. A graduate degree is required to practice as an occupational therapist in the United States.

Admission Criteria for Freshmen Applicants

Application Procedures

Pre-Professional Courses

Admission to the OTD Program

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