OTD to PhD Pathway
The OTD to PhD Pathway offers USC Chan students a way to become both a career occupational scientist and an occupational therapist. Current USC Entry-Level OTD students have the opportunity to apply to the Occupational Science PhD program during their second year in the Entry-Level OTD program. If accepted, students begin PhD coursework during their third, final year in the OTD program.
Students on the OTD to PhD Pathway will complete their second Level II fieldwork and doctoral capstone experience within a USC Chan faculty member’s research lab during their entire third year of the Entry-Level OTD program, providing an immersive experience working with, and being mentored by, a faculty researcher. USC currently provides generous financial support (i.e., an annual stipend and full tuition support) for PhD students.
If you are a current USC Entry-Level OTD student, and would like more information about the OTD to PhD Pathway, contact the USC Chan Admissions Team.