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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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Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Graduate Certificate

The Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration Graduate Certificate (SP/SI GC) is intended for those students who would like to develop an expertise in identifying sensory processing disorders and using sensory integration treatments to address them. The certificate encompasses four courses with the last one delivered in conjunction with hands-on clinical practice. The SP/SI GC will position the students to translate the latest research on SI and SP into practice. Once the program is completed, graduates will be able to apply the information in clinical practice, research, advocacy and education.


Current USC Chan Graduate Students and USC Chan Alumni
Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in SP and SI who are currently enrolled in a Chan graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA, or Chan alumni who completed the applicable course work within the past seven years (see required courses for USC Chan alumni below), need only complete the online application form.

Because Sensory Integration has been taught in different formats and students have had various choices of elective courses, possible scenarios are outlined below in order to help you navigate the required courses needed to earn the graduate certificate.

Prospective Applicants
Applicants for the Certificate in SP and SI who are currently registered/licensed occupational therapists and have not matriculated at USC must submit a formal application on the USC Graduate Admission website. Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent directly to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Résumé (upload via online application)
  • A Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

Curriculum and Requirements

Current USC Chan Graduate Students and Externally Trained (Non-USC Alumni) Occupational Therapists (12 units)

OT 517 (3 units): Foundations of Occupation: Sensory Processing in Daily Life
OT 569 (2 units): Sensory Integration Theory
OT 570 (2 units): Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning: Sensory Integration
OT 610 (4 units): Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
OT 636* (1 unit): Fieldwork with Seminar or OT 590** (1 unit) Directed Research

* Must be completed at an approved Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration site; must be taken for 1 unit.
** Occupational therapists only; must be taken for 1 unit.

See requirements for USC Chan Alumni

Contact Us

For general inquiries about the Graduate Certificate Program in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration, please contact Dr. Janet Gunter.