We are excited to welcome you to the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy! Please carefully review the important information below.
Additionally, be sure to review the other general information provided in this section of the website, under Chan Division and USC Essentials, to prepare for your arrival at USC.
Post-admission and orientation
A recording of the panel is available here, along with a few useful links/resources.
Intent to Enroll
Intent to Enroll must be completed to access USC services. Please note that it can take some time for your admission to process through the USC system, so if you are unable to certify now, please be patient and try again in a few days or next week.
USC ID Card
You will need to submit the information, including a photo, for your USC ID Card online and you will be notified when it is available for pick up from the USCard Office. Make sure to specify that you will pick up your card at One Stop Express, HSC so that it will be available for you on the USC Health Sciences Campus.
USC NetID and email
You are required to activate your USC NetID and Email before registering for classes.
Prevention education courses
You will be required to complete a Safety course, Sexual Assault Prevention course, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course online. You can access these through my.usc.edu by clicking on the Safety & Wellness online courses tab.
Start of classes
Your first day of fall classes will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Please note that the Entry-Level OTD academic calendar differs from the USC Academic Calendar. The dates of the first year of the Entry-Level OTD program are as follows:
- Fall 2022: September 6 – December 16, 2022
- Spring 2023: January 9 – April 28, 2023
- Summer 2023: May 15 – August 18, 2023
View the USC Academic Calendar for university holidays.
Fall 2022 class schedule
Classes will be in session 3 days a week. Students will have EITHER Tuesday OR Wednesday, AND Friday, free to dedicate time to studying, working, or other meaningful activities. Classes will start at 9:00am or 9:30am and end by 5pm each day. Each incoming student will be randomly assigned to one of four Groups (Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D) with a set weekly schedule for all 6 classes. Group schedules are currently being finalized.
Orientation will take place starting Monday, August 29, 2022. You do not need to register for the university orientation as the Chan orientation covers program-specific information and general university resources. Please routinely check your USC email for updates as fall approaches.
Financing your USC Education — Graduate Students
Registering for a permit
In order to be considered for parking for the 2022/2023 academic year, please register online during the waitlist registration period, currently in progress and ending May 15. Please go to transnet.usc.edu/index.php/how-to-purchase-a-permit-2 for more information on the registration process and how to create a parking account.
- Available locations at the Health Sciences Campus for students are P1 (San Pablo Structure), P10 (Lot 71) and L41 (Valley Lot).
- Please note that this process is automated, with entrants selected at random. If you are awarded a permit for the 2022/2023 academic year, you will receive a follow-up email with additional directions on how to submit updated information in order to mail your permit. The cost of the permit is $517.50 and $382.50 per semester for the San Pablo Structure and Lot 71/Valley, respectively. You will be charged to your student tuition account in two installments — once in July for Fall 2022 and once in December for Spring 2023.
- Any permits not allocated through the waitlist registration process will be available for purchase online beginning 12:00pm PST on Wednesday, May 25. Permits will not be available for in-person purchase.
Carpool Permits will be available free of charge to University students wishing to carpool. Please follow the directions above (entering your name on the waitlist) to be considered. Should you be selected for a carpool permit, you will be required to submit additional documentation to confirm your carpool. An additional email will be sent with directions on how to complete this process.
Please review the USC Web Registration Instructions for a step by step tutorial and FAQs related to registration. Tuition & fees are assessed at the time of registration with payment due as stated on the billing statement.
If you are applying for student loans, we recommend waiting until mid-July to register for fall courses to allow time for the loans to be disbursed before your tuition payment is due. If your financial aid package has not already been received by the start of the program, but your FAFSA was submitted, payment deferment procedures will be explained during orientation. If you have any difficulty with the registration process, you may also register with our help during the first few days of the program.
All students will register for the following classes for Fall 2022:
- OT 510: Foundations of Occupation: Kinesiology (2 units).
- OT 511: Reflective, Responsive and Engaged Professionals 1 (3 units).
- OT 514: Foundations of Occupation: Neuroscience (2 units).
- OT 515: Foundations of Sensory Processing: Neuroscience and Behavior (3 units).
- OT 516: Foundations of Occupation: Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis (2 units).
- OT 519: Foundations: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (3 units).
Please do not attempt to register for fall classes until you receive instructions from Carmel Mitchell, Student Services Advisor III.
The course book lists will be available through the USC Schedule of Classes by clicking on the book icon next to each course you are enrolled in, or through Oasis, the online academic student information system.
Health and safety
Student health clearance
[USC ID#] Occupational Therapy
Alternatively, you can upload your records to your student health record at usc.edu/myshr, which is available once you have obtained a USC NetID.
About USC Student Health
Watch Eric Cohen Student Health Center: Care for HSC Students, a 10-minute video from the Eric Cohen Student Health Center, the HSC location of USC Student Health. Summer Zapata PsyD, from Counseling and Mental Health Services (also faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Keck School of Medicine of USC), Kimberly Tilley MD, co-medical director, and Bobby Cong, Program Administrator, explain services, onboarding, immunizations, and more, for students in the health professions degree programs on the USC Health Sciences Campus.
Additional orientation videos may be viewed at
In the fall, USC Student Health is offering 10-minute Zoom Q&A “appointlets” with student health representatives. These are times set aside so students can ask questions about their personal immunizations, titers, health clearances, etc. There are also appointlets set aside for questions about insurance, from our Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) office. These appointments can be scheduled online at uscstudenthealth.appointlet.com.
Student health insurance
Below are a few of the key points and links from the Chan Division Guidelines for Returning to Campus & Accessing the Center for Health Professions (CHP) Building During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please review the document in full.
- You are required to complete the Health, Hygiene, and Safety Trojan Learn Module prior to arriving on campus: coronavirus.usc.edu/health-hygiene-protocols.
- You are required to upload either proof of vaccination and booster vaccination or a personal declination through MySHR alongside other required immunizations.
- You will complete the Trojan Check: Wellness Assessment and Campus Reservation prior to coming to campus on the same day of the in-person class session/visit to campus: trojancheck.usc.edu.
You will be able to connect with other admitted students in your cohort in a Facebook Group and GroupMe chat.
USC Chan will be utilizing ExamSoft® in certain courses for student assessment (e.g., testing/examinations). ExamSoft® is cloud-based exam software with specific system requirements, including use of the application, Examplify. Please review the minimum system requirements needed for laptops (Windows or MacOS) prior to downloading Examplify. Students will not be able to utilize iPads. USC Chan has laptops available for examinations only; please notify your course instructor if needed. There will be a “mock exam” conducted during orientation so that each student can test the software prior to the first graded examination.
The following resources should be reviewed in preparation for the mock exam:
- How to Download, Install, and Register Examplify
The institution ID and the email containing your ExamSoft® credentials will be provided during orientation week.
- How to Disable Anti-Virus Software
- How to Take an Exam
Additional Examplify help videos are available to help students familiarize themselves with the software.
The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is conducting an admissions service survey. We would like you to rate your Entry-Level OTD degree program admissions experience with Chan so that we can improve our process and service in the future. This survey only relates to this department, not the University Office of Graduate Admissions or the Financial Aid office. The survey is anonymous, so please answer the questions freely.