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.
Orientation and schedule
Start of classes
Your first day of class is Monday, August 22, 2022. View the USC Academic Calendar for university holidays.
USC requires that you attend a graduate student orientation before beginning classes. We recommend that you register for the orientation on the Health Sciences Campus. In addition to this general orientation, our Division will hold an orientation specific to the Chan PhD program on a date to be determined at the Center for Health Professions Building at 1540 Alcazar Street. You will receive more information via e-mail regarding this orientation session, including instructions for how to confirm your attendance. Beyond the university and program orientations, you will want to reach out to your advisor/mentor to schedule a time to go through an initial mentoring meeting and have an orientation to the research lab. It is recommended that you schedule this meeting during the week immediately prior to the start of the semester, so that you can be sure you have selected and registered for any necessary elective courses prior to the start of the semester.
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 in Seaver Residence Hall 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.
Safety and Sexual Harassment Courses
You will be required to complete a Safety Course and Sexual Harassment Course Online. You can access these through my.usc.edu by clicking on the Safety & Wellness online courses tab.
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.
Following orientation, but prior to the first week of classes, we recommend that you set up an advising appointment with your faculty advisor. Dr. Shawn Roll, the Director of the PhD Program would also be glad to meet with you if that would be beneficial. At this meeting, you should begin planning your course schedule for fall. Generally speaking, a typical semester course load includes your research immersion (OT 660), a required course in the division (OT 640, 642, 648, or 649), and one-two elective courses. You will register using myUSC, which serves as the university portal to an array of campus resources, including Web Registration. Please review the Web Registration Tutorial before you register. If you have any questions or difficulty registering for courses, contact Carmel Mitchell.
The course book lists are 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
Health onboarding session
Health Professions Students (June 22, 4PM PST). Register for this session.
The University requires all students to provide a personal health history and to have a complete physical exam and tuberculosis clearance. Please see the USC New Student Health Requirements: Immunizations and Screenings.
Your award provides payment of the mandatory Student Health Care Center fee and USC graduate student health and dental insurance premiums for both fall, spring and summer semesters. You are enrolled for your Health Insurance automatically. You can read more on what your Health Award benefits include. Please note that all Health Science Campus students must obtain services at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center.
Your award will cover dental insurance; however, unlike health insurance, you will not be automatically enrolled. You must enroll for your Dental Insurance through the student health center. Enrollment for dental insurance is only available during fall with a deadline usually the first week of September.
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.