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
Fall semester classes and residency begin on Monday, August 22nd, 2022. View the USC Academic Calendar for university holidays.
We encourage “business casual” attire throughout your tenure in the doctoral program.
Later this semester, an orientation video will be posted below. Dr. Sarah Bream will host a Zoom session at the start of the semester to address any questions you may have regarding the video content and OTD program.
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.
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.
HIPAA Compliance Education
You are required to complete the University HIPAA Compliance Education module and have documentation of HIPAA competence. This is accessible through TrojanLearn, the University-wide online learning and development platform. You will need your USC NetID and password to log on and then you will click on “Office of Compliance” under USC Training.
If you are not yet licensed in the state of California, you are required to submit proof of your limited permit (scanned PDF document) to Dr. Sarah Bream, Post-Professional OTD Program Director, and your Residency Site Preceptor by the end of the first week of the semester.
- Prior to board certification and state licensure, your initial hours of residency will be focused on the completion of necessary on-boarding requirements, orienting to the context, observational activities, preparing for and initiating an in-depth needs assessment, meeting and interviewing stakeholders, literature review, attending meetings, administrative tasks, and other non-clinical practice activities.
- Residents must be certified and licensed as an occupational therapist or be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination at time of matriculation. Domestic residents not certified upon matriculation must pass the NBCOT examination by the end of the first semester of the program to maintain enrollment. In the event that a board eligible resident does not pass the NBCOT exam within the first semester of the program, the resident may not continue and must terminate from the program. The resident must apply for re-admission to both the department and University after successfully passing the NBCOT examination.
- International residents are not required to attain NBCOT certification or eligibility; however, such certification facilitates the clinical residency requirement.
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.
Timeline, Coursework and Electives (Updated June 23, 2022)
View timeline, coursework and electives information for the Post-Professional OTD, 2022–23 academic year.
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.
Full time OTD residents will register for the following classes:
- OT 620 (4 units): Current Issues in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
- OT 686 (6 units): Residency — your D-clearance is already provided
Full time residents may also choose to enroll in their elective coursework this semester. Please consult your faculty mentor regarding recommendations for elective coursework that will support your academic and professional goals. Elective coursework must be 500-level or higher and can be taken within or outside of the Chan Division. Please make sure your elective course is taken as a Credit/No Credit or letter grade. The elective course cannot be graded as “Pass/No Pass”, as this will not count towards your graduate degree. If the course requires ‘D’ clearance to register, please contact the Graduate Advisor of the respective department to obtain the clearance. If you have a hold on your registration account, please contact the number listed. If you have any departmental holds or difficulty registering, please contact Dr. Sarah Bream.
Residents admitted with Advanced Standing complete four (4) units of elective coursework. This elective may be taken during any semester of the program. Residents admitted without Advanced Standing complete eight (8) units of electives. Residents have the option of taking their elective units either inside or outside of the Chan Division, but they must be 500-level or higher. If you are a graduate of the USC Chan master’s in occupational therapy program and completed more than 12 units of electives during the MA program, these extra elective units may be applied towards your OTD degree. Please confirm with Dr. Sarah Bream whether or not you have this option.
Health and safety
Health onboarding session
Health Professions Students (June 22, 4PM PST). Register for this session.
The University requires all new USC 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. Additional requirements will be outlined by your residency site.
Student health insurance
Health insurance is required and provided by the University. You are automatically enrolled, even if you are taking less than 6 units. The University of Southern California requires that all students have comprehensive health insurance. If you are already covered under a comprehensive health insurance policy, you may elect to waive University Health Insurance. Please note that Health Science Campus students can obtain services at either campus health center location.
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.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Restorative Occupations events offered each semester by the Chan Division. Students should discuss any requested schedule changes with their residency site and obtain prior approval in advance for these events.
You are welcome to get involved in the many student organizations of the Chan Division.