University of Southern California

USC Independent Health Professions at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

Ranked No. 1 by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 rankings, the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy integrates innovative research, education and clinical practice into its curriculum for all students. Here Associate Clinical Professor Julie McLaughlin Gray (right) demonstrates techniques for safe patient mobility to occupational therapy graduate students Amy Danielson OTD ’14 (left) and Sharon Kim MA ’14 (center).

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are administered by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Both of these divisions offer outstanding education at either the graduate or undergraduate level.

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy was established in 1944. For those entering the physical therapy profession, the division offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy. For practicing physical therapists, the division offers a Master of Science. In addition, the division offers the nation’s longest-standing Ph.D. degree program in Physical Therapy, now a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology. Experienced clinicians with a master’s degree in physical therapy may be eligible for the Doctor of Physical Therapy in an Advanced Standing program. Clinicians specializing in a specific area of practice may enter the Clinical Residency Program. The division is headquartered on the Health Sciences Campus.

The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy opened in 1942 and is headquartered on the Health Sciences Campus. More than 50 percent of the recipients of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s highest awards have been USC alumni. The division offers a professional degree program allowing students to earn a B.S. degree and, in one additional year, an M.A. in occupational therapy. These graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® examination. The division offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts, the world’s first Ph.D. in Occupational Science and the professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy master’s-level professional degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education®, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org.