Academics at USC
February 27 - March 3
USC Research Day 2017
University in Focus: Maintaining Relevancy and Sustainability in a changing higher education environment
Things to Remember
MS Occupational Therapy
Mission of the Occupational Therapy Department
To graduate individuals who, having undergone transformative education in occupational therapy, and are well prepared to be competent and compassionate entry-level clinicians and future leaders in the profession.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a vital and dynamic health profession that helps people develop, restore and maximize their skills needed to lead independent, productive, satisfying and fully participatory lives. Occupational therapists work with people whose physical, psychological or cognitive impairments related to illness, injury, a health or developmental condition limit their participation in everyday activities of daily living such as self-care, work and leisure. Occupational therapists use specialized skills to support the abilities and rights of individuals, groups and communities to participate in activities of everyday living. Occupational therapy is a client-centered profession that uses the art and science of promoting health and wellbeing through occupation.
The prospective students’ educational experiences and academic qualification upon entering the program will safeguard their ability to successfully complete the classroom and fieldwork components of the program. The academic pre-requisites are as follows:
- A minimum of BA or BS in any undergraduate subject matter from an accredited institution;
- Pre-requisite courses with a C+ grade or better: Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab; Abnormal Psychology; Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology; Introduction to Statistics, Human Lifespan Development; and Medical Terminology;
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
- TOEFL scores for international applicants from non-English speaking countries.
40 hours of exposure to OT 100 hours of paid or volunteer work with local service or health organizations Personal statement 1-2 page resume Interview with the admissions panel upon invitation.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) at USC
• Full-time for eight semesters including fieldwork placements locally and internationally
• Fieldwork of 1080 placement hours
• Respected local and international faculty experienced in relevant cutting-edge research, education and practice
• Small class size of 18-25 graduate students
• An equipped OT Performance Lab, electronic journals, educational technology in classrooms in a building especially designed for rehabilitation sciences.
Unique Features of the USC MSOT Curriculum
• Integrated curriculum supported by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
• Designed to provide a balance of theory and hands-on experiences to prepare expert clinicians to respond to the occupational needs of Caribbean society.
• A wide range of clinical exposure through fieldwork and service learning to produce confident and competent practitioners.