University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Continuing Education

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The Division strives to offer ongoing learning opportunities for persons who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in occupational science and occupational therapy.

Any occupational therapist who wishes to attend one or more USC courses for credit towards a degree as a “limited status” student is invited to contact Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, by phone at (866) 385-4250 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pathways To Excellence

Designed for the experienced clinician but accessible to all master’s students, these courses are key building blocks in creating programs of study with specific occupational therapy specialty focus areas, enabling graduate students to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise in cutting-edge practice areas.

  • OT 560 School-based Practice
  • OT 564 Sensory Integration Theory
  • OT 571 Assistive Technology
  • OT 572 Ergonomics
  • OT 573 Hand Rehabilitation
  • OT 574 Enhancing Motor Control for Occupation
  • OT 575 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics
  • OT 576 Universal Design
  • OT 578 Therapeutic Communication for the Healthcare Practitioner
  • OT 583 Lifestyle Redesign
  • OT 584 Clinical Applications of Telehealth Technologies
  • OT 610 Sensory Integrative Dysfunction

Read Course Descriptions here.


Developing and Marketing a Private Practice in Occupational Therapy

August 29, 2014   USC Health Sciences Campus 2-4 pm
Learn the basic management principles integral to assessing the potential for starting a private practice in Occupational Therapy.  Participants will acquire knowledge to effectively develop budgets, establish reasonable rates for services and implement a business plan.  You will be given a number of effective / proven marketing tools that can be implemented immediately.

About the speaker: Paul A Fontana, OTR, FAOTA is the owner of the Center for Work Rehabilitation with clinics in Lafayette, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Mr. Fontana is a well known lecturer in the OT community having provided the keynote address at over 35 state occupational therapy conferences.  He will share his experiences in establishing a free standing private occupational therapy practice. 

Earn .2 CEUs.  For registeration info: Fontana_flyer.pdf For additional information, contact Jackie Mardirossian at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 323-442-2811.

The Neurobiology of Swallowing and Dysphagia— Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Swallowing, Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Dysfunction

September 12 & 13, 2014   USC Health Sciences Campus
Working towards your SWC? This is the perfect foundational course to start your training. Seasoned dysphagia clinician looking for clarity? This course will deepen your understanding of the physiological foundations of feeding and take your treatment to a new level. This two-day workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of the biomechanical, neurological and sensory components of normal and abnormal swallowing. Participants will gain increased confidence in their understanding of the neuromuscular control of swallow physiology, and be able to confidently apply this knowledge to day-to-day practice. Through lecture, modifi ed barium swallow study videos, case studies and interactive activities, course participants will acquire the knowledge to assertively address the complex occupation of feeding across the lifespan.

To download the course brochure: USC_CE_September12_Dysphagia_Web.pdf 

Life Management Continuing Education Series

Available via Distance Learning only
The USC Life Management series prepares you to work with patients to both prevent and better manage chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, stress and behavioral health in all practice settings. Modules include: Introduction to Lifestyle Redesign®, Weight and Diabetes Management, Chronic Pain and Headache Management, and Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance. 

For additional information on the Life Management series and to view system requirements for distance learning, please go to:

Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course

Offered every January, April and September.
Course Location: University of Southern California (Health Sciences Campus) and Pediatric Therapy Network (Torrance, CA)
2014 Course Dates:

  • September 8 - December 18, 2014

Proposed 2015 Course Dates:

  • January 5 - April 11, 2015
  • April 13 - July 18, 2015
  • September 8 - December 18, 2015

For additional information on the Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course, please go to:

Sensory Integration Courses with WPS


Although distance-learning courses are not yet available for the academic degree programs, questions regarding future curricula may be directed to Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, at (866) 385-4250 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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Phone: (323) 442-2850 · Toll free: (866) 385-4250
Fax: (323) 442-1540
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914,

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.®



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