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 Sarah Kelly, 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.


The Neurorehabilitation Workshop

May 31 and June 7, 2014   USC, Health Sciences Campus
The Neurorehabilitation Workshop is a two-day continuing education course that covers evidence-based practice for the stroke and brain injury population. Part I includes “Motor Learning and Functional Training for Neuromuscular Re-education,” and Part II includes “New Technologies and Interventions for Stroke Rehabilitation.” The goal of this course is to educate and equip therapists with the knowledge and skills to provide effective interventions based on current, high-quality research. Participants of the course will receive hands-on education on the following:
• establishing an effective motor learning program;
• forming innovative occupation-based activities;
• implementing a modified constraint-induced therapy program;
• using new technologies and devices.

For additional information on The Neurorehabilitation Workshop and to download the brochure please go to: Neurorehabilitation_brochure.pdf

Documentation for Reimbursement

July 25, 2014   USC, Health Sciences Campus
Effective documentation and coding are critical issues in educational, research and clinical practice environments. Rules and regulations as well as penalties and sanctions have become increasing complex and far reaching. The information presented in this course will provide participants
with an understanding of basic compliance principles, specific concepts relevant to the practice, documentation, billing and coding of occupational therapy services, and critical updates of regulatory changes and new proposed rules. Insight from a medical reviewer about the mindset that is needed to create clinical documentation that will clearly justify the need for the special skills of an occupational therapist. Understand the reviewer’s rationale for denying claims. Learn how to decrease audit potential and how to handle appeals.

For additional information on Documentation for Reimbursement and to download the brochure please go to: Documentation for Reimbursement.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:

  • January 6 - April 4, 2014
  • April 7 - July 3, 2014
  • September 8 - December 18, 2014

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 Sarah Kelly, 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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