University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Prerequisites to Fieldwork

There are several prerequisite requirements that all entry-level USC OT students need to be fulfill prior to doing any level of fieldwork. As an entry-level OT student at USC, you are required to complete the following:

1. Fieldwork Student Profile and the Consent for release of information

2. Bloodborne Pathogens Training

3. Learning Style Inventory. See “Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire”.

4. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) certification

5. Student Health Clearance to ensure current compliance for required immunizations and health history

6. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification by the American Heart Association is required while you are in the program. The course students need to take is Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (commonly called “BLS for Healthcare Providers”). The certificate is valid for 2 years. All incoming students will be required to take this class in September of their first year. The cost to attend is currently $40.00. Currently the Division conducts 2 AHA courses each year in January and September. You will be notified of the time and date through the Division’s email listservs.

7. If required by the site, get fingerprinted, have a background check, and/or drug testing. Results should be sent directly to your fieldwork site.

  • Fingerprinting can be completed through Live Scan fingerprinting services.
  • Unless your site specifies a vendor, USC OT recommends CertifiedBackground.com. Ask your site first if they will accept CertifedBackground.com
  • Instructions:
    • Go to CertifiedBackground.com and click on “Students”
    • In the “package code” box, enter your appropriate code:
    • Students needing BOTH Background Check and Drug Test: UA64
    • Students needing ONLY Background Check: UA64BC
    • Students needing ONLY Drug Test: UA64DT
    • Click “Continue”
    • Follow the prompts to complete the order. Once your order is submitted, you will receive a password via email to view your results. The results will be available in approximately 48-72 hours

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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
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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, acoteonline.org

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

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