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A Day in the Life of an OT Student

Though student schedules do vary, here is an example of a typical day for one MA-II student in the first year:

  • 7:00 am: Wake-up and turn on the coffee pot before I pick out what to wear.
  • 7:15 am: Take a shower and get dressed.
  • 7:45 am: Pour myself a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, and quickly check my email.
  • 8:30 am: Pack my lunch, grab my things, and start the commute. I have to allow for traffic on the 10 freeway and also a little extra time to find parking.
  • 9:00 am: Go to lecture.
  • 11:00 am: Take a short break—Great time to get a refill of my coffee if I need more.
  • 11:15 am: Resume lecture or lab.
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch with classmates.
  • 1:30 pm: Attend my next lecture.
  • 3:30 pm: Catch up on work or go to the gym for an hour to run or do yoga.
  • 6:30 pm: Drive to meet up with friends to cook dinner and maybe watch TV.
  • 8:30 pm: Go home and check email. Complete necessary readings or review notes.
  • 10:00 pm: Get ready for bed.

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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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