University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Hospital-Based Occupational Therapy Programs

Bariatric Center of Excellence

  • Incorporate lifestyle and habit changes into daily living prior to surgery
  • Improve safety and performance of personal care activities
  • Prepare for return to work, school, social and other activities
  • Overcome barriers to following dietary guidelines

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Incorporate post-operative precautions
  • Improve functional strength and activity endurance
  • Safely perform basic personal care activities and daily routines
  • Develop a home transition plan including caregivers
  • Provide recommendations for appropriate referral to continued outpatient rehabilitation

Low Vision

  • Provide low vision rehabilitation services
  • Teach visual perception and ocular motor retraining
  • Enhance independence and safety in everyday activities at home, work and in the community
  • Recommend assistive devices and technology as needed

Lymphedema and Edema Management

  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase independent performance of self-care
  • Minimize possibility of bacterial infection
  • Reduce swelling through manual therapy and compression bandaging
  • Provide personal plan for lymphedema management in the context of everyday activities

Neurology/ Neurosurgery

  • Introduce neuromuscular re-education
  • Perform neurorehabilitation of hand functioning
  • Employ splinting and physical modalities
  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, Pain Management, and Headaches


  • Recover functional activity performance
  • Reprioritize personal goals during progressive debilitation or during remission
  • Intervene to minimize nerve injury and sensory loss, and improve range of motion and strength
  • Decrease contractures, edema or lymphedema, and manage debilitating pain and fatigue
  • Lifestyle Redesign® Cancer Survivors


  • Ensure compliance with movement restrictions or other precautions
  • Early out-of-bed ambulation during practice of automated routines
  • Educate and train use of adaptive equipment to increase independence
  • Prevent falls by planning for the challenges, routines and environments of everyday life
  • Provide customized plans for daily activities that optimize likelihood of better surgical outcomes

Psychiatry/ Mental Health

  • Improve capacity for functional activity
  • Reinforce healthy routines and daily habits
  • Enhance role performance to successfully meet the demands of everyday life in the community


  • Improve physical and psychosocial health to promote transplantation candidacy
  • Maintain quality of life through successful activity performance and routines
  • Restore independence in daily living activities and meaningful occupations

Hand Therapy

  • Assess and treat limitations in strength, coordination, sensation and motor control
  • Customized splinting and positioning
  • Teach therapeutic exercise
  • Retrain neuromuscular system
  • Desensitize
  • Customize plan for maximizing function and avoiding injury in the context of everyday activities

To make an appointment or for more information, speak with your physician for a referral or call us at (323) 442-8850 today!

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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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