OT to be graduate-only

Undergrad degree to phase out after 50 current enrollees graduate

Following a vote by the accrediting agency for U.S. occupational therapy programs that all programs must be exclusively postbaccalaureate-level by 2007, the Puget Sound occupational therapy faculty has recommended that the University phase out its undergraduate OT curriculum over the next three years.

The university currently has 50 baccalaureate students in the OT program, and about 10 expecting to apply for admission in fall 2001. No further undergraduates will be admitted after that date. Undergrads will have completed their course of study by spring 2003.

During the transition planning, the faculty decided that two professional entry-level degree programs were desirable: one emphasizing research (as at present), and a new one highlighting policy, advocacy and leadership. These degrees, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Occupational Therapy, respectively, have been approved to be offered beginning in the fall of 2001.