School of Occupational Therapy

At Puget Sound we believe that the study of occupational therapy is enhanced by the liberal arts emphasis of the university. Nurtured in a collaborative yet academically rigorous environment, our students learn to think critically and analytically, develop a set of personal values and professional goals, and become intellectually autonomous. Students benefit from research and program development opportunities, comprehensive fieldwork experiences, and a curriculum designed to develop professional reasoning skills, build exceptional documentation skills, and educate health care professionals beyond the minimum professional entry level.

Occupational therapy students at Puget Sound become insightful evaluators and capable professionals with extensive hands-on client interaction and research experience. Our graduates pursue distinguished careers locally and around the world as expert clinicians, school system consultants, faculty members, successful private practitioners, clinic managers, and leaders of professional organizations.




The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The program was awarded a certificate of accreditation for a period of 10 years in 2012.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.2682;

NBCOT Pass Rate

Puget Sound occupational therapy graduates have consistently demonstrated strong educational outcomes. The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test-takers in 2009-2011 was 65 of 75, which is a pass rate of 86.7%. During that 3-year time period, the program has had 77 graduates. The comparable passing rate nationwide (12,321 examinees) was 81.6%.