School of Occupational Therapy

The School of Occupational Therapy

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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 professional values and goals, and become intellectually autonomous. Students benefit from innovative project opportunities, comprehensive fieldwork experiences, and a curriculum designed to develop professional reasoning skills, build exceptional documentation skills, and prepare them to exceed the minimum requirements for entry level practice.

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

The entry-level OTD has been granted Candidacy Status.  Once accreditation has been granted for the OTD, OTD graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist.

For information regarding accreditation, contact the ACOTE at (301) 652-2682, or ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  All basic professional programs must comply with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, 2011. 

Graduation Data

The total number of graduates from the University of Puget Sound, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 105, with an overall graduation rate of 97%. (Students in the MSOT program graduate every December and May upon completing their fieldwork placements).

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 32/32 100%
2017 43/44 97%
2018 30/31 97%
Total  105/107 98%

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 year new graduate test-takers in 2016-2018 was 113 of 113, which is a pass rate of 100%. 

NBCOT Test Year New Graduates Testing/Passing New Graduates % Passing
2016 31/31 100%
2017  40/40 100%
2018 42/42 100%
Total 113/113 100%

To view our pass rate data by year, here is the direct link to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results: