The School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound offers high quality educational opportunities at the master's level for individuals seeking to become an occupational therapist (entry level). Our entry level program is a two-and-one-half year, master's level course of study for entry into the profession.
Puget Sound's program combines the excellence of a dedicated faculty with an on-campus clinic that gives students a unique learning environment for putting theory and skills into practice. Students evaluate and treat clients under the supervision of expert community clinicians. Students also experience rigorous research and program development opportunities.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), 12 South Summit Avenue Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, telephone: 301.990.7979, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice, and state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. (Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or obtain a state license.)
In 2011 the university completed Weyerhaeuser Hall, housing several health science departments including the School of Occupational Therapy.
*Average overall GPA: 3.75 (range 3.28 – 4.0)
*Average overall prerequisite GPA: 3.82 (range 3.40 – 4.0)
*Average score on Verbal GRE: 68th percentile
*Average score on Quantitative GRE: 47th percentile
*Average score on Analytical GRE: 70th percentile
Puget Sound participates in the WICHE Program. WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students from certain states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs usually because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home states. If you qualify for WICHE funding, you will pay reduced tuition at Puget Sound. Please review their website to see if you qualify and to start the application process. http://www.wiche.edu/psep
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 2011-2013 was 98 of 101, which is a pass rate of 97%. During that 3-year time period, the program has had 101 graduates.
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: https://secure.nbcot.org/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX