The Occupational Therapy Program offered by the School of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy is a post-baccalaureate, graduate, professional entry-level program, leading either to a Master of Occupational Therapy degree (MOT) or a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree (MSOT). Baccalaureate degree should be completed, or a realistic plan of completion should be considered, before beginning of occupational therapy classes. You may major in any field that maximizes your talents and interests; there is no preferred major.
Overall GPA of all baccalaureate work of 3.0 or better. If applicant has multiple degrees the GPA of the more recent degree completed is used as qualifier. Completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better will qualify an applicant with a low undergraduate GPA.
All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade, and you must earn at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. If your prerequisite courses have been completed more than 10 years prior to application, you should submit a petition letter describing how the prerequisite knowledge has been kept current. You will receive written notification of the decision on your petition.
Exposure to practice of occupational therapy (either volunteer or paid) under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist is required. There is no minimum number of hours, but the applicant must demonstrate knowledge across the spectrum of the profession in writing submitted for the application.”
Any undergraduate major may lead to the successful study of occupational therapy. In fact, the department seeks a diversity of educational backgrounds among its students. A liberal education is a vital component in the preparation of today's health care practitioner.
Although most students enter the Occupational Therapy Program having already earned a bachelor's degree, the MOT or MSOT can be completed as a 3-2 program. With careful planning, it is possible for a Puget Sound student to interlock the final year of an undergraduate program with the first year of the master's program. Students at Puget Sound who are planning a 3-2 program should work closely with an undergraduate advisor in their major as well as a graduate advisor in the Occupational Therapy Program. During their first year of study in the Occupational Therapy Program, such students retain their status as undergraduates for financial aid, housing, and other purposes. At the time of bestowal of the bachelor's degree they acquire graduate standing in the Occupational Therapy Program. The Puget Sound Occupational Therapy 3-2 Program is only for those who have been full-time, Puget Sound undergraduate students since at least the beginning of their sophomore year. (In practice, a studnet needs 3 years attendance at the University of Puget Sound, (freshman, sophomore, junior years) in order to fulfill the requirements for the 3-2 Program.
Please note that in most years more applications are received for the incoming class than there are spaces available, and that admission to the University of Puget Sound does not guarantee admission to the Occupational Therapy Program. Applicants who have been or will be granted an undergraduate degree from Puget Sound, however, and who are competitive within the applicant pool, are offered admission prior to transfer students.
For information concerning application procedures and acceptance to degree candidacy, see the Occupational Therapy Program presentation folder (available in the Office of Admission and from the School of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy). For information on completion of degree requirements for the graduate program in Occupational Therapy see the Graduate Programs Bulletin. The course sequence and course descriptions for the MOT and MSOT degrees are contained in both publications.