Strengths of the Program
Among clinicians, graduates, and prospective students, the Occupational Therapy Program at Puget Sound has established an excellent reputation. Contributions to this reputation include the program's
- nationally recognized faculty dedicated to teaching excellence
- closely supervised, on-campus clinical experience with real clients (children and adult) and off-campus mental health treatment experience
- strong anatomy, biomechanics, and neuroscience foundations
- principles of analysis: human movement, task performance, environment
- theory and practice of pediatrics, gerontology, physical disabilities, and mental health
- extensive thermoplastic splinting and assistive technology labs
- computer-based interactive video patient simulations
- extensive use of Internet for information and communication
The on-site teaching clinic is a unique feature of the Occupational Therapy Program at Puget Sound. This is a pro-bono clinic where students perform every part of evaluation and treatment of clients, from the first visit to the last, under the supervision of expert clinicians from the community who are hired to teach, without having responsibility for a caseload of their own. The pace of the clinic is customized to student learning needs, and communication between students and clinical instructors is constant. This learning environment will give you an unparalleled transitional experience that will help you benefit more fully from internships in the community. The effectiveness of the process is evident in the reports of clinical instructors, who consistently state that Puget Sound students adapt to the clinic environment more quickly and effectively than other students they have encountered. In the on-site clinic, you will have the opportunity to participate in three specialty services, including mental health, pediatrics, and adult rehabilitation. Clients come from the University and the surrounding community for evaluation, treatment planning, and treatment implementation. Occupational Therapy students, under the supervision of licensed Occupational Therapists, provide these services to clients with diagnoses consisting of, but not limited to, stroke, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.
Interactive Video Programs
Designed and produced by Puget Sound Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy faculty, interactive video tutorials on the science of human movement, on infant neurodevelopmental evaluation, and patient simulations where students can experience the Occupational Therapy neurological assessment of an actual client. Student decision-making alone drives the video forward. Both immediate and cumulative feedback is given by the program to promote students' clinical reasoning skills.
Writing & Publishing Excellence
Puget Sound occupational therapy graduates are known for their writing skills. The superior writing ability of graduates is consistently recognized by clinical employers. In addition, from 1990 through 2007, approximately 15 percent of the Puget Sound Occupational Therapy masters students published their theses, policy, advocacy, leadership (PAL) projects, or critical appraisal topics in a refereed health care journal. Occupational Therapy masters students who have been published in peer reviewed journals 2008 - 2010 include:
- Maryam Malekpour, "Needs assessment of runaway females in Iran from an occupational therapy perspective," Occupational Therapy International, 2008
- Brooken Sayers, "Collaboration in School Settings: A Critical Apprasial of the Topic", Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 2008
- Michelle Brown, "Is there evidence that providing home interventions for obese children ages 7-17 is an effective method for creating lifestyle changes?", Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 2010
- Katie O'Brien, "Recreation and Children with Autism: A Crticial Apprasial of the Topic", Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 2010
- Elissa Worthen, "Sensory-based Interventions in the General Education Classroom: A Critical Apprasial of the Topic", Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 2010
Impressive Empirical Outcomes
- In the past three years (calendar years 2009, 2010, 2011) a total of 77 students graduated from the Puget Sound occupational therapy entry-level masters program. 75 of these students took the national certification test of NBCOT during this period, and 65 passed it on the first try (an 86.7 percent first time passing rate, compared to a nationwide rate of 81.6 percent).
- Superior clinical writing by graduates is consistently recognized by clinical supervisors.
- Clinical readiness among Puget Sound graduates is widely recognized by clinical employers as outstanding.