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
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.
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.
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: