School of Occupational Therapy


1. Transition to OTD Program 

Effective Fall 2020 the School of Occupational Therapy will transition to an entry level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD). The University of Puget Sound is currently seeking this new accreditation. Pending approval of the accreditation process, candidates who apply for and are accepted into the class starting Fall 2020 will graduate with an OTD. Our last cohort for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree will start the Fall 2019 semester. The next application cycle will be for the anticipated OTD program. Please check back February 1st for more details. 

As we transition to the entry-level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, many of the unique factors of our Program will remain, such as the onsite clinic, experiential learning in context, and community engagement. The new entry-level OTD degree will allow our graduates to be better prepared to address the changing milieu of occupational therapy practice across context including population-based services.


2.  Information Sessions

All information sessions for prospective students interested in the entry-level OTD program are held on Friday’s in Weyerhaeuser Hall.  Here are the Spring and Summer 2019 dates:

  • March 1, 2019;  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • March 29, 2019;  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • May 3, 2019;  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 7, 2019;  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • July 5, 2019;  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • August 2, 2019;  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

OTD Information Sessions


3.  OT Evidence Symposium 

The Evidence Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 from 6 - 8p.m. For more information, and to register, please click here: 

OT Evidence Symposium



The School of Occupational Therapy

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

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA. Visit them online at:


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 2015-2017 was 105, with an overall graduation rate of 97%. (Students in the MSOT program graduate every December upon completing their fieldwork placements).

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2015 32/31  97%
2016 32/32 100%
2017 44/42 95%
Total  108/105  97%


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 2015-2017 was 102 of 102, which is a pass rate of 100%. 

NBCOT Test Year New Graduates Testing/Passing New Graduates % Passing
2015 31/31 100%
2016 31/31 100%
2017  40/40 100%
Total 102/102 100%

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: