The entry level Master's Program in Occupational Therapy, leading to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) is for college graduates who wish to become occupational therapists but do not have work experience in the field of occupational therapy. The program, which requires completion of 14.5 units of Occupational Therapy coursework, is two academic years in length plus a minimum of six months of full-time fieldwork experience.
There are three phases to the Occupational Therapy course of study: pre-professional, professional, and field experience.
The pre-professional phase occurs prior to enrollment in the program. During this phase, applicants complete Occupational Therapy program prerequisites.
During the professional phase, students complete the required Occupational Therapy coursework.
The fieldwork experience phase consists of completion of at least six months of full-time practice under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in a medical center, school, or health care facility. Following completion of the fieldwork experience, students are eligible to take the written national certification examination. In states with occupational therapy licensure laws, passing the national examination is accepted as evidence of competence to practice.
In 2011 the university completed Weyerhaeuser Hall, housing several health science departments including the School of Occupational Therapy.
*Average overall GPA: 3.84 (range 3.37 – 4.0)
*Average overall prerequisite GPA: 3.89 (range 3.50 – 4.0)
*Average score on Verbal GRE: 77th percentile
*Average score on Quantitative GRE: 57th percentile
*Average score on Analytical GRE: 77th 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 2013-2015 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