The University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy is distinctive not only because it meets and exceeds ACOTE standards, but also because we offer students unique experiences and distinguish ourselves from other programs because we:
- Are embedded in a liberal arts institution that is strongly student-centered.
- Believe students learn best through collaborative learning with teachers and peers that includes active engagement with knowledge, skills, and reasoning needed to become occupational therapists.
- Provide capstone authentic learning experiences in community and campus-based clinics that enable students to engage in the entire occupational therapy process prior to their level II fieldwork.
- Have state-of-the-art facilities that foster collaboration with other health professions' students and faculty.
The Puget Sound approach to occupational therapy education pays off. In the past three years, graduates taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam for the first time have passed at a rate of 97 percent. Graduates quickly find employment in desirable medical and community settings. Fieldwork educators and employers tell us that graduates of the program “hit the ground running, and demonstrate excellent writing skills.” The professional careers of our alumni demonstrate that they embrace lifelong learning, are successful evidence-based practitioners, and become leaders in the field.