Info for Parents Counselors

Applying to the School of Occupational Therapy

The University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy is now participating in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Students who wish to apply to programs that are on the OTCAS system need only submit one application, one set of references, and one set of official transcripts directly to the OTCAS system. The complete application is then distributed to each program that you select. For details about applying to University of Puget Sound using the OTCAS system, please go to the OTCAS website at

Please see the Application Requirements Checklist for a full list of items that must be submitted to complete your Puget Sound Occupational Therapy application.

The Puget Sound Occupational Therapy program Admission Committee bases its admission decisions on the best balance of the following:

  • Academic ability as demonstrated by grade point average and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • Written communication skills.
  • Understanding of the role and functions of occupational therapy and the importance of a graduate degree in occupational therapy.
  • Undergraduate GPA.
  • Academic performance in prerequisite courses.
  • Letters of reference.

If you have any questions regarding applying to Puget Sound, please contact the Office of Admission by phone at 253.879.3211 or send an e-mail message.  Program questions may be directed to the School of Occupational Therapy at 253.879.3514 or

For information regarding financial aid, please e-mail or call the Office of Student Financial Services at 800.396.7192. Additional financial aid information can be found by visiting the Financing Your Education Web page.

Application Deadline

Please note that the OTCAS application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time/8:59 p.m. Pacific time on December 1.

Click here for more information about deadlines.