Established in 1984, Pacific University is the first and only professional occupational therapy school in the state of Oregon.
The School of Occupational Therapy provides transformational education of students, integrating humanistic values with the best scientific evidence to become occupational therapists committed to occupation-based practice, life-long learning, service, and advocacy.
Pacific University Occupational Therapy educates practice scholars who integrate service and research to lead and promote occupational justice in healthcare and society to enhance occupational well-being.
The mission of the School of Occupational Therapy is to provide a transformational education to students that assures they are well-equipped to enter practice with skills and knowledge to be leaders in healthcare and the promotion of occupational justice.
Design of the Curriculum
The ultimate goal of our occupational therapy transformational education is to prepare occupational therapists to serve people to participate in the full range of life's everyday activities, or occupations. Scientific evidence shows that meaningful occupational engagement leads to improved health and well-being.
Curricular Structure & Sequence
Throughout the 3 year curriculum, assignments are used across courses and in ways that help students optimize learning from field experiences, and promote efficiency and effectiveness in an intensive course of study. Further integrated learning occurs as fieldwork education is interspersed throughout the curriculum, beginning in the winter term of the first year.