About Us

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. Read more...

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.  Read more...

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.  Read more...


Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state licensureIndividuals convicted of a felony may not be eligible for certification or licensing in Occupational Therapy.  Students are urged to contact the appropriate certification or licenser agency for further information.    Please select the following link to obtain information: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.   The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy 12 South Summit Ave. Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, phone (301) 990-7979, fax (301) 869-8492.

Program Values

Teaching & Learning

Students learn best through varied experiences in a range of environments that have direct application to the development of practice skills and understanding of human occupation.


By active engagement of mind, body, and spirit in interaction with the environment, persons learn, grow, and actualize life roles that bring meaning, satisfaction, and well-being.

Critical Reasoning

Critical thinking is essential for effective analysis, integration and synthesis of information and systems to enact best practice.


Occupation (engaging in meaningful daily activities) has the transformative power to enhance participation in life.

Ethical Practice

Sound ethical reasoning underlies and guides all that we do to maintain and promote high standards of practice.


Occupational Justice

Promoting more equitable opportunities for individuals and populations to engage in a healthful range of occupations to sustainably support well-being and quality of life