Occupational Therapy at Pacific University

If you want to become an Occupational Therapist

The School of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree and prerequisites. The first two years the program is delivered on campus, and year three is offered in a distance-based learning environment. Integrated fieldwork opportunities offers local, national and international opportunities. Learn more

Are you curious about the difference between a Masters and the Doctorate degree?  Learn more

If you are already a practicing Occupational Therapist

The On-line Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program offers the recent Pacific School of OT graduate (2008-2014) an online program that will achieve leadership and advocacy skills through specialty tracks in gerontology, health care management, academic teaching and global practice. Completion of this program is approximately 18 months. Learn more

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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 licensure. Individuals 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 Facts

Degrees Offered

Doctor of OT (OTD)

On-line Post-Professional OTD

Graduation Requirements for the Entry Level OTD

Class Size

Doctor of OT:  32

On-line Post Professional:  20

Application Deadline

Entry Level OTD- January 11th

Post Professional:  July 15th

Program Length

Entry Level OT- 34 Months
On-line Post Professional:  17-24 months


OT-Highest Ranked Rehabilitation Profession

Forbes:  The Best Jobs in Healthcare in 2014

Average OT Salary

$76,400 (May 2012)*
Bureau of Labor Statistics


Expected Job Growth, 2010-20

33%, much faster than average

Bureau of Labor Statistics