School of Occupational Therapy


Established in 1984, Pacific University is the first and only professional occupational therapy school in the state of Oregon. The school offers a doctor of occupational therapy degree for entry-level students.


The School of Occupational Therapy engages students in transformational education, integrating humanistic values with scientific evidence to become occupational therapists committed to occupation-based practice, life-long learning, scholarship, service, and advocacy to promote occupational well-being and justice in healthcare and society.


The School of Occupational Therapy aims to be a distinctive, innovative program in which students experience a collaborative, meaningful education that inspires them to continue embracing and advocating for occupation as a source for health and 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.

Program Values

Contextual 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.

Doing | 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.

Transformation | Occupation (engaging in meaningful daily activities) has the transformative power to enhance participation in life; through engaging in learning, students frame, envision and reflect upon their beliefs about human capacity and potential.

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

Occupational Justice | Promote more equitable and sustainable opportunities for individuals and populations to engage in a range of healthful occupations to support well-being and quality of life.

Cultural Inclusion | Embrace diverse ideas and foster a climate of inclusion that promotes creative, best practices in which each person’s unique worldview and experience is sought and respected.