Mandy Bowdoin OTD '19 knows more about what is required to be an occupational therapist than most people.
Occupational Therapy (OTD)
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.
Occupational therapists help people do the things they want to do, improving their sense of satisfaction and contributing to their subsequent well-being. They work in business and industrial workplaces, community-based programs, health agencies, hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers. There are a growing number of career opportunities available to occupational therapists.
The first two years of the program are delivered on campus in Hillsboro, Ore., while Year 3 is offered in a distance-based learning environment. Integrated fieldwork opportunities offer local, national and international experience.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states also require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. For additional details, see the certification and licensure page.
The School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University is a professional entry-level occupational therapy program and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Accreditation has been granted for 2014/15 through 2021/22 at entry-level doctorate.
Questions regarding accreditation by ACOTE should be directed through their website or to their administrative office at the following:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
The School of Occupational Therapy also offers a graduate certificate in gerontology along with the OTD.
Dr. Sean Roush and Dr. Kevin Chui will serve in interim leadership roles.
Angela Mart OT ’06 has worked at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore., as an occupational therapist for the last three years.