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.

Mission, Vision, Values & More (pdf)

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.


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; 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.