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 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.

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.

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.