A welcome break from scorching temperatures earlier in the week provided ideal conditions as Pacific University held commencement exercises for six schools of its College of Health Professions on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Forest Grove Campus.
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 also offers a graduate certificate in gerontology along with the OTD.
Pacific University will hold commencement exercises for several programs within the university's
College of Health Professions students in the schools of Audiology, Dental Hygiene Studies, Graduate Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Leadership, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies celebrated graduation with family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 12.