The School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound

The School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound is a national leader in liberal arts education and one of the few “Colleges that Change Lives”, located in Tacoma, Washington. To better position its campus for future generations, they have conducted an 18-month strategic review and released A Sound Future plan.

The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound strives to be an exemplary learning institution that prepares individuals for successful careers in occupational therapy and beyond. This is achieved by building student capacities in critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment and effective expression that will fuel their intellectual curiosity and active inquiry throughout their lives.

Students are actively involved in all aspects of their education, from class participation to laboratory experience and internship. This approach is founded on the idea that human learning occurs through active experiences within a supportive context. Through these encounters, students develop such abilities as precise evaluation; realistic goal setting; creative program planning; versatile problem solving; and tactful yet effective communication.

At the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, we strive to ensure our students have an exceptional educational experience. To this end, we recruit and retain highly-trained faculty with expertise in their areas of study. Furthermore, we seek faculty members who share a passion for creating an academic atmosphere that fosters excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants should submit the following materials: application and program essay; official GRE general exam (sent directly from Educational Testing Service or equivalent test); resume/CV. Both these documents must be postmarked no later than January 15th to ensure timely consideration.

Candidates should demonstrate a dedication to liberal arts education and possess an impressive level of professional expertise in occupational therapy. A minimum of five years’ clinical experience as an occupational therapist or related field is preferred. Furthermore, candidates must possess an impressive scholarly record with original research projects as well as be willing to mentor and supervise student projects.

This position offers you a chance to hone your leadership skills and gain an insightful perspective of the field of Occupational Therapy. The position requires working closely with and assisting the Clinic Director in various administrative support roles within the program, such as supervising work-study students, managing social media accounts, maintaining records for on-campus clinics, scheduling appointments and providing general assistance when needed.

A firm commitment to the philosophy of the School of Occupational Therapy is necessary. This includes an understanding of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and its implications on practice, as well as being cognizant of ethical considerations related to this profession.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination and become registered occupational therapists. In most states, licenses are awarded based on results from this exam.

The School of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. This recognition guarantees that they meet or exceed all national standards in undergraduate and graduate programs in occupational therapy.

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