Occupational therapists promote the ability to thrive and live the best life possible by enabling people to engage in the occupations that are personally meaningful to them. At Pacific, occupational therapy academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that is founded on a biopsychosocial model, which is client centered and designed to meet the diverse needs of the communities we serve.
The Pacific Advantage
Students in the entry-level Doctor of Occupational therapy program have close interactions and personal attention from our faculty. Many classes are small seminar style with larger lecture groups having about 40 students.
- Faculty have extensive clinical experience, specialty certifications, research experience, and are passionate about teaching students and OT.
- Hands-on practical experiences throughout curriculum
- Biopsychosocial modeled curriculum
- Community engagement and volunteering experiences
- Faculty and peer mentoring
- Interprofessional collaboration of professions in the School of Health Sciences
The mission of the OTD program is to prepare students to become competent socially conscious practitioners in the use of occupation as a therapeutic measure through compassionate, client-centered, humanistic, science-driven, interdisciplinary collaboration to promote integrated health and wellness behaviors across the lifespan of populations and diverse communities. The curriculum aims to optimize a student-centered approach to understand the value of occupation in various life roles through biological, social, and psychological variables.