Oregon Occupational Therapy Universities

Jul 26, 2019

Oregon has three schools that offer occupational therapy programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Prospective students searching for occupational therapy school programs in Oregon have several options available. Programs offered by schools include two-year degrees as occupational therapy assistants, doctoral degrees as occupational therapists (OTs), and an undergraduate degree designed to prepare future OTs for a graduate program. One of the doctoral degrees is available online to qualifying students. Programs in occupational therapy include practicum or clinical requirements that allow students to develop hands-on skills in the field.

Learn more about the Oregon schools to offer programs in occupational therapy.

Linn-Benton Community College

Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) is a 2-year, public school that offers an Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program at the school's Albany campus. Students can also take this same program in an online format thanks to the partnership LBCC has formed with six other Oregon community colleges. Curriculum within the program includes human anatomy and physiology, developmental psychology, physical health theory and practice, mental health theory and practice, pediatric theory and practice, geriatric theory and practice and fieldwork experiences.

Those students that attend participating partner schools will pay the same tuition and fees as students physically taking the training at LBCC, and will list LBCC as the designated school when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students that complete the program will have the necessary training to take the national certification exam toward the goal of becoming a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA). LBCC's program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Pacific University

Pacific University's School of Occupational Therapy offers prospective students graduate level programs at the school's Hillsboro, Oregon campus location. Degree program options include the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and the Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD).

The curriculum for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program includes practical experiences gained in the community in areas that include mental and developmental disabilities, physical rehabilitation and geriatrics. Students that successfully complete the degree program will be prepared to take the national exam through the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) toward the goal of becoming a licensed, professional Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

The 24-month, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program is for individuals already working in the field that are interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skills or pursing a focused area of specialization. The online program is designed for individuals that already have a master's degree and includes coursework that focuses on current occupational therapy practice, terminology and theory.

Pacific University also offers a dual degree program for the Master's of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). The format allows students to work on both degrees simultaneously or complete the MHA upon finishing the clinical OTD program. Pacific University had previously offered a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) but the program was phased out (fall 2012) and the school is now offering prospective students the doctoral programs in occupational therapy.

Southern Oregon University

In preparation for master's degree studies, Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland has an Occupational Therapy Pre-Professional program. The school is a 4-year, public university with a student to faculty ratio of 21:1. Through coursework in biology, psychology, physics, statistics and prerequisite requirements, this 49-credit program prepares students for a professional degree program in occupational therapy. SOU advises students to consult with an advisor to develop an educational plan in their occupational program. Students should also consult the school they wish to attend for their graduate studies to be sure they meet transfer requirements.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Occupational Therapy Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Linn-Benton Community College 2-year, public, college; small city Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) $4,922 in-state*
$10,991 out-of-state* (undergraduate)
Pacific University 4-year; private not-for-profit, university; large suburb Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD),
Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD),
Dual Degree Program - Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Master's of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
$31,515* (graduate)
Southern Oregon University 4-year; public, university; midsize suburb Occupational Therapy Pre-Professional Program $9,615 in-state*
$25,545 out-of-state* (undergraduate)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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