Dec 08, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

School of Occupational Therapy

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School of Occupational Therapy Programs

  • Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
  • Hawai’i Outreach Initiative

Hawai’i Outreach Initiative

Pacific University has a long-standing history with students from Hawai’i and would like to extend that relationship to our School of Occupational Therapy Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). We are committed to addressing the occupational therapy workforce needs in Hawai’i and Pacific Rim.

This Hawai’i Outreach Initiative is both a focused admissions process and a clinical fieldwork priority in the state of Hawai’i. The top five scoring Hawai’i Outreach applicants each year will be guaranteed an interview for the OTD program. Although an interview does not guarantee admission, it is an acknowledgment of our desire to help meet the educational and career needs of the State.

In order to qualify for the Hawai’i Outreach Initiative, a prospective OTD student must be a resident of Hawai’i and express an active intent to return to the islands to practice as an occupational therapist. The residency requirement may be shown by one or more of the following: current address or permanent address, high school diploma, college diploma, or current driver’s license.

Students accepted into the Hawai’i Outreach Initiative complete the first two years of the OTD in Hillsboro, Oregon. They have the first opportunity to participate in available clinical fieldwork experiences in Hawai’i and have the opportunity to complete the final year of the program in Hawai’i. Pacific University continually seeks out clinical fieldwork sites in Hawai’i that will provide students with quality clinical experiences to meet the state of Hawai’i occupational therapy licensing requirements.

There is no separate application for the Hawai’i Outreach Initiative. Students from Hawai’i are identified through their application materials and their stated commitment to return to Hawai’i following graduation to work as an Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) practitioner. Contact Graduate Admissions with questions.



    Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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