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Letter from the Chair

Dear Prospective Student,

Gary Bedell

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Occupational Therapy, also known as the Boston School of Occupational Therapy ("BSOT" for short) at Tufts University. The BSOT was founded in 1918 at the request of the surgeon general of the United States Army. In 1945, the BSOT became affiliated with Tufts University. We now offer graduate and doctoral degree programs as part of Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, situated in the dynamic, culturally rich community of Greater Boston on our beautiful Medford campus.

Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy is a top-ranked graduate program with an impressive array of resources for learning, practice, and research. We ensure the broadest and most relevant education, fostering clinical reasoning skills needed for collaborating with diverse client, community, and professional groups to address complex, rapidly changing healthcare and societal needs. As a part of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, we are ideally positioned to educate future professionals, researchers and leaders who can actively participate in and advance an interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach to health and healthcare.

We are pleased to report that we continue to have a strong success rate for our first-time test takers on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination in the past three years. The statistics can be found on our Program Accreditation page. Our graduates succeed in occupational therapy and related careers, are leaders in the field, and maintain strong links with their alma mater.

I am proud of our tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and community service. Occupational therapists have learned from research and practice that participation in meaningful daily life activities and routines ("occupations") is strongly linked to health and well-being across the lifespan. Occupational therapists support clients' participation in home, school and community life. We address a range of factors that may affect clients' participation, such as clients' health conditions, abilities, interests and goals; family's needs and resources; and enabling and disabling features of the physical and social environment.

I am especially proud of our faculty, who are excellent teachers and well-known scholars and researchers. They are accessible to and supportive of students' learning needs. Recognizing that our students come to us from all over the nation and the world, faculty and staff are devoted to maintaining a diverse and culturally aware learning atmosphere. We offer various study abroad options at top-ranked international programs and the opportunity for students to focus on individual interests through mentored studies and projects.

We welcome your inquiries about our program and hope to welcome you to Tufts and the field of occupational therapy.


Gary Bedell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Chair

Department of Occupational Therapy
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Tufts University