Pi Theta Epsilon
The mission of Pi Theta Epsilon is to support the practice of occupational sciences and the practice of authentic occupational therapy by promoting research, leadership and scholarly activities by its members. In this way, the organization serves not only the profession, but helps to ensure quality health care services for the general public.
The purposes of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), as stated in the society's constitution, are to:
- Recognize and encourage scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students
- Contribute to the advancement of the field of occupational therapy through scholarly activities, such as research development, continuing education, and information exchange between student and alumni members; and
- Provide a vehicle for students enrolled in accredited programs in occupational therapy to exchange information and to collaborate regarding scholarly activities.
Pi Theta Epsilon began at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 1958. In 1987, the American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association (ASCOTA), now the Association of Student Delegates (ASD), surveyed existing chapters about standards to establish and maintain a national honor society. In 1988, the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation agreed to provide sponsorship and assistance in achieving recognition as a national honor society. An advisory committee was established and an operating budget was provided to support Pi Theta Epsilon activities through 1994. Work was undertaken to increase the number of chapters; register a logo, and become recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). By March 1995, there were 43 operational chapters in the United States. In 2008, the AOTF Bylaws were amended to include the PTE president as a voting member of the Foundation Board of Directors. There are currently over 80 active chapters.
- Election of new members shall include those who have demonstrated superior scholarship.
- Rank in the highest 35% of their class in scholarship,
- Have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 since entering the occupational therapy program
- Have completed the number of credit hours used by the institution to designate one full academic term equivalency in al master's level program in occupational therapy.
- A student must have at least one entire semester remaining after initiation before leaving for a fieldwork placement.
- The applicant shall also submit a short essay (250 words) stating why she/he wishes to join PTE.
- Uniform review criteria shall be established as PTE policy.
Members of PTE are expected to be engaged in scholarly, research and leadership activities
to fulfill the mission of PTE. Below is a list of sample activities the Gama Epsilon
Chapter at the University of South Alabama has been engaged in.
- Assisted OT faculty with interview process of perspective students
- Assisted with annual Backpack Awareness day activity
- Guest speakers at monthly Pre-OT Club Meetings
- Assisted with a Sign Language class for OT students
- Camp Odyssey (2-day grief camp for local children) Volunteer Buddies
- Mentor incoming PTE officers and mentors
- Assisted with new OT student orientation and developed OT School Survivor Tips
- Attended the AOTA Student Conclave
- Attended the AOTA National Convention
- Attended Higher Education Day
- Attended ALOTA Conference
- Annual contribution to Mary J. Bridle Scholarship Fund
- Participated in development, conduct, write-up and presentation of a study titled: Book Bag Use Characteristics of MSOT students
- Developed and presented a Disaster Awareness Poster Presentation