Association of College Honor Societies


Pi Theta Epsilon

Occupational Therapy

Admitted to ACHS: 1996

Founded at the University of New Hampshire, 1959

No of Active Chapters: 89

Total Membership: 959

Publications: Quarterly Newsletter: The Scroll and Pen

PURPOSE: To recognize and encourage scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students. To contribute to the advancement of the field of occupational therapy through the scholarly activities of students and alumni, and provide a vehicle for students to exchange information and to collaborate regarding scholarly activities.


A student shall be invited to apply for membership in PTE if she or he meets the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is enrolled in an accredited and/or professional occupational therapy program and has attained second semester junior standing in the OT program or completed 9 semester hours in a Master's program.
  • The student is among the top 35% of the class
  • The student has at least one entire semester remaining before she or he leaves for a fieldwork placement.

*Part time students are eligible if they have completed the minimum number of credit hours giving them second semester junior status or completed 9 hours in a Master's program. GPA's for part-time students shall be figured separately for each student.

A candidate must also present 2 of the following items:

  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Prior scholastic recognition and awards
  • Evidence that papers have been submitted and/or accepted to local or national meetings and publications
  • Documented leadership, e.g., service organizations or community activities during the college years.

Candidates will be nominated and reviewed by a Review Board comprised of the current PTE Chapter President, the faculty advisor and 2 alumni members. Election shall be by a majority vote of the chapter.

Pi Theta Epsilon does not discriminate against any prospective member on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, or age.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Each chapter plans its own activities. The National organization hosts an annual meeting, funds an annual research award, and distributes a quarterly newsletter to members.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: David Robertson, PTE Coordinator, 12300 Twinbrook Pkwy, Suite 520, Rockville, MD 20852

Tel: (240) 292-1077  Fax: (240) 396-6188

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 2/5/2020