Student Organizations

Many of our occupational therapy students enhance their Quinnipiac experience, both academically and socially, by joining our OT student organizations.

Being a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association or the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society is a perfect complement to your academic experience.

It helps you meet and socialize with students who share your interests, develops your leadership skills and looks great on your resume.

Student Occupational Therapy Association

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) promotes awareness and understanding of occupational therapy to the public and to our Quinnipiac community.

Throughout the year, SOTA engages in many volunteer activities to benefit various groups. Members of SOTA have gone to the Veteran's Administration (VA) hospital to brighten the days of veterans, to a number of nursing homes to educate the elderly on various topics relating to their daily lives, and to the Humane Society to play with the animals and beautify their grounds so people are more likely to come and adopt them. SOTA members have also made homemade weighted blankets to donate to local elementary schools, made Valentine's day cards and brought them to homeless shelters, and advocated for the OT profession on a larger scale by writing to policy makers and much more!

The organization has students from every year level so that they can collaborate and share experiences in the occupational therapy program inside the classroom and in fieldwork. SOTA also brings together occupational therapy students at various levels in a mentoring program to provide support and ease the stress of college life.

SOTA is also an organization that values personal and professional enrichment. The organization has invited various professionals from the field to speak to the members about what they do in their specialty areas such as animal-assisted therapy, hand therapy, school-based therapy, acute care occupational therapy, etc.

For more information on SOTA, please contact us at

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon is the national academic honor society for occupational therapy students who attend an accredited program.

PTE upholds high scholastic achievement and performs community service and ongoing research.

Qualifications for acceptance to PTE include a GPA of at least 3.5 and class rankings within the top 20 percent of the occupational therapy class and the top 35 percent of the University class.

Quinnipiac University PTE is a student-run, faculty-advised chapter that sponsors speakers, performs fund raising and promotes the visibility of OT in the community. Members network informally with other OT students and OT professionals.

Here's how PTE got its name:

Pi is the first letter in the Greek word for advancement
Theta is the first letter in the Greek word for therapeutic
Epsilon is the first letter in the Greek word for occupation

Therefore, Pi Theta Epsilon stands for "advancement in occupational therapy."

Please feel free to contact our faculty advisers with questions.

The current faculty advisers are:

  • Catherine Meriano, professor of occupational therapy
  • Martha Sanders, associate professor of occupational therapy

Mailing address:
Pi Theta Epsilon National Office
4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220