CPHS Holds Inaugural Pi Theta Epsilon Induction for Master of Occupational Therapy Students

MSOT students at the PTE induction ceremony
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

CPHS Holds Inaugural Pi Theta Epsilon Induction for Master of Occupational Therapy Students

March 15, 2024 | by Emily Choleva

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is an exclusive honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. PTE defines itself by its Greek translation, “advancement of occupational therapy,” – confirming its academic excellence and scholarship promotion. 

On Feb. 24, the inaugural 2024 Spring induction ceremony took place for Belmont University students who are enrolled in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program and earned the prestigious invitation to join PTE. This honor is a testament to the students’ hard work and perseverance. 

Every student inducted into PTE belongs to the top 35% of their class based on the grades they earned in their first semester of the program. Dr. Amanda Satcher is currently the faculty advisor for PTE and is credited for expanding the program's reach in the School of Occupational Therapy to not only include the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program but also the MSOT program.  

Currently, the PTE chapter consists of students in both the MSOT and OTD programs. However, beginning in 2025, the MSOT program will have its own chapter, to be led by Dr. Elicia Cruz, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. By expanding PTE, Belmont aims to promote research and superior scholarship by further recognizing those who excel and find passion in occupational therapy.   

Aspiring evidence-based practitioner Mackenna Smith reflected, “Being a part of the first Pi Theta Epsilon Cohort of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program means that I get to represent how success is still a possibility despite the unique challenges that MSOT bridge students may face — like working full or part-time as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant or Physical Therapy Assistant, or being a caretaker or a parent.”  

The sentiment of belonging and self-belief is echoed by Memrie Laney, another distinguished member of the inaugural cohort. Laney articulates the personal significance of this achievement, saying, “To me, being a member of PTE solidifies my belief in myself. It shows me that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and inspires me to show up as my highest self.”