Membership in Pi Theta Epsilon is extended to eligible students by individual chapters in accordance with national criteria specified in the constitution of the society. Recognized chapters are affiliated with accredited educational programs in occupational therapy and established through an application and approval process. Students interested in membership should consult with designated advisor for their chapter. Educational programs interested in starting new chapters should contact the national PTE coordinator for application instructions.
If you have been inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon and wish to pay your membership dues, renew your membership, or purchase PTE honor cords, pins, and other items, please visit the AOTF Marketplace.
Pi Theta Epsilon is governed by a Constitution that is upheld by elected officers who constitute a national executive committee. The annual meeting of chapter delegates is held at the AOTA/NBCOT Student Conclave.
DID YOU KNOW PTE has a Youtube channel with webinars?
Pi Theta Epsilon recognizes that development of research and integration into daily practice is important to advance the field. We have launched an educational webinar series to disseminate research tools directly to chapters and webinars. All webinars are viewable on the PTE YouTube page.
Most recently, PTE Presents: Data Driven Decision Making features clinicians Patti Faller and Elke van Hooydonk from Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Jersey, who developed a process for incorporating evidence into daily practice.
Mu chapter members at Florida International University participate in a health fair.
In addition to the lifelong honor and privilege of being elected to a nationally accredited professional honor society, members in good standing are eligible to:
- Apply for exclusive scholarships and awards including the Mary J. Bridle First Research Award and the Martha Kirkland Scholarship.
- Hone their research presentation skills at the PTE poster session at the AOTA Annual Conference.
- Attend the PTE Annual Business Meeting with special presentation by guest speakers in OT.
- Network with past and present OT members at the annual PTE alumni reception at the AOTA Annual Conference.
- Receive a one-year subscription to OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. and name printed in OTJR's annual list of inductees.
- PTE members seeking federal employment may be eligible for a GS level upgrade according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Policies. Section 4 reviews the Educational and Training Provisions or Requirements necessary to be eligible for the upgrade. Some of the provisions and requirements are based on class standing, grade point average or honor society membership, and may mean a higher level of pay. Keep in mind this is not a PTE managed benefit -- it is federal policy. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Human Resources department associated with the position being applied for.
- Special benefit for Lifetime Members: Complimentary online CEU courses through OccupationalTherapy.com.This benefit begins when member completes their OT program.
- Wear an honor cord at graduation to signify membership in an elected honor society.
- Receive a personalized PTE Certificate to display and a membership card.
- Wear the official PTE membership pin on professional apparel. These can be purchased at the AOTF marketplace.
- Receive the official newsletter, the Scroll and Pen.
- Serve as an elected chapter or national officer.
PTE students from Spalding University's Beta Rho chapter at the 2015 PTE Alumni Reception during the AOTA Annual Conference.