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Outcomes

Markers of Program Effectiveness

This program of study has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an Occupational Therapist in a range of possible settings. Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible for the national OT certification examination.

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Education Program at Duquesne University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; tel: (301) 652-2682. Details regarding the accreditation process may be obtained through AOTA Web site.

One practical means of demonstrating a program's quality is the success rate of a program's graduates when they take the national certification exam in order to be registered as an occupational therapist and carry the credentials, O.T.R. This exam is offered independently through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.

NBCOT Certification Examination Outcomes

All Duquesne University MOT program graduates are eligible to apply for the NBCOT OTR certification examination.

For the three most recent calendar years (2011, 2012 & 2013), the performance of the graduates of Duquesne University’s  occupational therapy program on the NBCOT certification examination are as follows:

 

 

 2011 - 2013

Year

Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam Percentage of all DU test takers who passed the exam

2011

29

28

24

86% 100%

2012

27 27 26 96% 100%
2013 26 26 23 88% 100%
Total 3-year 80 79 73 92% 100%

(last updated May, 2014)

All graduates have  passed the certification exam on subsequent attempt.  

Prior to graduation, the Department provides resources for the students to prepare for the certification examination. In the case where a graduate of our program does not successfully pass the exam the first time, the faculty will review score reports and provide recommendations to prepare for re-testing upon individual request by our alumni.

Employment

Over the past five years all of our students have been offered employment within one month of program completion.  Many have secured employment prior to leaving the program in January of their 5th year.   Duquesne University's career services department is easily accessible to assist students and alumni with job searches before and after graduation.  All job opportunities are forwarded to this department.

Career Services