OT students participating in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Student poster presentation at 2017 AOTA conference

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are experts in doing. We prescribe therapeutic occupations, including everyday life activities to support a person's performance and function in the multiple life roles they engage in home, school, work, and community environments. Occupational therapists are trained to addresses physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory-perceptual, and other aspects of performance. Occupational therapists know that occupation builds health and heals. Occupational therapy interventions can be designed to develop skills, prevent illness and promote health and wellness. Interventions can also rehabilitate when an illness, injury or disease results in impairment, disability, activity limitation, or a restriction in a person's ability to participation in their daily occupations.

It's an exciting time to be an occupational therapist especially because the job market looks promising. The need for occupational therapists is expected to increase as baby boomers age and strive to maintain their independence and physical health. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 27 percent between 2014 and 2024. The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $80,150 in 2015, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made $116,030, while the lowest-paid 10 percent made $53,250.

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University has a 25-year history of preparing practice scholars. The occupational therapy faculty are excellent teachers and scholars. Collectively, our teaching philosophy emphasizes active and transformative learning experiences. Duquesne students learn in the classroom, in the clinic and in the community. Community engaged learning and experiential learning in real-life contexts are standard teaching practices in our program and students know that they will be expected to immediately transform classroom learning into practice competencies. Our 6-year entry-level doctoral degree program equips graduates who exhibit advanced level expertise, design innovative programs and lead in practice and professional settings. We invite you to learn more about our program.

Winners of 2018 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium Office of Research - Video Competition Award

OT Students: Maggie Hyland, Marissa Augustine, Moira Miller 

Faculty Advisor: Amy Mattila, Ph.D., OTR/L

Interested in touring our facilities or meeting our faculty in person? 

Contact our admissions department to arrange your appointment. 


Duquesne University's entry-level OTD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE accredited our OTD program for the maximum initial accreditation period of 7 years on August 7, 2016.

ACOTE certifies OT programs and can be contacted at:

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone:  (301)652-AOTA
Website:  www.acoteonline.org

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides program data results for Duquesne University.  

See: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.  Our own summary of program outcomes can be accessed here.