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 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.
The need for occupational therapists is expected to increase as baby boomers age and strive to maintain their independence and physical health.
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. Community engaged learning and a wide array of excellent clinical fieldwork and doctoral experiential placements 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.
If you are interested in touring our facilities and/or meeting with one of our faculty, contact our admissions department to schedule.
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
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
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides program data results for Duquesne University. Our own summary of program outcomes reflect the strong success of our graduates.