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 at home, school, work, and community environments. Occupational therapists are trained to address 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 participate in their daily occupations. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and ability levels in many settings. Occupational therapy services may be provided in individual or group sessions, or on a broader scale at the system or population level.
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University has a 27-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 programs equip graduates who exhibit competencies as a generalist as well as in depth knowledge and skills to lead in practice and professional settings.
Winner of 2022 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium - Video Competition Award
The Role of Occupational Therapy at Shepherd's Heart House of Hope
Office of Research and Innovation
OT Students: Amanda Dean, Emily Hall, Caitlin Ulrich
Faculty Advisor: Ann Stuart, OTD, OTR/L
Winner of 2022 Rangos School of Health Sciences Awards for Undergraduate Research
The Effectiveness of Video Prompting vs. Picture Prompting for Improving Daily Living Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
OT Student: Alivia Cartwright
Faculty Advisor: Jeryl Benson, EdD, OTR/L
Duquesne University's OT programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE accredited our programs for the maximum initial accreditation periods on August 5, 2016.
Information regarding the accreditation of this program can be obtained through the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 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.