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 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. 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.

If you are interested in touring our facilities and/or meeting with one of our faculty, contact our admissions department to schedule.  You can also take a virtual tour of OT and DU spaces.

Winner of 2021 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium - Video Competition Award

Office of Student Research

Outstanding Video sponsored by Honors College

OT Students: Gabriella Santacecilia, Stephanie Galasso, Kira Minicucci, and McKenna Killion

Faculty Advisor: Retta Martin MS, 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.

Complaints to ACOTE require this complaint form. Information about the complaint program.