Occupational Therapy Department Vision

Create a curriculum and departmental culture that prepares students who will make significant contributions to the achievement of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Vision 2025, which promotes "as an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living (AOTA, 2017).

Duquesne University Mission Statement

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic university founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious.

Duquesne serves God by serving students through:

  • Commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education
  • Profound concern for moral and spiritual values
  • Maintaining an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity
  • Service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world
  • Attentiveness to global concerns

Rangos School of Health Sciences Mission

The Rangos School of Health Science faculty will educate students to be excellent health science professionals and leaders in their field who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients. In the spirit of Duquesne University, moral, ethical and spiritual values support the scientific and philosophic underpinnings of all Rangos. School of Health Sciences curricula. Students will be provided with opportunities and experiences to foster the development of comprehensive knowledge for practice in health care, education, and other professional settings. This knowledge will support advanced graduate education and scholarship. Graduates from the Rangos School of Health Sciences will be culturally-competent health science professionals who demonstrate competence, leadership, expertise, and a profound moral/ethical respect for their patients/clients, professional colleagues, and the general public.

Occupational Therapy Department Mission

Educate students to be excellent, holistic, practice-scholars who serve, do, question and lead. Our department mission is consistent with the mission of the University and the RSHS. As practice scholars, we expect our graduates to demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits to use and create evidence to support their practice, to facilitate socially just change as engaged leaders and scholars, and to think critically and creatively as practice innovators. Graduates of our occupational therapy programs will be able to act responsibly, reasonably, morally, and ethically in their decisions related to personal lifestyle, occupational therapy, leadership, and citizenship within their local, national and world communities. The practice-scholar mission is an intentional approach to realizing the Vision 2025 (AOTA, 2017).

Our entry-level MS curriculum provides the foundational skills for students to engage in practice scholarship as well as professional development to achieve the full complement of these roles and functions after graduation. Our entry-level OTD curriculum builds on these foundational skills and prepares graduates with advanced practice competencies. The following description of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits requisite to the practice-scholar in occupational therapy, guide our program's vision, mission and curriculum outcomes. Our practice-scholar graduates will:

  • demonstrate the requisite habits to use and create evidence to support their practice specialty by embedding scholarship activities into their every day practices
  • engage as leaders, facilitating change and/or knowledge-sharing to enhance occupationally justice practice
  • lead practice through the roles they assume in their workplace, community and within the profession
  • reflect on and engage in the scholarly application of occupational therapy and health related evidence
  • use and create scholarship to support their occupation and evidence-based practices
  • disseminate their acquired knowledge regarding ‘best practices' to benefit the individuals served by occupational therapy
  • model their behaviors for others to emulate through fieldwork education, mentoring and other leadership activities within the profession, the community and systems housing our practice.
  • create and engage in partnerships with key entities to provide contemporary, quality, evidence- based practice reflecting the value of occupation as process and ends.