A A Email Print Share

Fieldwork & Doctoral Component

These web pages are designed to provide current / prospective students, and fieldwork educators with information about the fieldwork education and the doctoral experiential component at Duquesne University.

Student must complete all Level II fieldwork and the experiential component of the program within 12 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Philosophy of Engaged Learning

Active & engaged learning is a crucial aspect of occupational therapy education. The Occupational Therapy Department of Duquesne University is committed to the development of practice scholars and utilizes fieldwork education & the newly developed doctoral experiential component within the well-integrated curriculum continuum to promote advanced skill development in the core aspects of our mission through serving, leading, questioning and doing. Our faculty strongly embraces the concepts of Engaged and Transformative Learning and recognizes their value in developing practitioners that can be the leaders within our profession. We have integrated the core concepts of these learning theories within many aspects of our curriculum. Within entry-level occupational therapy doctorate programs, there are three levels of formal active, engaged learning:

Sites & Placements

Clinical education is available in a variety of practice settings & geographic locations. Students will receive access to a password protected online database to view current affiliations. Some travel may be necessary outside of the Greater Pittsburgh area. Students will be responsible for their own expenses for any fieldwork experience including uniforms, housing, transportation and travel etc...

Due to changes in higher education related to the State Reciprocity Authorization Agreement (SARA) Duquesne University is unable to place any students for distance-learning, fieldwork or clinical education in the State of Massachusetts.  Please see the FW manual for info on process of out-of-state fieldwork interests.

Our community & clinical education team is growing! We have developed a collaborative approach in creating, organizing, and managing fieldwork and doctoral experiential learning experiences for our students.

Contact the Clinical / Community Education Team:

Elizabeth DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L
Director of Community / Clinical Education
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Assistant Department Chairperson
Assistant Professor

Ann B. Cook, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jennifer Maselli
Administrative Assistant