Post-Baccalaureate Admission Entry Option

You may be considered for entry into the Post-Baccalaureate MSOT or OTD program if you've already received a Bachelor's degree in a field other than OT and have satisfied all prerequisite courses. You can complete the MOT program in just under 2½ years of full-time study, or the OTD program in just 3 years of full-time study.

The next available program entry date is January of 2022. The overwhelming majority of our students enter the program as freshmen, however, if space allows we will consider graduate applications. For post-baccalaureate programs starting in January of 2022, the bachelor's degree must be completed by the first day of class.

Please note: the Post-Baccalaureate programs begin in the Spring semester (January) every year, not in the Fall semester.

Post-baccalaureate MSOT curriculum 

Post-baccalaureate OTD curriculum


The pre-requisites for the Post-Baccalaureate programs which must be completed successfully before the first day of your first professional class with us are:

16 credits - Biological/Physical Sciences (must be from a four-year academic institution)
• 8 in Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (labs required, cadaver dissection preferred)
• 4 in Physics (3 credit course and 1 credit lab)
• 4 in another Biological or Physical Science

12 credits - Social Sciences
• 3 in Psychology
• 3 in Sociology
• 3 in Ethics
• 3 in Human Life Span Development (must be human development and cover the entire life span)

Additional Course Requirements:
• 3 credits - Statistics
• 3 credits - Medical Terminology

A minimum of 40 documented volunteer or paid hours in Occupational Therapy under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L). In response to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, up to 12 of these hours may be obained through shadowing an OTR/L in a telehealth delivery model.

A 3.0 cumulative QPA and a 'C' or better in all the above courses transferred or completed to meet the requirements.

 All students admitted to the program must complete:

A variety of health and security clearances (including CPR certification) required by clinical and community education sites. Compliance with these requirements is monitored via EXXAT. A full list of these clearances and instructions for how to create a EXXAT account are available here. 

Occupational Therapy Overview (only offered to students who are already admitted) - 0 credits

International students must meet all published criteria for English proficiency.

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and apply for state licensure, if required. Students and prospective students are advised that a felony conviction may affect one's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure. 

Technical Standards/Performance Indicators

  • To assure the health and safety of the Occupational therapy students and patients with whom they work, all applicants and students (freshman, transfer, and graduate) are required to meet the RSHS Technical Standards/Performance Indicators to ensure that they have sufficient abilities to meet the rigorous work expectations of a student studying Occupational Therapy.
  • To further protect the health and well-being, all students are required to have a complete physical exam and demonstrate appropriate immunizations before transition into the Professional Phase of the Program.
  • The requirements for this physical exam and other health / security requirements are also explained during the pre-professional student body meetings and are available to students in the RSHS Academic Student Handbook, which all students receive.

Post-Baccalaureate Application Process

We are excited that you are interested in attending Duquesne University! Application to Duquesne University's Post-baccalaureate MSOT or OTD degree program is a two-step process:

Step 1 - OTCAS Application

Step 2 - DU Supplemental Application

Because our programs are freshman-entry, most seats in the graduate programs are taken by students who started as freshmen. The post-baccalaureate programs are rolling admission - we accept qualified applicants throughout the year, and until the class is filled. The sooner you apply, the better your chances will be of gaining admission. Only complete applications can be reviewed. We seek applicants who have demonstrated strong academic performance, active engagement in their community and a solid record of servant leadership

Questions about the OTCAS application can be directed to their customer assistance.

Questions about the Occupational Therapy department at Duquesne can be directed to our offices.