Occupational Therapy (OT) Professional Programs
The Department of Occupational Therapy has a variety of programs to meet our students' needs. Our accredited Occupational Therapy (OT) programs give you the necessary knowledge and skills to make an impact in a variety of patient and client settings.
Duquesne University is primarily a freshman-entry program and the majority of our students begin our entry-level MS and OTD programs as freshmen. Entry into post-baccalaureate MS or OTD programs is dependent on space availability.
Regardless of the route of entry, our programs educate students to be excellent, holistic, practice-scholars who serve, do, question and lead. Our department mission is consistent with the Spiritan mission of the University.
Consider what Duquesne has to offer:
- Top tier rankings in U.S. & News Reports, Princeton Review and Forbes (Best Colleges, Best Values, Best Graduate Schools)
- The highest ranked 5-year OT program in Western Pennsylvania
- The only direct admit program in Western Pennsylvania that ranks in the top 30
- Small Class Sizes (~ 30 Freshmen) ensuring student-centered focus
- 95% pass rate for National Certification program for all test takers; 93% 5-year average for 1st time test takers who graduated from the MSOT program; 96% 4-year average for 1st time test takers who graduated from the OTD program.
- 99% employment rate in the profession within 6 months of passing certification exam
- OT-related coursework in every year of study
- Curriculum flexibility offers opportunities to pursue minors (e.g. psychology, special education, business, assistive technology).
- Various study abroad opportunities in 1st 2.5 years of curriculum
- Well-equipped teaching/learning laboratories
- Cadaveric anatomy course with dissection
- Strong, deep community learning partners ensuring multiple opportunities for community engaged learning
- Fieldwork Education experiences available in medical, school, community and emerging practice settings
- Doctoral Capstone Experience allows students to individualize learning to focus on in-depth roles in areas of practice such as: program development, education, advanced clinical practice, leadership and more.
- Program development and grant-writing training prepares students to develop their own opportunities after graduation
- Mentored, supervised presentation, publication and research experiences at regional and national conferences
- Consistent OT Faculty professional development mentorship for every student with assistance for portfolio development and career exploration
- Nationally-recognized faculty who are teacher-scholars and servant leaders that lead by example