Students admitted into our program receive academic advisement from the RSHS Dean's office and professional development mentoring from a faculty mentor. Every student admitted into the professional phase of our program over the past 4 years, (N=119) has successfully completed the program and graduated (2014-2017).
Students Entering Professional Phase
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Our programs are designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an Occupational Therapist in a diverse range of settings. Students completing Level I and Level II components of our program in the past 3 years have expressed high (83-84%) to very high (92-93%) satisfaction with the opportunities and level of training offered in their FW experiences and very strong confidence and satisfaction (98-100%) with the type and level of training provided by their clinical fieldwork educators. Evaluations of Duquesne's Academic Fieldwork Educator's accessibility, responsiveness, and overall effectiveness are also consistently high to very high with scores averaging 4.42/5.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 24 percent between 2016 and 2026. The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $83,200 in 2017, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made more than $120,440, while the lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $54,560.
100% of alumni responding to a recent employment survey reported that they took their first job within 1-6 months of graduation. Duquesne University's career services department is easily accessible to assist students and alumni with job searches before and after graduation. All job opportunities that come to the occupational therapy department are forwarded to alumni through a DU Alumni Facebook Page.
NBCOT Certification Examination Outcomes
Upon successful completion of our program, students are eligible to take the national occupational therapy certification examination. Successful completion of this certification examination allows a person to be registered in the U.S. as an occupational therapist and to carry the credentials, O.T.R. This exam is offered independently through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Performance on the national OT certification examination is one means of demonstrating a program's quality. For the five most recent calendar years (2014-2018), the performance of the graduates of Duquesne University's occupational therapy program on NBCOT certification examination are as follows:
*OTD program first graduating class was 2016.
**2017 & 2018 include one student who did not take the exam.
(last updated August, 2018)
Prior to graduation, the occupational therapy department provides resources to support students' preparation for the certification examination. When a graduate of our program does not successfully pass the exam the first time, the faculty initiate dialogue with the student and offers to review score reports and define re-testing strategies. Every graduate who has not passed on the first attempt has passed the certification exam on a subsequent attempt. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/en/educators/home#schoolperformance.
The NBCOT Board of Directors has approved the implementation of background checks as part of the exam process. This enhancement offers the unique opportunity to apply a national standard to all entry-level practitioners in support of NBCOT's mission of public protection.
Background checks will be completed as part of the exam application process for all first-time applicants beginning January 1, 2018. 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.
Duquesne University's entry-level OTD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE accredited our OTD program for the maximum initial accreditation period of 7 years on August 7, 2016.
ACOTE certifies OT programs and can be contacted at:
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA