Post-Professional OTD

The Duquesne University Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) prepares practitioners with advanced skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance their current practice, to innovate in both traditional and role emerging areas of practice and to confidently pursue career paths in administration, as a clinical specialist, or in higher education. OTD candidates are individually mentored as they chart their path of study, generate opportunities and create tangible products reflecting their growing expertise. This program is for practitioners who have earned a MS degree in Occupational Therapy or a related field.

Duquesne University's Post-Professional OTD program curriculum prepares practitioners that Exhibit Advanced Level Expertise, Design Innovative Programs and Lead in Practice and Professional Settings.

Exhibit Advanced Level Expertise

  • Demonstrate competence in assessment, implementation of intervention, defining funding sources and outcome assessment for occupational therapy services.
  • Acquire, critique and utilize a thorough review of contemporary evidence to support evidence-based educational practices and interventions in your selected practice area.
  • Synthesize evidence to answer practice questions and disseminate this evidentiary base in professional written and oral presentation.
  • Develop evidence required to pursue AOTA Board certification and/or AOTA Specialization, or other certifications such as Assistive Technology Professional certification (ATP) or Seating & Mobility Specialist Certification (SMS).

Design Innovative Programs

  • Design, implement and evaluate a quality improvement project, a program evaluation or a new occupational therapy program at your work site or community.
  • Answer questions arising from practice by utilizing a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant evidentiary base and outcomes measurement.
  • Solve challenging problems using careful and systematic evaluation of information and by effectively reviewing possible alternatives and consequences of various courses of action.
  • Propose, marketing, and defining funding possibilities for occupational therapy services consistent with contemporary and future healthcare markets.

Lead in Practice and Professional Settings

  • Utilize sophisticated knowledge of healthcare and reimbursement policies to serve as change agents skilled in advocacy and application of evidence to influence systems and policy.
  • Refine knowledge, skill sets and attitudes that support the acquisition of leadership positions.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge and application of health informatics, financial analysis and fundamental business tools to occupational therapy practice and programming.
  • Apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to determine feasibility and sustainability of health-promotion programs in current and future health care markets.


Program Length: Full time - 16 months. Part-time - 28 months.

Program Format: On-line, no on-campus visits required.

Credits: A 12 course, 30-credit program

  • Four 3-credit core courses (12 total credits).
  • Four (full-time) or 6 (part-time) capstone courses (6 total credits).
  • Four 3-credit concentration courses (12 total credits).

Frequently Asked Questions

Application to Duquesne University's OTD program is a two-step process

First, applicants must complete the on-line centralized application (OTCAS) by July 6th. To be complete an applicant must also submit to OTCAS:

  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Accepted Sources: Professor, academic administrator, professional or volunteer supervisor or manager.
    • Unacceptable Sources: Family, friends or co-workers not in supervisory position
  • Official Transcripts sent directly from the university where you earned your degree
  • CV/Resume
  • Professional Summary Statement:
    • Articulate your personal and professional goals and objectives
    • Provide a self-assessment of your potential as a leader and change agent
    • Specify your initial conceptualization of how you would focus your study
    • Identify preliminary project ideas that you may develop in your doctoral studies

Additionally, all fees must be paid to OTCAS.

Second, applicants must complete a free supplemental Duquesne University application. Please do not complete the supplemental application until after you have completed the OTCAS application and have paid the required fees to OTCAS. The supplemental application allows us to process the OTCAS application. There are a couple important points for you to remember. When asked which term (semester) you are applying for indicate ‘Fall'; that is the only semester the OTD program starts.

In addition, we require current state licensure and NBCOT certification, as well as Drug, Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearances. Students who graduated with a GPA less than 3.0 are required to submit a GRE score. Non-native English speakers must pass English language proficiencies.

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

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

OTD Program Director: Jaime Muñoz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Department Chair and Associate Professor