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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Student poster presentation at 2015 AOTA conference in Nashville

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Occupational Therapy

A messsage from the chairperson and assistant professor,  Dr. Jaime Muñoz:

In 1992, Duquesne University was one of the very first in the nation to offer students a 5-year bachelor's to master's degree program in occupational therapy. In 2016, Duquesne University will begin offering a 6-year professional doctorate degree (OTD). The profession of occupational therapy continues to have thoughtful and evidence-informed conversations about moving the entry-level degree to practice as an occupational therapist to a professional doctorate degree (OTD). At Duquesne, we continue to maintain the forward thinking creativity, academic excellence and scholarly productivity that have earned our program recognition from our professional peers and strong national rankings compared to programs in similar institutions. We believe the profession's accreditation body will eventually decide to move the profession to the professional doctorate. When they do, we will already be there.

The graduating class of 2016 is the first cohort to be provided the option to engage in advanced practitioner training leading to an occupational therapy doctorate degree (OTD) or to opt to conclude their training with the 5-year master's degree (MS). Read More...

Amber Rex discusses the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy and Service-Learning experience:

Interested in touring our facilities or meeting our faculty in person? 

Contact our admissions department to arrange your appointment. 


Our MS program received the maximum 10-year accreditation on April 25, 2009 and is accredited through 2019. Our OTD program is in the 2nd stage of the accreditation process with full accreditation anticipated in Summer 2016. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) certifies OT programs and can be contacted at:

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone:  (301)652-AOTA

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) provides program data results for Duquesne University.  

See:  Our own summary of program outcomes can be accessed here.