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Two Year Post Baccalaureate Program

"Duquesne University's occupational therapy program is truly top quality. The program is designed to allow the student to explore themselves and grow professionally. The program also provides an education which projects the future of OT and prepares students to be at the cutting edge of the field." - Vanessa Keech

Occupations are the essence of productive living. Occupational therapists focus on the occupations used by people to live full, independent, quality lives. Occupations or activities of daily living include work or education, self-care, play/leisure and the effect that rest has on these activities. The goal of this profession is to maximize a person's ability to perform culturally appropriate daily occupations, which is an important value in today's health care system. Occupational therapists work with persons to promote an individualized, self-determined balance of occupations throughout the lifespan.

Our 2 year program is for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree. This is a two-year master's degree program. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields complete 2 years of course work to earn their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. 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.

Consider what Duquesne has to offer:

  • M.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Extensive service learning to experience OT with individuals with occupational need in their natural context as well as experience in innovative and emerging areas of practice
  • Near-100% pass rate for National Certification program for first-time test takers.
  • The spring of the 5th year will be completed in January instead of May - a graduate seminar is held for 4 weeks in January, then are immediately eligible to sit for the national certification exam, and may begin work as early as February.
  • 100% job placement in the profession
  • Nationally-recognized faculty who are leading the profession in key professional groups
  • Mentored research experience in faculty interest areas
  • Learn universal grant-writing to develop your own program after graduationPortfolio development for career options
  • Strong preparation in medical-, school-, and community-based practices


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

18 credits - Biological/Physical Sciences

  • 6 in Anatomy (must include cadaver lab)
  • 3 in Physiology
  • 3 in Physics
  • 6 in another Biological or Physical Science

12 credits - Social Sciences

  • 3 in Psych
  • 3 in Soc
  • 3 in Ethics
  • 3 in Human Life Span Development

Additional Requirements:

  • 3 credits - Statistics
  • 3 credits - Medical Terminology
  • 0-3 credits - Proficiency Requirement (contact the department directly for procedures)
  • 3 credits - Occupational Therapy Overview Online (if offered)
  • 5 credits - Occupational Therapy Overview taken on campus the fall prior to starting the professional phase

You also have to have a 3.0 cumulative QPA and a 'C' or better in all the above courses transferred or completed to meet the requirements. You must be CPR certified, and a minimum of 120 documented volunteer hours, 60 in a community setting providing services and 60 of volunteer OR paid experience in Occupational Therapy.

Applications are handled through an outside centralized application service and a supplemental application is required. Please be aware that the application deadline is June 1. The professional phase of the program begins in January each year.

Two Year Post Baccalaureate Program Curriculum