Occupational Therapy Department Mission
To educate students to be excellent, holistic, practice-scholars who serve, do, question and lead occupational therapy.
As practice scholars, our graduates will demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits to use and create evidence to support their practice, to facilitate socially just change as engaged leaders and scholars, and to think critically and creatively as practice innovators. The Department of Occupational Therapy's mission is consistent with the mission of Duquesne University and the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. The practice-scholar mission is an intentional approach to realizing the 2017 Centennial Vision for Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2007). Graduates of the occupational therapy program will be able to act responsibly, reasonably, morally, and ethically in their decisions related to personal lifestyle, occupational therapy, leadership, and citizenship within their local, national and world communities.
Our entry-level curriculum provides the foundational skills for students to engage in practice- scholarship as well as professional development to achieve the full complement of these roles and functions after graduation. The following description of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits requisite to the practice-scholar in occupational therapy, guide our program's vision, mission and curriculum outcomes. A practice-scholar will:
• demonstrate advanced practice competencies.
• demonstrate the requisite habits to use and create evidence to support their practice specialty by embedding scholarship activities into their every day practices
• engage as a leader facilitating change and/or knowledge-sharing to enhance occupationally justice practice.
• reflect on and engage in the scholarly application of occupational therapy and health related evidence
• use and create scholarship to support their occupation and evidence-based practices and.
• lead practice through the roles they assume in their workplace, community and within the profession
• disseminate their acquired knowledge regarding ‘best practices' to benefit the individuals served by occupational therapy
• model their behaviors for others to emulate through fieldwork education, mentoring and other leadership activities within the profession, the community and systems housing our practice.
• create and engage in partnerships with key entities to provide contemporary, quality, evidence- based practice reflecting the value of occupation as process and ends.
Occupational Therapy Department Vision
Create a curriculum and departmental culture that prepares students who will make significant contributions to the achievement of the AOTA Centennial Vision leading to occupational therapy becoming a "powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs."Rangos School of Health Sciences Mission
Rangos School of Health Sciences Mission
The Rangos School of Health Science faculty will educate students to be excellent health science professionals and leaders in their field who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients. In the spirit of Duquesne University, moral, ethical and spiritual values support the scientific and philosophic underpinnings of all Rangos. School of Health Sciences curricula. Students will be provided with opportunities and experiences to foster the development of comprehensive knowledge for practice in health care, education, and other professional settings. This knowledge will support advanced graduate education and scholarship. Graduates from the Rangos School of Health Sciences will be culturally-competent health science professionals who demonstrate competence, leadership, expertise, and a profound moral/ethical respect for their patients/clients, professional colleagues, and the general public.