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Duquesne University Mission

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 skills and habits to use and create evidence to support their practice, to facilitate change as engaged leaders and scholars, 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 a unique 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.

The following description of the knowledge, skills and attitudes requisite to the practice-scholar in occupational therapy, guide our program’s vision, mission and curriculum outcomes. A practice-scholar will:

  • demonstrate competency in practice.

  • exemplify the requisite habits to use and create evidence to support their practice specialty.

  • engage as a leader facilitating change and/or knowledge-sharing to enhance the practice of occupational therapy.

  • reflect on and engage in the scholarly application of occupational therapy.

  • use and create scholarship to support their occupation- and evidence-based practice.

  • embed scholarship activities into their every day practice.

  • desire to lead practice through the roles they assume and through disseminating 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.

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.