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Markers of Program Effectiveness

This program of study has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an Occupational Therapist in a range of possible settings. Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible for the national OT certification examination.

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Education Program at Duquesne University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; tel: (301) 652-6611. Details regarding the accreditation process may be obtained through AOTA Web site.

One practical means of demonstrating a program's quality is the success rate of a program's graduates when they take the national certification exam in order to be registered as an occupational therapist and carry the credentials, O.T.R. This exam is offered independently through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.

NBCOT Certification Examination Outcomes

All Duquesne University MOT program graduates are eligible to apply for the NBCOT OTR certification examination.

For the four most recent calendar years (2011-2014), the performance of the graduates of Duquesne University’s occupational therapy program on NBCOT certification examination are as follows:




Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam Percentage of all DU test takers who passed the exam





85.71% 100%


27 27 26 96.29% 100%
2013 26 26 23 88.46% 100%
2014 28 28 27 96.42% 100%
Total 4-year






(last updated March, 2015)

Prior to graduation, the Department provides resources for the students to prepare for the certification examination. In the case where a graduate of our program does not successfully pass the exam the first time, the faculty review score reports and provide recommendations to prepare for re-testing upon individual request by our alumni.  Every graduate who has not passed on the first attempt has passed the certification exam on a subsequent attempt.

You may also view Duquesne University's current program performance data on the NBCOT Certification Examination Results website.


Over the past five years all of our students have been offered employment within one month of program completion.  Many have secured employment prior to leaving the program in January of their 5th year.   Duquesne University's career services department is easily accessible to assist students and alumni with job searches before and after graduation.  All job opportunities are forwarded to this department.

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