The Occupational Therapy Allied Health Program

The Occupational Therapy cooperative program between Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University School of Health Sciences is either a five-year master’s degree program or a six-year doctoral program. Students entering the program after 2015 must enter the doctoral program. The master’s program will no longer be offered after 2015. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students who have not already earned a bachelor’s degree will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University. For students entering the master’s program, upon successful completion of the fifth year, students will be awarded a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University.Upon successful completion of the sixth year, the students will be awarded an Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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. Duquesne University currently requires that all students transferring into their OT, PA and PT programs have a combined math and verbal SAT score of at least 1100. Sixty hours of shadowing is required. Sixty hours of community service is required.

Requirements for Occupational Therapy

Saint Vincent Courses
Typical First-Year Schedule 

Fall Semester
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits 
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits 
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits 
HI— History Elective (100 level) - 3 credits 
First-Year Seminar - 1 credit 
Total Fall 18

All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

Spring Semester
BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit 
CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
HI— History Elective (200 level) - 3 credits
Total Spring 17

Typical Sophomore Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
PL 101 First Philosophy - 3 credits
TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits
Total Fall 18

Spring Semester BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits
BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits 
PL— Philosophy Elective - 3 credits
Total Spring 18

Typical Junior Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 220 Comparative Anatomy - 3 credits
BL 221 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 232 Ecology - 3 credits
BL 233 Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit 
PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
EL— Literature Elective - 3 credits
TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits
Total Fall 17

Spring Semester
BL 234 Evolution - 3 credits
BL 235 Evolution Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 236 Biology of Environmental Disturbances - 3 credits
BL 237 Biology of Environmental Disturbances Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits
BL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit 
PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit 
BL 301 Junior Research Seminar - 2 credits 
EL— English Elective (Literature) - 3 credits
Total Spring 16

Summer Semester
BL 302 Research Project - 2 credits 
BL 303 Research Thesis - 1 credit 

The remaining three years are to be completed at Duquesne University.

Program Prerequisitesoccupational-therapy-prerequisites
  • Completion of High School Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pre-Calculus.
  • A Minimum of 1100 SAT Score (prior to March 2016) and 1170 (beginning in March 2016) in math and verbal reasoning.

English Proficiency Requirements  

English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University and the demands for verbal and written communication in all the health professions are substantial. Students whose first language is other than English must successfully complete testing and clearance from the Duquesne University English as a Second Language Department and meet all published admission and language proficiency criteria for the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy program. Students articulating from Saint Vincent College should make an appointment with the DU ESL Department once they are provisionally accepted into the occupational therapy program. Students who submit official scores to the DU ESL Department, current to within one year, of 90 or higher on the Internet- based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (IiBT) or 575 on the Paper-based Test (PBT,) are often excused from English Placement Tests except for tests of written and spoken English. 

Internships and Careers

All Allied health students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship experience in their area of study. All Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students are required to have internship experience before they transfer to Duquesne University. 

  • Learning Objectives

    * To broadly and effectively educate students in the theory and practice of science for success in the health and allied health professions.

    * To empower students with the skills and knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics necessary to form a broad scientific foundation as preparation for admissions exams, and for application in the health and allied health professions.

    * To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine.

    * To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allied health fields including nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant graduate programs.