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Why should you choose the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh?


OT Programs

  • Ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • 2 years 8 months (8-term) entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program – to become an occupational therapist
  • 1-year (3-term) post-professional Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy Program and 1-year (4-term) innovative Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy Program – advanced training for occupational therapists
  • Fieldwork opportunities across the country in a variety of practice areas (over 300 sites)

Performance of Graduates

  • National certification examination scores exceed national average
  • Hold advanced practice positions as clinical specialists, administrators, managers, researchers, educators, and business owners


  • University and professional organization scholarship and fellowship awardees
  • Pi Theta Epsilon – national honor society for occupational therapy – Beta Tau Chapter
  • Research learning opportunities

Nationally Recognized Faculty Achievements

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • Highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

  • Award of Merit
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship (highest academic honor)
  • Recognized Fellows
  • Association Leadership: Board of Directors, Representative Assembly, Special Interest Sections, Ad-hoc committees

American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

  • Research Academy honored members

Research grants

  • National Institutes of Health
  • US Army Research Office
  • Foundations
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • UPMC & University of Pittsburgh
  • Administration for Community Living
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Experts in the fields of:

  • Gerontology
  • Disability Analysis
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Behavioral Healthcare Ergonomics
  • Hand Therapy

University and Community

  • Founded in 1787 -- one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S.
  • Strong university ties to the local medical community
  • Access to ethnic diversity and cultural resources of a large city with a small-town atmosphere
  • Member of the prestigious Association of American Universities
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