Welcome to the Duke University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division
Duke University is proud to announce the development of the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.
The first steps of developing a new educational program involve collecting data from as many stakeholders as possible and using those data to inform what the program will stand for. We collected ideas from leaders at Duke, leaders in occupational therapy around the world, leaders in US occupational therapy education, practitioners, and the expertise of the curriculum team. From that data, we crafted the Vision statement for the program.
The OTD shares a vision with occupational therapy and occupational science communities internationally, which is also compatible with the commitments of Duke University:
A world where all people flourish through access to and participation in meaningful, health-supporting occupations, the activities of everyday life.
We next crafted a mission to clarify what the program will do to advance this vision.
Duke OTD Mission
Affirming the vital role of occupation in human flourishing and health, the Duke OTD, through innovative education, research, and collaborations, empowers students to:
- Integrate who they are as persons with what they do as professionals,
- Address, through skillful practice and scholarship, the complex transactions that limit and enable people’s access to and participation in everyday, health-supporting occupations,
- Serve as ethical, visionary leaders who anticipate the evolving occupational needs of diverse populations, communities, and individuals; who proactively and creatively address those needs through innovation and scholarship,
- Contribute in diverse ways to the growth of occupational therapy locally and globally.
Achieving its mission will require that the Duke OTD staff, faculty, and students share these commitments:
- Enabling occupation is the core competence of occupational therapists.
- Research and education centered on occupation are paramount.
- Deep learning occurs through diversity, community, and educational excellence.
- Integrity and authenticity are essential to collaborative work with diverse clients, patients, and colleagues.
- Innovation and excellence enliven all and meet real-world needs.
- Intellectual humility and open inquiry advance understanding.
- Knowledge about occupation arises at the research-theory-experience confluence.
The program is being developed under the direction of Dr. Barb Hooper. We will begin accepting applications for the first cohort of students in the fall of 2021, admit students in the winter and spring of 2021 and start classes in June of 2022. We seek applicants from all walks of life who will contribute their perspectives to the program’s Vision, Mission and Shared Commitments. Applicants will need a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, liberal arts, biomedical sciences, or other fields. Check back in 2021 for the application process.