Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

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Department of
Occupational Therapy

Department of  Occupational Therapy

Whether students enter our Programs straight out of high school, from another college or while pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy (OT), all Jefferson College of Health Professions graduates are prepared for successful careers.



Check out a recap of our spring semester! Our latest newsletter shares faculty, student and alumni news, including efforts to increase diversity in the OT field, Jefferson's efforts in preparing OTs to work in mental health areas, and the intersection of OT and design.

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U.S. News and World Report ranked Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Occupational Therapy as the #6 program in the country.  

The Bachelor's and Master’s Program (BSMS OT) is an entry level program for students who have completed two years (58 credits) of college-level prerequisite coursework. The BSMS OT program prepares you to work as an entry-level practitioner in a variety of settings. Students earn a bachelors in Occupation and Health and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy upon the completion of this three year program. Candidates can apply as transfer applicants or as high school seniors through our PACE program.

The Master’s Program (MSOT) is an entry level program for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy. The MSOT program prepares you to work as entry-level practitioner in a variety of settings. Candidates can apply with a bachelor's degree or as high school seniors through our Accelerated MSOT 3+2 Program.

Our entry level and post-professional degrees provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to be an innovator in traditional and emerging areas of occupational therapy.

Advanced practice certificates in occupational therapy offer specialized knowledge in a specific area to individuals with a BS or MS in occupational therapy.

Why Occupational Therapy?

Learn how the current emphasis on health and wellness has expanded the role of occupational therapy into preventive and educational arenas. Our programs are ranked nationally and provide an array of educational experiences that will lead to successful careers.


The Occupational Therapy Master's program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-AOTA

The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, entry level (OTD) program has been granted Preaccreditation Status from the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in May of 2017 with initial on-site evaluation of the program scheduled for September 2017.

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Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University Integration

On September 9, 2016, leadership from Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University signed an agreement approved by both Boards of Trustees to combine the two institutions.  On July 1, 2017, the integration was made official with the announcement of the combined institution, Jefferson University.

Applicants who are interested in learning more about the integrated University can do so by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Contact Us

Department of Occupational Therapy
Jefferson School of Health Professions
901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Admissions Office
Phone (toll-free):
Phone: 215-503-8890

Any complaints related to the program by persons other than students or employees of TJU can be directed to Roseann Schaaf, Department Chair.