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

Plan A College Education BSMS OT (2+3) Program

High school seniors who are committed to earning a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) can apply to the Plan A College Education (PACE) BSMS OT (2+3) Program in their senior year of high school.

If accepted into the PACE BSMS OT (2+3) Program, students will have a guaranteed seat in the BSMS OT on-campus program offered at Jefferson's Center City, Philadelphia campus upon successful completion of their first two years of academic and professional prerequisites at any regionally accredited institution.

Students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Occupation & Health and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy concurrently upon successful completion of the program. 

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Application Deadlines

Application Open Date: August 1
Application Deadline: Rolling Admission to March 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, your application must be completed online by the deadline date. Required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal statement and all other applicable documents (test scores, etc.) must be submitted. All documents must be postmarked by the deadline date to be eligible for review.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.

Prerequisites

High school seniors applying to the PACE BSMS OT (2+3) Program must meet the following prerequisite requirements, in high school, to be eligible to apply to the program:

OT Observation Hours

High school applicants are required to have 15 hours of OT shadowing at the time of application. Applicants should list their shadowing hours on their resume/cv they will submit with their application. The listing of OT shadowing hours should include: the facility name, OT name, and total hours of shadowing hours completed. 

GPA

 A high school GPA of a 3.3 and college prep-level coursework are required. More competitive candidates have advanced academic coursework such as honors, AP, IB, or college-level coursework.

SAT/ACT Scores

Applicants are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores. A 1270 on the SAT (ERW + M) or an ACT composite score of 26 or higher is required.

Technical Standards Required For Occupational Therapy Student Performance in Classroom, Laboratory and Fieldwork/Residency (for OTD) Settings

Students participating in the Occupational Therapy Programs at Thomas Jefferson University must have essential skills to perform successfully as a student. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork/residency envi­ronments. Students must be able to perform the following with or without rea­sonable accommodation:

Student must possess sufficient COGNITIVE skills to:

  1. Acquire, process, retain and apply knowledge through a variety of instruc­tional methods such as written materials, oral delivery, visual demonstra­tions, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences and independent learn­ing.
  2. Complete reading assignments, search and analyze professional literature, and apply information gained to guide practice; learn, retain and use infor­mation from texts, journals, documentation and other written sources.
  3. Process (measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate) large amounts of complex information; apply theoretical concepts to practice activities and perform clinical problem-solving in a logical and timely man­ner.
  4. Apply mathematical and basic statistical skills.
  5. Perceive and understand three-dimensional relationships and spatial rela­tionships necessary for education and practice-related tasks such as moving in a variety of environments, designing treatment equipment and fabricating splints.
  6. Participate equitably in cooperative group learning activities; actively par­ticipate in class discussions and as a member of a team.
  7. Orally present information to groups of people.
  8. Maintain attention for 2-4 hours; tolerate days when classes may last 8-10 hours.
  9. Take and pass tests/quizzes in a variety of formats.
  10. Complete written assignments and produce written documentation in stan­dard and organized English.
  11. Apply knowledge and judgment required to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behavior.
  12. Apply safety knowledge and judgment to a variety of situations.
  13. Comply with fieldwork site rules and regulations.
  14. Demonstrate problem-solving skills and judgment necessary to modify eval­uation or intervention methods when necessary to address the specific needs of client (behavioral, cultural, etc.), in order to maximize client per­formance.
  15. Apply clinical reasoning and judgment necessary for interpretation of eval­uation data and development of treatment plans.
  16. Identify and select occupations that are goal directed and motivate and challenge clients.
  17. Demonstrate judgment necessary to establish priorities and develop and use strategies. 

Student must possess sufficient BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL-COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS to:

  1. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, coop­eration, flexibility, tact, sympathy and confidence.
  2. Demonstrate respect for diversity, including but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual and lifestyle choices.
  3. Collaborate with classmates, clients, family members, significant others and team members.
  4. Function successfully in supervisory and instructor-student relationships; change and adjust behavior and performance in the classroom, laboratory or clinic on the basis of instructor feedback.
  5. Communicate in the English language effectively and clearly in oral and written forms, using proper spelling, punctuation and grammar to explain procedures and teach skills.
  6. Use language appropriate to the recipient, with faculty, peers, clients and other health professionals from different social and cultural backgrounds to obtain information from clients, peers, faculty, supervisors and other profes­sionals.
  7. Use communication skills needed to practice safely.
  8. Use therapeutic communication skills such as attending and active listening during therapeutic interactions; and motivating and facilitating client behav­iors in order to maximize client performance.
  9. Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally; elicit and describe factual information and perceive information derived from verbal and non­verbal communication and social cues.
  10. Be appropriately assertive as required to speak in class, initiate and guide the therapy process, establish limits as needed for the safety of self and clients and establish professional identity within complex systems.
  11. Utilize the computer for communication and class assignments.
  12. Exhibit professional demeanor including appropriate language and dress, and acceptance of responsibility for conduct.
  13. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and ability to pri­oritize activities effectively as needed to attend class and fulfill class require­ments.
  14. Exhibit flexibility and adapt to changing environments and expectations.
  15. Cope with stresses encountered in the intensive educational process as well as clinical practice environments.
  16. Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, punctual attendance and work site maintenance.
  17. Tolerate working in environments where there is exposure to disability, ill­ness, pain and death.
  18. Observe persons and scenarios and elicit relevant information for use in assessment and intervention.
  19. Plan, guide and implement both individual and group interventions.
  20. Maintain ethical standards including honesty, integrity and confidentiality at all times.
  21. Produce the required volume of work in the expected time frame. 

Student must possess sufficient PHYSICAL AND SENSORY (SENSORIMOTOR) skills to:

  1. Tolerate sitting for up to 2 hours at a time, over an 8-10 hour period. 
  2. Tolerate periods of physical activity for up to 8-10 hours per day. 
  3. Demonstrate coordination, equilibrium and sensory functioning required to manipulate parts of, or whole bodies of, simulated and real clients for pur­poses of evaluation and treatment.
  4. Demonstrate mobility and ability to move within environments adequately to access and maneuver within locations and destinations including class­room, laboratory and clinical settings.
  5. Demonstrate sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, eye/hand coordination, strength and integrated function of the senses of vision, hear­ing, tactile sense, vestibular (movement sense) and proprioception (sense of muscles and joints) to manipulate and use common occupational therapy equipment, devices, materials and supplies, and demonstrate competency in the use of these objects within assessment and treatment procedures commonly used in occupational therapy practice.
  6. Demonstrate motor skill capacities with sufficient levels of strength, endurance and fine and gross motor coordination to safely, accurately and effectively engage in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, activities and occupations used in the occupational therapy assessment and intervention process including the ability to lift and move objects, adequate manual dex­terity, arm and hand function needed to use tools and perform other manip­ulative activities, use of limbs and trunk in bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding, extending and rotating.
  7. Tolerate physical contact with others; tolerate manipulation of his/her own body by peers or instructors for instructional purposes.
  8. Demonstrate sufficiently high degree of coordination of motor skills and vig­ilance to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately, includ­ing performance of CPR.
  9. Travel to fieldwork site. 

Fieldwork and Residency/Experiential Placement:

Fieldwork placements are not available in all states, and state availability for fieldwork placement and residency is subject to change.

Application Requirements

Create an account by visiting our applicant portal, TJAPP.  Follow the directions to complete the application.

For application related questions, please visit TJAPP Instructions and FAQ's.

PACE OT Application

Complete our online application as mentioned above in the application requirements. The term “designation” in the application refers to the “major”, please select “Occupational Therapy for High School Students- Fall 2020".

You can only select one program designation (concentration) per application term. If you select multiple designations, your application will not be processed and you will be charged additional fees for selecting multiple designations.

Application Fee

Submit the $50 application fee to TJAPP.

Official Transcripts

Send your official high school transcripts to:

TJAPP Transcript Verification Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

CV/Resume

Please include a CV/Resume listing any clubs, organizations, and volunteer activities you have participated in on the high school level.

Test Scores

Submit official SAT or ACT scores directly to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

College Board code = 2903
ACT code = 3725 

SAT/ACT scores are also accepted when printed on the high school transcript.  If printed on the transcript, please follow the instructions for transcript submission to TJAPP.

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit the essay prompt via TJAPP.

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation, one professional or volunteer letter and one academic letter are required.  Letters from family, friends or co-workers will not be accepted. Applicants will need to enter the name, title, and email address of the individuals writing the recommendations in the “Evaluation” section of the online application. Your recommenders will received an email from the online application with a recommendation form they will complete online.

References must return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student. 

If you possess previously written letters of recommendation from a reference, contact your counselor directly.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to: 

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

TOEFL code = 2903

Requirements for Accepted PACE BSMS OT (2+3) Students

Students accepted into the PACE BSMS OT (2+3) program need to meet the following requirements in order to transition into Jefferson upon completion of their first two years of undergraduate studies at any regionally accredited institution:

GPA

When the student enters Thomas Jefferson University, he/she must have completed two years (58 credits) of prerequisite coursework at any regionally accredited institution. A 3.3 Cumulative GPA and 3.0 Science Prerequisite GPA are required for the program.  

College Courses/Credits

58 semester credits from specific course areas.

All science courses (A&P I and II with Lab) must be completed within 10 years of application to Jefferson in an on-campus format. Non-science courses can be completed in an on-campus or online format. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer. While a grade of a “C” is required for a course to be eligible to transfer, admission to the program is competitive and we prefer to see a grade of “B” or better for admission. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, such as AP & CLEP, pending department approval.

Course Type Credits Required
Anatomy & Physiology I * 4
Anatomy & Physiology II *
4
Statistics 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Developmental or Lifespan Psychology 3
Cultural Anthropology** 3
Sociology 3
English/Writing 3
English/Writing 3
Electives *** 29

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology required. Labs must be included.

** If a student’s institution does not offer Cultural Anthropology, a course that covers multiple cultures and/or ethnicities from a broad perspective based in anthropology or the social sciences will be accepted. We encourage students to contact the Office of Admissions to confirm that their course will meet the prerequisite requirement.

*** Courses cannot be remedial in nature, physical education, or technical courses. Electives may include arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and foreign language courses.

OT Observation Hours

Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Occupational Therapy requires students accepted into the PACE program to observe OT’s in at least two settings, for a minimum of 50 hours. The observation hours need to be completed after acceptance and prior to entering Thomas Jefferson University.

Advising Appointments

Students accepted into the PACE Program are required to attend mandatory advising appointments each summer prior to their start at Thomas Jefferson University. These advising appointments with Thomas Jefferson University’s Office of Admissions ensure the student is on track to successfully transfer into Jefferson at the completion of their two years at any regionally accredited institution. 

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

Technical Standards for the Department of Occupational Therapy are as follows.

Student must possess sufficient COGNITIVE skills to:

  1. Acquire, process, retain and apply knowledge through a variety of instruc­tional methods such as written materials, oral delivery, visual demonstra­tions, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences, and independent learn­ing.
  2. Complete reading assignments, search and analyze professional literature, and apply information gained to guide practice; learn, retain, and use information from texts, journals, documentation, and other written sources.
  3. Process (measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate) large amounts of complex information; apply theoretical concepts to practice activities and perform clinical problem-solving in a logical and timely man­ner.
  4. Apply mathematical and basic statistical skills.
  5. Perceive and understand three-dimensional relationships and spatial rela­tionships necessary for education and practice-related tasks such as moving in a variety of environments, designing treatment equipment, and fabricating splints.
  6. Participate equitably in cooperative group learning activities; actively par­ticipate in class discussions and as a member of a team.
  7. Orally present information to groups of people.
  8. Maintain attention for 2-4 hours; tolerate days when classes may last 8-10 hours.
  9. Take and pass tests/quizzes in a variety of formats.
  10. Complete written assignments and produce written documentation in stan­dard and organized English.
  11. Apply knowledge and judgment required to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behavior.
  12. Apply safety knowledge and judgment to a variety of situations.
  13. Comply with fieldwork site rules and regulations.
  14. Demonstrate problem-solving skills and judgment necessary to modify eval­uation or intervention methods when necessary to address the specific needs of client (behavioral, cultural, etc.), in order to maximize client per­formance.
  15. Apply clinical reasoning and judgment necessary for interpretation of eval­uation data and development of treatment plans.
  16. Identify and select occupations that are goal directed and motivate and challenge clients.
  17. Demonstrate judgment necessary to establish priorities and develop and use strategies.

Student must possess sufficient BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL-COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS to:

  1. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, coop­eration, flexibility, tact, sympathy, and confidence.
  2. Demonstrate respect for diversity, including but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, spiritual, and lifestyle choices.
  3. Collaborate with classmates, clients, family members, significant others, and team members.
  4. Function successfully in supervisory and instructor-student relationships; change and adjust behavior and performance in the classroom, laboratory, or clinic on the basis of instructor feedback.
  5. Communicate in the English language effectively and clearly in oral and written forms, using proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar to explain procedures and teach skills.
  6. Use language appropriate to the recipient, with faculty, peers, clients and other health professionals from different social and cultural backgrounds to obtain information from clients, peers, faculty, supervisors, and other professionals.
  7. Use communication skills needed to practice safely.
  8. Use therapeutic communication skills such as attending and active listening during therapeutic interactions; and motivating and facilitating client behav­iors in order to maximize client performance.
  9. Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally; elicit and describe factual information and perceive information derived from verbal and non­verbal communication and social cues.
  10. Be appropriately assertive as required to speak in class, initiate and guide the therapy process, establish limits as needed for the safety of self and clients, and establish professional identity within complex systems.
  11. Utilize the computer for communication and class assignments.
  12. Exhibit professional demeanor including appropriate language and dress and acceptance of responsibility for conduct.
  13. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and ability to pri­oritize activities effectively as needed to attend class and fulfill class require­ments.
  14. Exhibit flexibility and adapt to changing environments and expectations.
  15. Cope with stresses encountered in the intensive educational process as well as clinical practice environments.
  16. Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, punctual attendance, and work site maintenance.
  17. Tolerate working in environments where there is exposure to disability, ill­ness, pain, and death.
  18. Observe persons and scenarios and elicit relevant information for use in assessment and intervention.
  19. Plan, guide, and implement both individual and group interventions.
  20. Maintain ethical standards including honesty, integrity, and confidentiality at all times.
  21. Produce the required volume of work in the expected time frame.

Student must possess sufficient PHYSICAL AND SENSORY (SENSORIMOTOR) skills to:

  1. Tolerate sitting for up to two hours at a time, over an 8-10 hour period. 
  2. Tolerate periods of physical activity for up to 8-10 hours per day. 
  3. Demonstrate coordination, equilibrium, and sensory functioning required to manipulate parts of, or whole bodies of, simulated and real clients for pur­poses of evaluation and treatment.
  4. Demonstrate mobility and ability to move within environments adequately to access and maneuver within locations and destinations including class­room, laboratory, and clinical settings.
  5. Demonstrate sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, eye/hand coordination, strength and integrated function of the senses of vision, hear­ing, tactile sense, vestibular (movement sense), and proprioception (sense of muscles and joints) to manipulate and use common occupational therapy equipment, devices, materials, and supplies, and demonstrate competency in the use of these objects within assessment and treatment procedures commonly used in occupational therapy practice.
  6. Demonstrate motor skill capacities with sufficient levels of strength, endurance, and fine and gross motor coordination to safely, accurately, and effectively engage in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, activities, and occupations used in the occupational therapy assessment and intervention process including the ability to lift and move objects, adequate manual dex­terity, arm and hand function needed to use tools and perform other manip­ulative activities, use of limbs and trunk in bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding, extending, and rotating.
  7. Tolerate physical contact with others; tolerate manipulation of his/her own body by peers or instructors for instructional purposes.
  8. Demonstrate sufficiently high degree of coordination of motor skills and vig­ilance to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately, includ­ing performance of CPR.
  9. Travel to fieldwork site.

Fieldwork and Residency/Experiential Placement:

Fieldwork placements are not available in all states, and state availability for fieldwork placement and residency is subject to change.

Admissions Contacts

General Questions

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (1-877-533-3247)
E-mail: TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu

Program-Specific Questions