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Admissions Application Instructions
Program: Occupational Therapy – Doctorate (OTD)

Welcome to the Jefferson Schools Web Application

We are happy that you have decided to apply to Jefferson. Applying online is fast and convenient. (In order to apply, you must have a valid credit card.)  Just follow the instructions below and, if you have any questions, contact us at (215) 503-8890 or 877-JEFF-247.

Application items that are sent to Jefferson, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.,  should be sent in one single manila envelope containing all your application items. Submitting application items in a single envelope will optimize your application process and ensure no items are lost.

The application material should be addressed to:

Thomas Jefferson University Admissions
130 S. 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Apply to the OTD program using the Jefferson Online Application.

Note: If you receive an error message or have problems when you try to submit your application, send an email message to our help desk at bannerweb.admin@jefferson.edu. Include your name, a phone number and time when you can be reached, and a complete description of the problem you are experiencing. A technical representative will contact you within 24 hours.

  • If this is your first Jefferson online application, choose the “first time user account creation” option on the opening page of the application. Otherwise, enter your previously created Login ID and PIN. Create a Login ID or have the computer generate one for you. You may choose any six-digit number for your PIN but please be sure to write it down. TJU will not be able to access your PIN number if you forget it.  Login ID:_______________  PIN#:________________
  • Once you begin the application, there is a 5-minute inactivity timeout. This means that if you do not use the system for 5 minutes, you will be prompted to re-enter your Login ID and PIN to continue with the application.
  • You will be asked to choose an "Application Type." For OTD applicants, that is "Occupational Therapy Doctorate." (If you are applying to another program, please go back. If you are uncertain as to which major is best for you, please visit our website at http://www.jefferson.edu/health_professions/ and click on the appropriate department to get additional information.)
  • After you enter the type of student you will be and the start term, all the sections of the application that apply to you will be listed with either a red or blue icon. All of the red icons MUST be completed before your application can be submitted. The blue icons are sections that we prefer that you complete so we can better serve you in the application process.
  • Instructions at the top of each screen help you to complete that screen properly. Please read all instructions before starting that section.
  • When entering information, do not use all capital or lower case letters.
  • When you enter a date in any section of the application please be sure to use this format MM/DD/YYYY, including the backslashes (/).
  • When you are finished with all of the sections you must check the “Application Complete” box before you click “Submit Application.” If you do not check the box, TJU will not be able to download your application.
  • After the application is completed you will be asked to provide your credit card number and expiration date to pay the application fee. If you do not have a valid credit card, TJU will not be able to download your application.
  • Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

Submit the $25 application fee to Jefferson's online application system.

Submit post-secondary official transcripts to Jefferson at the following address:

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

  • DO NOT open the transcript.
  • Transcripts received with broken seals will be returned to the applicant.
  • Enclose all transcripts in the self managed application envelope.

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by the World Education Services (WES) or comparable credential evaluation service. WES will transmit the results electronically to Jefferson. You do not need to include them in the envelope.

Please contact WES at:  
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Courier Address *
64 Beaver Street, #146
New York, NY 10004
* This is a courier mail handling facility accepting DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc. 
Documents should not be hand delivered

 

You must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters can be written by any one of the following individuals: professor, academic administrator, professional or volunteer supervisor or manager. Please note that following will not be accepted as recommendations: family, friends or co-workers.

  • You can download a recommendation form here or your recommenders can submit a reference on letterhead.
  • The letter must include your name, address, and email address. Fill out the information required at the top of the downloaded recommendation form or be sure your recommender includes it if he or she submits a reference on letterhead.
  • Prepare a self addressed stamped envelope for your recommender to return the letter to you.
  • After completing the letter, your recommender must seal the envelope you provided, sign the back, and send it back to you.
  • When you receive the letter, DO NOT open it. Include the signed and sealed letter(s) in the large self-managed application envelope along with your other application material.
  • Recommendation letters received with broken seals will be returned to the applicant.

Submit a personal statement (not more than 1,000 words) outlining career goals, educational goals and objectives, and area of interest in pursuing your degree.

Include a CV or resume in the self-managed application envelope.

Official, original GRE or MAT scores are required only if the cumulative GPA from the Master's in Occupational Therapy is less than 3.0. 

  • GRE code = 5750
  • MAT code = 9910

Scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions at:

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

Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. GRE and MAT scores are valid for 2 years from the date taken.

Include a current copy of your national or state health professions license in the self-managed application envelope.

Jefferson will contact academically eligible applicants with less than one year of experience via e-mail to schedule a required interview to be conducted via Skype or in person.

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Jefferson at:

130 S. 9th St.
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Please click here for additional information on the TOEFL.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson Schools will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing -21, Speaking -23, Reading -21 and Listening -22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. TOEFL code = 2903
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.

Applicants who graduated from a foreign OT program that is a member of WFOT may be considered for admission without a bachelor's degree if they have established equivalency as determined by the admission coordinator. In addition to meeting academic standards and submitting all appropriate documentation (including course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts), the following supplemental criteria are required:

  • Proof of NBCOT certification
  • Work history - at least 3 years of documented work as a practicing occupational therapist in the United States -Evidence of continuing education - at least 36 Professional Development Units (PDU's) within the past 3 years

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson Schools will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing -21, Speaking -23, Reading -21 and Listening -22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. TOEFL code = 2903
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.

 

*Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.

 

Fingerprinting and Drug Testing

Some clinical sites may require students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement, as needed.

Admissions Deadline Dates

Please click here to see the OTD deadline dates.

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