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.


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Read about our faculty, student and alumni activities and accomplishments, including OT student Marissa Heller’s role on a 1st Place Health Hack team!

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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 Combined Bachelors and Master’s Program (Combined BSMS OT)  is an entry level program for students who have completed two years of college-level courses. Our program prepares you to work as entry-level practitioner in a variety of settings.

The Entry Level Master’s Program (EMOT) is an entry level program for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy. The EMOT program prepares you to work as entry-level practitioner in a variety of settings.

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 program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). ACOTE can be contacted through the American Occupational Therapy Association:

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-6611 X 2914

The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, entry level program (OTD e) achieved Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in August 2015. The program is scheduled for “pre-accreditation” review in the Fall of 2016, and final ACOTE accreditation on-site visit in the late summer or fall of 2017.

Our OT programs produce graduating classes with:

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.