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


Students and faculty collaboration

Our academic programs in Occupational Therapy are ranked # 6 nationally and #1 in the Delaware Valley by U.S. News and World Report. Whether they enter our programs straight out of high school, from another college or while pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy (OT), all Thomas Jefferson University graduates are prepared for successful careers.

Our OT programs produce graduating classes with:

Thomas Jefferson University leads the way in healthcare education with the use of innovative teaching strategies, including simulated patients, consumer instructors and targeted interprofessional education opportunities allowing students to learn alongside peers in other health and medical professions. All classes are taught by innovative, highly experienced faculty members, many of whom are involved in funded training and research projects. Faculty and students have an opportunity to collaborate in projects based in Jefferson Elder Care, Child and Family Studies and the Sensory Integration Laboratory.

Students have many unique opportunities, including community service, fieldwork in unique settings and international experiences.


ACOTE logo

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

In December 2017, the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) Entry Level Program at Thomas Jefferson University-Center City, Philadelphia Campus, Pennsylvania, was granted the Status of Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Jefferson University

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 Univeristy can do so by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions Page.