* Coursework is focused on clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and use of theory and occupation in achieving therapeutic outcomes.
** Total number of credits varies because students with less than 3 years of experience at the time they begin their fellowship will take a 6-credit fellowship; all others take a 3-credit fellowship. Students take a series of OTD seminars (A, B, and C) to advance their progress toward the final doctoral project.
How much does the Jefferson OTD Cost?
Review tuition costs here.
Jefferson alumni receive a 25% tuition discount. Employers may have funds budgeted to pay for tuition, either as tuition reimbursement programs or continuing education funds. For information about how to pay tuition and a monthly payment program click here.
We have also started an Advanced Education Grants Program to assist those with limited or no financial assistance from employers who show strong potential as leaders and change agents for occupational therapy.
Can international students take the OTD?
The OTD is an online program and it is available to international students as long as they are abroad and have earned their entry-level degree in occupational therapy at a WFOT-approved school The OTD is not available to international students who are in the U.S. in F or J status, due to federal regulations, as follows:
- International students who are in the U.S. in F or J status are restricted to taking one online course per term per federal regulations.
- International students in F or J status may not enroll as part-time students.
These federal regulations preclude admission to the OTD by international students who are residing in the U.S. on F or J status.
For international student admissions information, please go to the Office of Admissions website.
Other resources for international students can be found on the Office of International Affairs website.
3.0 cumulative average in your completed BS, MS or MA program.
*If bachelor's or master’s degree GPA is below 3.0, take the GRE or MAT.
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 three years
Complete the non-matriculated student form and email to OTD-APC@Jefferson.edu or fax to (215) 503-2950 for faculty signature.
You can check currently offered classes through the Banner schedule. Search for Occupational Therapy, and this will give you a list of classes. Also, you can check the OTD course descriptions for general information as to when classes are typically offered.
We have designed our OTD program so that it is online, to meet the needs of busy professionals. The way this works is as follows: we have on campus and virtual sessions once at the beginning of each semester on a Saturday and once near the end of each semester (also on a weekend day). Students may attend these sessions virtually, on-campus, or complete an alternate assignment.
All the classes thus can be completed entirely online. The format is primarily asynchronous (assignments done at your own pace at a time convenient for you), with some discussions or meetings with faculty mentors using synchronous learning (online at the same time). There will be an orientation session prior to your first class (held online), so that you can learn exactly how the online learning activities work and practice so that you are comfortable working online. Of course, additional support is available after this orientation.