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PACE (Plan a College Education) Program


High school students who want to assure admission to Jefferson’s occupational therapy program can apply to the Plan a College Education (PACE) program in their senior year of high school. PACE students attend any accredited college or university for two years to complete their prerequisites and liberal arts education, and then transfer into the entry-level BS/MS in occupational therapy program. 

For a list of schools with which Jefferson has partnership agreements, click here.

Program Length


PACE students enter the BS/MSOT program when they get to Jefferson.


Fall Semester Credits
OT300 Introduction to Applied Science 1
OT302 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology (Lecture/Laboratory) 4
OT311 Health and Health Conditions 4
OT321 Foundations of Occupation-Centered Practice I 2
OT330 Using an Occupational Therapy Lens in the Clinic 2
OT336 Occupation Through the Life Span (Lecture/Laboratory) 5
Total 18
(all undergrad)
Spring Semester  
CMST201 Technology Applications for Healthcare 3
OT308 Concepts in Neurodevelopment (Lecture/Laboratory) 4
OT322 Foundations of Occupation-Centered Practice I 2
OT340 Domains of Occupational Therapy Practice –
Fieldwork Level I
OT357 Evaluation Process (Lecture/Laboratory) 4
OT577 Historical Perspectives on Theory-Based Practice 3
Total 18
(15 undergrad/3 grad)
Summer Session I  
OT341 Occupational Analysis & Evaluation –
Fieldwork Level I
Total 2
(all undergrad)


Fall Semester Credits
OT440 Interventions:  Enhancing Human Performance – Fieldwork Level I 2
OT441 Interventions:  Enhancing Social Performance – Fieldwork Level I 2
OT552 Interventions:  Enhancing Human Performance (lecture/laboratory) 5
OT558 Interventions: Enhancing Social Participation 3
Graduate Elective or  Independent Study 3

Total 15
(4 undergrad/11 grad)
Spring Semester Credits
Undergraduate Elective 3
Undergraduate Elective 3
ID302 Understanding Research Principles 3
OT560 Environmental Competence 3
OT561 Environmental Competence Lab 1
OT562 Environmental Competence Fieldwork in Action (FWI) 1
OT600 Occupational Therapy Professional Seminar 1
Total 15
Summer Session I (May through June) Credits
OT467 Health Services Administration & Professional Development 2
OT603 Research Mentorship and Methods 4
Total 6

(2 undergrad/ 4 grad)
Summer Session I (May through June)  
OT480 Fieldwork Level IIA (July through end of September) 6
OT578 Evidence Based Practice (on-line, July through December) 2
Total 8
(6 undergrad/ 2 grad)


Credit Summary

Total Undergraduate Credits 47
Total Graduate Credits 35

Contact Us

Apply using the partner school’s application

For more information contact Stephen Kern, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA at (215) 503-8013 or Stephen.kern@

Donald Sharples
Admissions Counselor (215) 503-1044 donald.sharples

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