Program Jumps from #13 in 2008
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Jefferson School of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University, is ranked #6 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2012.” This is a jump from #13 in 2008, the last time Occupational Therapy programs were ranked.
“This ranking places us among a group of very elite occupational therapy programs across the country,” says Janice Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Dean of Jefferson School of Health Professions. “It is a testament to our department’s leadership within the profession. We have a distinguished faculty that are recognized nationally and internationally. They are active in professional organizations as members of task forces and special interest sections and regularly share their expertise by writing and presenting papers about their innovative practice and education programs.”
Some of the department’s innovative programs include Jefferson Elder Care, home-based services and professional training focused on improving the daily lives of older adults and their families, and the Sensory Integration Lab, which investigates the neural and behavioral markers of difficulty processing and integrating sensory information in children with autism and adults with sensory defensiveness and anxiety.
Jefferson’s Department of Occupational Therapy offers three degree program options: a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree (BS/MSOT), an entry-level master’s (EMOT) and a clinical doctorate (OTD). The Department also offers Advanced Practice Specialty Certificates in Autism Practice and Research, Teaching in the Digital Age, Innovative Practice with Older Adults and Neuroscience.
Two other Jefferson programs were also included in the recent graduate school rankings. The Department of Physical Therapy, also in the Jefferson School of Health Professions, was ranked #51. Jefferson Medical College was ranked #57 for research and #68 for primary care.
About Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University, (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research. Founded in 1824, TJU includes Jefferson Medical College, Jefferson College of Graduate Studies and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Population Health. Jefferson University Physicians is TJU's multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of JMC. Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.