Exercise Science to Doctor of Occupational Therapy (3+3)


  • Center City Campus
  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

6 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Term Start



Name: Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC
  • Chair
  • Associate Professor
Position: Department of Exercise Science

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Designed for high school graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy.  This program provides an accelerated degree path that shortens the time to graduation by one full year, while still delivering a high quality educational experience that couples both classroom and clinical based educational experiences necessary to earn a Bachelors of Science in exercise science and a doctorate in occupational therapy.  The exercise science aspect will provide graduates with foundational knowledge in science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise prescription.  


Students complete three years of coursework in the exercise science program, which encompasses foundational knowledge in science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise prescription.  It also includes all of the required prerequisites for the OTD program.  Students meeting all program prerequisites and academic standards will progress into the professional phase of the program. (Students who do not meet these requirements will be eligible to complete a four year BS degree in Exercise Science. The three-year curriculum in exercise science totals 105 credits of undergraduate coursework. Once entered into the professional phase, students will complete three years (10 semesters) of occupational therapy education and clinical course work for a total of 115 credits.

Jefferson exercise science students will learn hands on clinical skills during their internship course that occurs in the third year. Common sites include fitness centers, strength and condition facilitates, and hospital based settings. 

Jefferson occupational therapy students learn clinical skills during several part and full time clinical experiences that encompass the various occupational therapy settings.