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

College

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

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

6 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Term Start

Fall

Program Contact

Positions:
  • Professor
  • Director, BSMS OT Program
  • Site Coordinator, OTD East Falls
Position: Department of Occupational Therapy
Contact Number(s):
Name: Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC
Positions:
  • Chair
  • Associate Professor
Position: Department of Exercise Science

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Designed for high school graduates 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 Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.  The exercise science curriculum provides graduates with foundational knowledge in science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and exercise prescription.  

Curriculum

Students complete three years of coursework in the exercise science program, encompassing 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 are guaranteed entry into the professional phase of the program. Students who do not meet these requirements will be eligible to complete a four-year BS in Exercise Science degree. The three-year curriculum in exercise science totals 105 credits of undergraduate coursework. Students complete their professional phase over the next three years (ten semesters) of occupational therapy education and clinical course work for a total of 115 credits.

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

Jefferson occupational therapy students develop their clinical skillset during several part and full-time clinical experiences in various settings.