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


College of Rehabilitation Sciences


Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Center City, East Falls


On Campus


6 Years

Starting Term



  • Professor
  • Site Program Coordinator, BS OTD Program
Position: Department of Occupational Therapy
Organization: Jefferson - East Falls Campus
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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.  


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. The three-year curriculum in exercise science totals 104 credits of undergraduate coursework. Students complete their professional phase of occupational therapy education and clinical coursework over the next three years.  Students not meeting these requirements will be eligible to complete a four-year BS in Exercise Science degree. 

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.