Department of Occupational Therapy
Why Occupational Therapy?
Learn how the current emphasis on health and wellness has expanded the role of occupational therapy into preventive and educational arenas. Our programs provide an array of educational experiences that will lead to successful careers.
The Department of Occupational Therapy remains #6 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report
The department offers programs at the master’s and doctoral-entry level and post-professional level. Students have opportunities to participate in innovative clinical, educational and research experiences on their path to becoming leaders in occupational therapy and health care.
Inclusive Design for Individuals with Disabilities
Students in Jefferson’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences partnered with Carousel Connections to create solutions for young adults with disabilities to live independently with confidence. One of the foundational elements to obtaining a healthy lifestyle is being able to independently prepare nutritious meals while using methods that are both convenient and efficient. This team of students created a strategic cook book system which enables individuals to learn to cook for themselves, while also teaching valuable skills that may provide future job opportunities in the food and beverage industry.
Degrees & Programs
NEW! Advanced Practice Certificate for Healthcare Professionals: Using Design in Healthcare Delivery
This new certificate was created to provide practicing occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare professionals with specific knowledge in design principles and a distinct skill-set in design approaches and methods that will enhance their practice and expand interprofessional collaborative opportunities.
The entry-level Master of Science programs and the entry-level Doctoral program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
ACOTE, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 | Phone: 301-652-AOTA
ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.