Thomas Jefferson University

Occupational Therapy

Jefferson STEP-UP

This program is an academic enrichment program for students who are interested in attending graduate school for occupational therapy, physical therapy or athletic training and fit in one or more of the following categories:

•          Underrepresented minorities

•          First generation college students

The program aims to increase competitiveness of students’ applications to physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training programs and provides a clearer understanding of the expectations and roles of an occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training student and professional.


Program Details

This summer, the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (JCRS) at Thomas Jefferson University will be running their 3rd annual Summer Training & Enrichment Programs for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) designed for students interested Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and this year we are pleased to add Athletic Training.

The program will be a virtual event designed for Rising Juniors, Seniors & Recent Graduates.

Date: June 12, 2020
Time: 9am – 3:00pm
Where: Zoom virtual event
Cost: The program is free to participants.

Registration Link

Participants who attend the entire full day event will receive a certificate of attendance


Contact Us

Rebecca Sinko, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Jefferson College of Rehabiliation Sciences
901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-503-1608

Kim Nixon Cave, PT,  MS, PhD, FAPTA

Jefferson College of Rehabiliation Sciences
901 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-955-1996



"I would like to thank each and every one at Jefferson who were with me and the other OT STEP-UP students throughout this program. Everyone was so helpful and informative. We all got to learn so much from everyone's experience on how they got to their goal and the advice and tips that were given to all of us was very helpful." 

- Sonia Maryam


"This program introduced me to so many people -
students, faculty, and future students - that all
shared the same interest and passion. Being surrounded by these people everyday helped us further establish the reasons why occupational therapy fit us best."

- Ann Claire Macalintal 


"Being in the program has solidified my desire to be an Occupational Therapist. Everyone was so supportive and it really left such a positive, motivating impact on my life."

- Joy Jamil