Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery


The Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery 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. Through four, 3-credit online courses with limited on-campus sessions, students will learn to apply design principles and strategies to enhance client intervention planning, implementation, and outcomes.

Program Length

11 Months

Program Format



Center City & East Falls

Program Start


The common themes that are woven through all four courses include:

  1. the role of health professionals within a design team,
  2. the integration of design approaches and methods into healthcare practice,
  3. the iterative nature of the design process, in which research, prototyping, testing, and redesign are interconnected, and
  4. the benefits gained when healthcare professions expand their tool kit to include the application of design concepts and specific design strategies within their practice.
After successfully completing the four courses, students will receive a post-professional certificate of completion. The credits may be applied to the Post-Professional OTD program offered at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, Students may transfer credits from the certificate program to degree programs at other universities.

15 Aug

Application Deadline

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Contact Us

Program Contact

Mikael Avery, M.Arch, MS, OTR/L
Lead Faculty, Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery
Visiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy & Industrial Design


Admissions Contact

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions

: 215-503-8890