Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy


  1. Complete the Non-Matriculated Student Form (PDF) (fill in all information).
  2. E-mail form to We will initiate the registration process.
  3. You will then be registered for the course and notified by the Tuition Office and the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  4. Start class online from anywhere you are.

Technical Standards Required for Occupational Therapy Student Performance in Classroom, Laboratory & Fieldwork/Residency (for OTD) Settings

Students participating in the Occupational Therapy Programs at Jefferson must have essential skills to perform successfully as a student. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork/residency envi­ronments. Students must be able to perform the following with or without rea­sonable accommodation:

Cognitive Skills

Students must possess sufficient COGNITIVE skills to:
  1. Acquire, process, retain and apply knowledge through a variety of instruc­tional methods such as written materials, oral delivery, visual demonstra­tions, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences and independent learn­ing.
  2. Complete reading assignments, search and analyze professional literature, and apply information gained to guide practice; learn, retain and use infor­mation from texts, journals, documentation and other written sources.
  3. Process (measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate) large amounts of complex information; apply theoretical concepts to practice activities and perform clinical problem-solving in a logical and timely man­ner.
  4. Apply mathematical and basic statistical skills.
  5. Perceive and understand three-dimensional relationships and spatial rela­tionships necessary for education and practice-related tasks such as moving in a variety of environments, designing treatment equipment and fabricating splints.
  6. Participate equitably in cooperative group learning activities; actively par­ticipate in class discussions and as a member of a team.
  7. Orally present information to groups of people.
  8. Maintain attention for 2-4 hours; tolerate days when classes may last 8-10 hours.
  9. Take and pass tests/quizzes in a variety of formats.
  10. Complete written assignments and produce written documentation in stan­dard and organized English.
  11. Apply knowledge and judgment required to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behavior.
  12. Apply safety knowledge and judgment to a variety of situations.
  13. Comply with fieldwork site rules and regulations.
  14. Demonstrate problem-solving skills and judgment necessary to modify eval­uation or intervention methods when necessary to address the specific needs of client (behavioral, cultural, etc.), in order to maximize client per­formance.
  15. Apply clinical reasoning and judgment necessary for interpretation of eval­uation data and development of treatment plans.
  16. Identify and select occupations that are goal directed and motivate and challenge clients.
  17. Demonstrate judgment necessary to establish priorities and develop and use strategies. 

Behavioral/Social-Communication Skills & Professional Behaviors

  1. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, coop­eration, flexibility, tact, sympathy and confidence.
  2. Demonstrate respect for diversity, including but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual and lifestyle choices.
  3. Collaborate with classmates, clients, family members, significant others and team members.
  4. Function successfully in supervisory and instructor-student relationships; change and adjust behavior and performance in the classroom, laboratory or clinic on the basis of instructor feedback.
  5. Communicate in the English language effectively and clearly in oral and written forms, using proper spelling, punctuation and grammar to explain procedures and teach skills.
  6. Use language appropriate to the recipient, with faculty, peers, clients and other health professionals from different social and cultural backgrounds to obtain information from clients, peers, faculty, supervisors and other profes­sionals.
  7. Use communication skills needed to practice safely.
  8. Use therapeutic communication skills such as attending and active listening during therapeutic interactions; and motivating and facilitating client behav­iors in order to maximize client performance.
  9. Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally; elicit and describe factual information and perceive information derived from verbal and non­verbal communication and social cues.
  10. Be appropriately assertive as required to speak in class, initiate and guide the therapy process, establish limits as needed for the safety of self and clients and establish professional identity within complex systems.
  11. Utilize the computer for communication and class assignments.
  12. Exhibit professional demeanor including appropriate language and dress, and acceptance of responsibility for conduct.
  13. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and ability to pri­oritize activities effectively as needed to attend class and fulfill class require­ments.
  14. Exhibit flexibility and adapt to changing environments and expectations.
  15. Cope with stresses encountered in the intensive educational process as well as clinical practice environments.
  16. Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, punctual attendance and work site maintenance.
  17. Tolerate working in environments where there is exposure to disability, ill­ness, pain and death.
  18. Observe persons and scenarios and elicit relevant information for use in assessment and intervention.
  19. Plan, guide and implement both individual and group interventions.
  20. Maintain ethical standards including honesty, integrity and confidentiality at all times.
  21. Produce the required volume of work in the expected time frame. 

Physical & Sensory (Sensorimotor) Skills

Students must possess sufficient PHYSICAL AND SENSORY (SENSORIMOTOR) skills to:
  1. Tolerate sitting for up to 2 hours at a time, over an 8-10 hour period. 
  2. Tolerate periods of physical activity for up to 8-10 hours per day. 
  3. Demonstrate coordination, equilibrium and sensory functioning required to manipulate parts of, or whole bodies of, simulated and real clients for pur­poses of evaluation and treatment.
  4. Demonstrate mobility and ability to move within environments adequately to access and maneuver within locations and destinations including class­room, laboratory and clinical settings.
  5. Demonstrate sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, eye/hand coordination, strength and integrated function of the senses of vision, hear­ing, tactile sense, vestibular (movement sense) and proprioception (sense of muscles and joints) to manipulate and use common occupational therapy equipment, devices, materials and supplies, and demonstrate competency in the use of these objects within assessment and treatment procedures commonly used in occupational therapy practice.
  6. Demonstrate motor skill capacities with sufficient levels of strength, endurance and fine and gross motor coordination to safely, accurately and effectively engage in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, activities and occupations used in the occupational therapy assessment and intervention process including the ability to lift and move objects, adequate manual dex­terity, arm and hand function needed to use tools and perform other manip­ulative activities, use of limbs and trunk in bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding, extending and rotating.
  7. Tolerate physical contact with others; tolerate manipulation of his/her own body by peers or instructors for instructional purposes.
  8. Demonstrate sufficiently high degree of coordination of motor skills and vig­ilance to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately, includ­ing performance of CPR.
  9. Travel to fieldwork site. 

Fieldwork & Residency/Experiential Placement

Fieldwork placements are not available in all states, and state availability for fieldwork placement and residency is subject to change.

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Phone: 215-503-8890