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

Program Requirements

This weekend program is offered in a blended learning format that involves both on campus and distance learning experiences.

Potential students should read both program and admission requirements to make sure the program is a good fit.

The program requires students to:

  • Attend approximately two intensive on-campus weekend class meetings per month (Friday/Saturday) and complete extensive reading and online learning activities during the week(s) between campus meetings.
  • Have daily access to a laptop computer with camera, headset and microphone, and familiarity with basic computer functions including e-mail, internet, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software.
  • Have a reliable internet connection in order to access BlackBoard, the university’s electronic course management system.
  • Bring laptop computers to class that are compatible with our testing software (PC or Mac) as all exams are delivered online. For minimum requirements go to the following website for assistance regarding supported operating systems
  • Participate in various online guided and independent learning activities, facilitated through the use of e-mail, internet, and distance learning technologies (Blackboard, web conferencing).
  • Matriculate into the OT Program in the fall and participate in the mandatory on-campus orientation weekend held in late July or early August.
  • Keep continuous matriculation as the curriculum’s courses are sequential.
  • Obtain annual health and legal clearances required for fieldwork
  • Complete all Level II fieldwork within 15 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. (See note about eligibility below)
  • Maintain professional organization memberships (AOTA, state OT association, Student OT association)
  • Complete the degree within 4.5 years from the date of first enrollment. Students who have not earned the graduate degree during this period will have their academic records reviewed and may be asked to meet additional requirements in order to graduate.

The Occupational Therapy Program is designed to be completed in sequential fashion. Students must successfully complete coursework within each given semester and remain in good academic standing in order to progress to the next semester. Students must have completed all academic coursework and be in good academic standing to progress to Level II fieldwork. Students must successfully complete the academic and fieldwork portions of the curriculum to qualify for graduation. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NBCOT national certification exam and apply for state licensure, required to be able to practice as an occupational therapist.

Fieldwork Eligibility & Certification/Licensure Information

Participation in fieldwork experiences are required components of the OT curriculum. Fieldwork sites require health clearances, CPR certification, and legal clearances such as a criminal background check, finger printing, and/or child abuse history clearance in order to permit participation in the clinical experience. Fieldwork sites may deny a student's placement because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, all of which would result in delayed graduation, or, in the inability to graduate from the program.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification exam or to attain state licensure as a health professional. Contact the appropriate national or state credentialing bodies for information regarding individual eligibility.