Program Outcomes

Professional Certification and Licensure
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from NBCOT through its early determination process HERE.

Participation in clinical experiences and fieldwork are required components of the OT curriculum. Clinical and fieldwork sites may require a criminal background check and/or child abuse history clearance in order to permit participation in the clinical experience. Clinical and fieldwork sites may deny a student's participation in the clinical or fieldwork experience 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 inability to graduate from the program. Individuals who do not graduate are ineligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination.

Retention and Progression
The total number of graduates from the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) East Falls Campus MSOT Program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 89, with an overall graduation rate of 97.8%. This represents the following graduating cohorts: Class of 2014-15, Class of 2015-16, and Class of 2016-17. The maximum time for completion of the degree program is 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.

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Since the program's inception the majority of graduates who sought employment as occupational therapists began working within 3-6 months of graduation. Many had employment offers prior to graduation.

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Wednesday, October 18 at 12 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29 at 12 p.m.

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