About the Program

The MSOT Hybrid Program of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is delivered on the university's East Falls, Philadelphia campus. 

Learn more about the University's name change on our FAQ page, here.


OT Rated Top Career

US News & World Report rates Occupational Therapy as No. 17 on the Best Health Care Jobs list in 2016

Forbes Magazine rates Occupational Therapy as the fifth most recession-proof job

Money Magazine identifies Occupational Therapy as number 10 of the 100 Best Jobs in America, and among the top 10 least stressful jobs

Employment in Occupational Therapy is expected to increase 29% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor)

Yahoo Finance names Occupational Therapy as in the top 20 top-paying careers in health care (Finance.Yahoo)

The East Falls Campus MSOT Program

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) MS in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program features a unique blended learning model with a keen focus on innovation through collaboration. Through the program, students learn to help people of all ages improve their functional independence after illness, injury, or delays in growth and development. The MSOT program is grounded in the fields of science and psychology, combined with creativity, compassion and coaching to help people live their lives to the fullest.

The knowledge, skills and ways of thinking taught in classroom and applied experiences enables graduates to work as OT professionals in all settings, from early intervention and school classrooms to community agencies and medical facilities. In these various settings therapy can involve everything from restoring, maintaining or developing abilities to adapting the environment to support individuals to live independently and achieve quality of life.  

Blended Learning Format
Students attend on-campus classroom sessions 8 weekends/ semester, typically every other weekend (Friday/Saturday). These on-campus class meetings account for approximately 70-80% of course delivery. The remaining educational dialogue occurs online through distance learning technologies.

Innovation through Collaboration
Occupational Therapy students regularly collaborate with peers and students from a variety of programs throughout the University, current OT professionals, and various other partners. Through inter-professional projects, OT students learn to advocate for their clients and help their colleagues to better understand issues related to the world of individuals living with educational challenges, health conditions, or disabilities.


A.S. in Occupational Therapy
Earn your A.S. in Occupational Therapy in this accelerated program to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and work in collaboration with occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to people of all ages who are learning or relearning ways to succeed in the occupations of life: any tasks one may do on a daily basis for work or leisure.

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Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy
Earn your B.S. and M.S. in Occupational Therapy in an accelerated program in less time than it would take to complete both degrees separately. Choose between Psychology or Health Science for the undergraduate portion, before moving into the master’s program in occupational therapy. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

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M.S. in Occupational Therapy
Earn your M.S. in Occupational Therapy if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree. The master’s program combines online learning, intensive weekend sessions and clinical fieldwork. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

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Occupational Therapy Doctorate
The Philadelphia University Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is no longer accepting new applicants. Those interested in the OTD program are encouraged to apply to Thomas Jefferson University's OTD program.


100% of Jefferson (Philadephia University + Thomas Jefferson University) East Falls Campus MSOT graduates passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam in 2016. Program results from NBCOT can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-2682. Web address is www.acoteonline.org

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program has been continuously accredited by ACOTE since 2000. The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) East Falls Campus MSOT Program was reaccredited for 10 years in 2017. The next reaccreditation self-study and site visit is anticipated to occur in 2027-2028.

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Join us for an Online Information Session

Learn more about the MSOT program by registering for one of these virtual information sessions:

Wednesday, September 27 at 12 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18 at 12 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29 at 12 p.m.

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To request Undergraduate information click here or email admissions@PhilaU.edu.

To request Graduate information click here or email gradadmin@philau.edu.