Name Change FAQ

Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University -- the new Jefferson

On September 9, 2016 leadership from Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University signed an agreement approved by both Boards of Trustees to combine the two institutions.  On July 1, 2017, the integration became official. The new combined university name is Thomas Jefferson University, referred to as Jefferson.

What does the combination mean for students entering into one of Jefferson’s Occupational Therapy degree programs in fall 2017?  

Students accepted into any of the combined Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) entry level degree programs would enter and complete the program into which they matriculated. Entry-level programs include the BSMS, Master’s, and Doctorate programs. Students accepted into Jefferson's Post-Professional Doctorate or Advanced Practice Certificate Programs would enter and complete the program into which they matriculated.

What does the combination mean for applicants to Jefferson’s Occupational Therapy degree programs for fall 2018?  

The new and combined Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will offer the following Occupational Therapy programs for fall 2018 applicants.

•  AAS (Occupational Therapy Assistants—OTA): Bucks County Campus

•  Combined BS/MS in Occupational Therapy: East Falls, Philadelphia Campus (High School Applicants)
•  Bachelor's and Master's in Occupational Therapy -- Center City, Philadelphia Campus (Transfer applicants)
 
•  MSOT Hybrid - East Falls, Philadelphia Campus (applicants with a bachelor's degree)
•  MSOT On-Campus - Center City, Philadelphia Campus (applicants with a bachelor's degree)
•  Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) On-Campus - Center City Campus
•  Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (Center City campus/ online)
•  Advanced Practice Certificate Programs (Center City campus/ online)

 

Both Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University offered a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Now Jefferson offers two MS degree programs.  What are the differences?

The MSOT Hybrid Program - East Falls Campus is delivered in a blended-learning format where students attend classes, on-campus, during two weekends each month (Friday - Saturday). Between 70-80 percent of the coursework is taught on campus, the remainder is delivered online. The MSOT On-campus Program - Center City Campus is delivered in a full-time, day format. 

Both Universities offer a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  How will the combination impact these programs?

Each program is separately accredited by ACOTE. For the foreseeable future both programs will continue to be offered, delivering the curriculum outlined by each program.

I am interested in applying to the Master’s Degree programs at both campuses. Do I fill out applications for both programs?

Yes, you will need to apply to both programs using a separate application for each program. For the fall 2018 admission cycle, Philadelphia University has its own portal on OTCAS. Applicants should go to Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University portals on OTCAS if interested in applying to both master's programs. Applicants will also need to meet each program’s specific requirements/ criteria for admission.

I am interested in applying to both the Master’s and the Doctorate programs. Can I?

Applicants can apply to both master's programs. Applicants cannot simultaneously apply to the Master’s and Doctorate programs at Jefferson. Applicants are requested at the time of application to make the determination between the Master’s or Doctoral-level programs.

How will the combination affect my classroom education?

For the foreseeable future, the MSOT Hybrid Program - East Falls Campus and MSOT On-campus Program - Center City Campus will continue to deliver the curriculum outlined by the respective programs.

How will the combination affect my fieldwork education?  

For the foreseeable future the MSOT Hybrid Program - East Falls Campus and MSOT On-campus Program - Center City Campus will continue to deliver fieldwork experiences as outlined by the respective programs.

 
What tuition rate should I reference to understand the cost?

The integration of our two institutions will be an 18 month to 3 year process. At this point you will pay the tuition of the program and campus to which you are accepted.

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