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Health Sciences - Occupational Therapy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #394 (BCR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
The Health Sciences (MSc in Occupational Therapy) program offered by Thomas Jefferson University is designed for students who know early on that they want to become occupational therapists.
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The Health Sciences - Occupational Therapy program is offered by Thomas Jefferson University. This program allows students to seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both of these degrees separately.  Students selecting this option can choose between the Health Sciences or Psychology majors as undergraduates.  For qualified students, graduate OT coursework begins in the student’s senior year (or equivalent) after all undergraduate college studies and major coursework has been successfully completed.

The B.S. in Health Sciences track includes multiple courses designed for students who are interested in becoming a health professional.  The curriculum includes courses in the natural sciences combined with human sciences, psychology, and unique practical and clinical experiences. Additionally, each student completes extensive volunteer and shadowing experiences with health practitioners as part of the major’s coursework.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evolving Professional Seminar
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Occupational Competence
  • Clinical Skills A
  • Assistive Technology Design
  • Introduction to Evaluation
  • Applied Neuroanatomy
  • Clinical Skills B
  • Interpersonal Relations and Groups
  • Clinical Skills C
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Older Adults: Enabling Participation
  • Psychosocial Interventions

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree: minimum overall 3.0 grade point average. Upon matriculation, official transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate study must be provided to the Jefferson - East Falls Graduate Admission’s Office.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Documentation of work and volunteer experiences: highlight accomplishments, and work and volunteer experiences in health care, community, social and/or human service.
  • Clinical observation documentation: minimum 20 hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
  • Personal essay: reviewed for written communication skills, knowledge of the OT profession, personal insight, and motivation for the profession (500 words or less). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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