Individuals who want to gain advanced skills and knowledge to enhance their current practice and who want to become innovators in traditional and emerging areas of occupational therapy should apply to our Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program (PP-OTD). Students also have the opportunity to develop or refine academic and clinical teaching skills. This program is for practitioners currently working in the Occupational Therapy field.
Thomas Jefferson University is a member of SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements).
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Fall Application Deadline: August 1
Spring Application Deadline: December 1
Summer Application Deadline: April 1
To be considered complete and eligible for review, a Thomas Jefferson University application must be completed online by the deadline date, along with the required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement, and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.). All documents must be postmarked by the deadline date to be eligible for review.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.
US Credentialed Applicants
- Degree & GPA: A minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative average in a completed BS, MS or MA Occupational Therapy program is required.
- Test Scores: If your Bachelor's or Master’s degree GPA is below 3.0, the GRE or MAT examination is required.
- Professional Licensure: A valid state occupational therapy license.
Internationally Credentialed Applicants
- Degree & GPA: Applicants educated abroad must earn their degree from a WFOT- approved school. A minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative average is required.
- Test Scores: If your Bachelor's or Master’s degree GPA is below 3.0, the GRE or MAT examination is required.
- Professional Experiences:
- NBCOT Certification
- Work History: at least 3 years of documented work as a practicing occupational therapist
- Evidence of Continuing Education: at least 36 Professional Development Units (PDU's) within the past three years
Technical Standards Required For Occupational Therapy Student Performance in Classroom, Laboratory and Fieldwork/Residency (for OTD) Settings
Students participating in the Occupational Therapy Programs at Thomas Jefferson University must have essential skills to perform successfully as a student. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork/residency environments. Students must be able to perform the following with or without reasonable accommodation:
Student must possess sufficient COGNITIVE skills to:
- Acquire, process, retain and apply knowledge through a variety of instructional methods such as written materials, oral delivery, visual demonstrations, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences and independent learning.
- Complete reading assignments, search and analyze professional literature, and apply information gained to guide practice; learn, retain and use information from texts, journals, documentation and other written sources.
- Process (measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate) large amounts of complex information; apply theoretical concepts to practice activities and perform clinical problem-solving in a logical and timely manner.
- Apply mathematical and basic statistical skills.
- Perceive and understand three-dimensional relationships and spatial relationships necessary for education and practice-related tasks such as moving in a variety of environments, designing treatment equipment and fabricating splints.
- Participate equitably in cooperative group learning activities; actively participate in class discussions and as a member of a team.
- Orally present information to groups of people.
- Maintain attention for 2-4 hours; tolerate days when classes may last 8-10 hours.
- Take and pass tests/quizzes in a variety of formats.
- Complete written assignments and produce written documentation in standard and organized English.
- Apply knowledge and judgment required to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behavior.
- Apply safety knowledge and judgment to a variety of situations.
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills and judgment necessary to modify evaluation or intervention methods when necessary to address the specific needs of client (behavioral, cultural, etc.), in order to maximize client performance.
- Apply clinical reasoning and judgment necessary for interpretation of evaluation data and development of treatment plans.
- Identify and select occupations that are goal directed and motivate and challenge clients.
- Demonstrate judgment necessary to establish priorities and develop and use strategies.
Student must possess sufficient BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL-COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS to:
- Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, cooperation, flexibility, tact, sympathy and confidence.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity, including but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual and lifestyle choices.
- Collaborate with classmates, clients, family members, significant others and team members.
- Function successfully in supervisory and instructor-student relationships; change and adjust behavior and performance in the classroom, laboratory or clinic on the basis of instructor feedback.
- Communicate in the English language effectively and clearly in oral and written forms, using proper spelling, punctuation and grammar to explain procedures and teach skills.
- Use language appropriate to the recipient, with faculty, peers, clients and other health professionals from different social and cultural backgrounds to obtain information from clients, peers, faculty, supervisors and other professionals.
- Use communication skills needed to practice safely.
- Use therapeutic communication skills such as attending and active listening during therapeutic interactions; and motivating and facilitating client behaviors in order to maximize client performance.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally; elicit and describe factual information and perceive information derived from verbal and nonverbal communication and social cues.
- Be appropriately assertive as required to speak in class, initiate and guide the therapy process, establish limits as needed for the safety of self and clients and establish professional identity within complex systems.
- Utilize the computer for communication and class assignments.
- Exhibit professional demeanor including appropriate language and dress, and acceptance of responsibility for conduct.
- Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and ability to prioritize activities effectively as needed to attend class and fulfill class requirements.
- Exhibit flexibility and adapt to changing environments and expectations.
- Cope with stresses encountered in the intensive educational process as well as clinical practice environments.
- Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, punctual attendance and work site maintenance.
- Tolerate working in environments where there is exposure to disability, illness, pain and death.
- Observe persons and scenarios and elicit relevant information for use in assessment and intervention.
- Plan, guide and implement both individual and group interventions.
- Maintain ethical standards including honesty, integrity and confidentiality at all times.
- Produce the required volume of work in the expected time frame.
Student must possess sufficient PHYSICAL AND SENSORY (SENSORIMOTOR) skills to:
- Tolerate sitting for up to 2 hours at a time, over an 8-10 hour period.
- Tolerate periods of physical activity for up to 8-10 hours per day.
- Demonstrate coordination, equilibrium and sensory functioning required to manipulate parts of, or whole bodies of, simulated and real clients for purposes of evaluation and treatment.
- Demonstrate mobility and ability to move within environments adequately to access and maneuver within locations and destinations including classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.
- Demonstrate sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, eye/hand coordination, strength and integrated function of the senses of vision, hearing, tactile sense, vestibular (movement sense) and proprioception (sense of muscles and joints) to manipulate and use common occupational therapy equipment, devices, materials and supplies, and demonstrate competency in the use of these objects within assessment and treatment procedures commonly used in occupational therapy practice.
- Demonstrate motor skill capacities with sufficient levels of strength, endurance and fine and gross motor coordination to safely, accurately and effectively engage in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, activities and occupations used in the occupational therapy assessment and intervention process including the ability to lift and move objects, adequate manual dexterity, arm and hand function needed to use tools and perform other manipulative activities, use of limbs and trunk in bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding, extending and rotating.
- Tolerate physical contact with others; tolerate manipulation of his/her own body by peers or instructors for instructional purposes.
- Demonstrate sufficiently high degree of coordination of motor skills and vigilance to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately, including performance of CPR.
- Travel to fieldwork site.
Fieldwork and Residency/Experiential Placement:
Fieldwork placements are not available in all states, and state availability for fieldwork placement and residency is subject to change.
Create an account by visiting our applicant portal. Follow the directions to complete the application:
For application related questions, please visit TJAPP Instructions and FAQ's.”
Complete our online application as mentioned above in the application requirements.
The term "designation" in the application refers to the major you are applying to. Please select “Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate” as the designation for the term you are interested in applying. You can only select one program designation per application term. If you select multiple designations, your application will not be processed and you will be charged additional fees for selecting multiple designations.
Submit the $50 application fee to TJAPP.
Send your official transcripts to:
TJAPP Transcript Verification Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471
If your coursework was completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the following foreign evaluation agencies:
- World Education Services, Inc.: www.wes.org
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.: www.jsilny.com
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.: www.ece.org
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO): https://www.aacrao.org/
- International Consultants of Delaware: http://www.icdeval.com
CV/Resume is required to be submitted with your application.
Provide a current copy of your state occupational therapy license or your NBCOT certification.
Official, original GRE or MAT scores are required only if the cumulative GPA from your Bachelor’s or Master's in Occupational Therapy is less than 3.0.
GRE code = 5750
MAT code = 9910
Scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions at:
Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Professional Summary Statement
Please submit a professional summary statement (no more than 1000 words) outlining professional goals and objectives, your areas of interest in pursuing your degree and your potential as a leader and change agent in the field of occupational therapy.
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters can be written by a: professor, academic administrator, professional or volunteer supervisor or manager. Letters from family, friends or co-workers will not be accepted.
Applicants will need to provide the name, title, and email address of the people writing the recommendations via the online application. You will receive an email from TJAPP with a recommendation form directly to the references.
References must return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student.
If you possess previously written letters of recommendation from a reference, contact your admissions counselor directly.
English Language Proficiency
All international applicants and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Thomas Jefferson University. Applicants must submit official TOEFL scores or fulfill one or more of the conditions necessary to waive the English language proficiency requirement. TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.
Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances
Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.
Advanced Practice Education Grants
Applicants interested in applying for an Advanced Practice Education grant will need to complete the required documentation for this program upon admission.
Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (1-877-533-3247)
Leslie Hindman, MEd
Senior Associate Director, Admissions
130 South Ninth Street
Edison Building, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107