Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Accelerated MSOT (3+2) for High School Applicants

High School seniors who are committed to earning a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) have the opportunity to do so in 5 years after graduation from high school, through partnerships with select colleges and universities. During their senior year of high school, students may apply to one of our partner institutions.

If accepted into the Accelerated MSOT (3+2) Program, students will have a guaranteed seat in the MSOT on-campus program offered at Jefferson's Center City, Philadelphia campus upon successful completion of their first three years of academic and professional prerequisites at the partner institution.

Students will earn their bachelor’s degree from the partner institution and their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline varies based on which partner institution you apply to. 

Application Timeline

August - January Apply to Partner School(s)

Qualified applicants are forwarded from the partner schools to Thomas Jefferson University’s OT Admissions Committee

Qualified applicants are emailed a Jefferson supplemental application with a $50 application fee to complete

February Qualified applicants, who complete the supplemental application, are notified if they are invited to interview for a seat in the program
February - March Interviews for selected candidates
April 1 Applicants are notified of final decision
May 1 Deposit deadline for accepted candidates

Application Requirements

During their senior year of high school, students apply to partner institution(s) and meet the requirements as outlined by our partner institutions:

**Penn State Abington’s Program operates differently from our other partnership programs. Students apply to the MSOT in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University the beginning of their junior year at Abington. Students are guaranteed an interview for the MSOT program if they meet the following minimum criteria: 3.3 Penn State GPA with no prerequisite course grade lower than a “C” and a letter of recommendation from their Penn State faculty adviser. Students must successfully complete the interview to be offered a seat in the program. 

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Thomas Jefferson University at the following address:

130 South 9th St.
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Requirements for Accepted Accelerated MSOT (3+2) Students

Students accepted into the Accelerated MSOT (3+2) Program must complete their prerequisites during the first three years enrolled at the partner institution, prior to the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. Prerequisite coursework will be taken at the partner institution you attend. 


When the student enters Thomas Jefferson University he/she must have completed three years of coursework at the partner institution. A 3.3 Cumulative GPA and 3.0 Science Prerequisite GPA is required for the program.  


29 semester credits from specific course areas. All science prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I and II with Lab) must be taken in an on-campus format and completed with an earned letter grade of a "B" or better. All non-science prerequisite coursework must be completed with an earned letter grade of a "C" or better.

Prerequisite coursework must be taken at the partner institution.

Anatomy & Physiology I *
Anatomy & Physiology II *
Statistics 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Developmental or Lifespan Psychology 3
Cultural Anthropology** 3
Sociology 3
English/Writing 3
English/Writing 3

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology required. Labs must be included.

** If a student’s institution does not offer Cultural Anthropology, a course that covers multiple cultures and/or ethnicities from a broad perspective based in anthropology or the social sciences will be accepted. We encourage students to contact the Admissions Office to confirm that their course will meet the prerequisite requirement. 

OT Observation Hours

Thomas Jefferson University’s OT Department requires students to observe OTs in at least two settings, for a minimum of 50 total hours during their three years at the partner institution. 

Advising Appointments

Students accepted into the Accelerated MSOT (3+2) Program are required to attend mandatory advising appointments each summer prior to their start at Thomas Jefferson University. These advising appointments with Thomas Jefferson University’s Office of Admissions ensure the student is on track to successfully transfer into Jefferson at the completion of their three years at the partner institution. 

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

Technical Standards for the Department of Occupational Therapy are as follows.

Student must possess sufficient COGNITIVE skills to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply mathematical and basic statistical skills.
  5. 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.
  6. Participate equitably in cooperative group learning activities; actively par­ticipate in class discussions and as a member of a team.
  7. Orally present information to groups of people.
  8. Maintain attention for 2-4 hours; tolerate days when classes may last 8-10 hours.
  9. Take and pass tests/quizzes in a variety of formats.
  10. Complete written assignments and produce written documentation in stan­dard and organized English.
  11. Apply knowledge and judgment required to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behavior.
  12. Apply safety knowledge and judgment to a variety of situations.
  13. Comply with fieldwork site rules and regulations.
  14. 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.
  15. Apply clinical reasoning and judgment necessary for interpretation of eval­uation data and development of treatment plans.
  16. Identify and select occupations that are goal directed and motivate and challenge clients.
  17. Demonstrate judgment necessary to establish priorities and develop and use strategies.


  1. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, coop­eration, flexibility, tact, sympathy and confidence.
  2. Demonstrate respect for diversity, including but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, spiritual and lifestyle choices.
  3. Collaborate with classmates, clients, family members, significant others and team members.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Use communication skills needed to practice safely.
  8. 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.
  9. Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally; elicit and describe factual information and perceive information derived from verbal and non­verbal communication and social cues.
  10. 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.
  11. Utilize the computer for communication and class assignments.
  12. Exhibit professional demeanor including appropriate language and dress, and acceptance of responsibility for conduct.
  13. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills and ability to pri­oritize activities effectively as needed to attend class and fulfill class require­ments.
  14. Exhibit flexibility and adapt to changing environments and expectations.
  15. Cope with stresses encountered in the intensive educational process as well as clinical practice environments.
  16. Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, punctual attendance and work site maintenance.
  17. Tolerate working in environments where there is exposure to disability, ill­ness, pain and death.
  18. Observe persons and scenarios and elicit relevant information for use in assessment and intervention.
  19. Plan, guide and implement both individual and group interventions.
  20. Maintain ethical standards including honesty, integrity and confidentiality at all times.
  21. Produce the required volume of work in the expected time frame.

Student must possess sufficient PHYSICAL AND SENSORY (SENSORIMOTOR) skills to:

  1. Tolerate sitting for up to two hours at a time, over an 8-10 hour period. 
  2. Tolerate periods of physical activity for up to 8-10 hours per day. 
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate mobility and ability to move within environments adequately to access and maneuver within locations and destinations including class­room, laboratory and clinical settings.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Tolerate physical contact with others; tolerate manipulation of his/her own body by peers or instructors for instructional purposes.
  8. Demonstrate sufficiently high degree of coordination of motor skills and vig­ilance to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately, includ­ing performance of CPR.
  9. 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.

Admissions Contacts

General Questions

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (1-877-533-3247)

Program-Specific Questions

Leslie Hindman, MEd
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
130 South Ninth Street
Edison Building, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-503-9848
Fax: 215-503-7241