Admissions Application Instructions
Program: Occupational Therapy – Combined BS/MS
Applying for Combined BS/MS OT Admission
Jefferson School of Health Professions of Thomas Jefferson University has partnered with OTCAS, The Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, to collect and manage applications to the BS/MS OT program.
To apply, please follow the instructions outlined below.
- Visit our page on the OTCAS website, http://www.otcas.org/, for details about our program and application requirements.
- Visit http://www.otcas.org/ to complete an online application for admission through OTCAS.
- Please follow the instructions on the OTCAS site regarding the submission of documents.
- Submit all official transcripts (including international transcripts) to OTCAS
- Submit two recommendation letters to OTCAS
- Complete the essay found on the OTCAS application
- Complete your CV or resume on the OTCAS application in the "Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience and Licenses" Section
- Submit official TOEFL scores (if applicable, see below) to Jefferson
- Submit documentation of volunteer or work experience in OT to OTCAS and fill out the "Occupational Therapy Observation Hours" Section on the OTCAS application
- Follow instructions to complete the supplemental application according to the e-mail Jefferson will send after receiving your OTCAS application.
- After you have completed the OTCAS application, Jefferson will email you a link to the supplemental application along with a login ID to access the application. You will receive a second, separate email with your PIN.
- You must include your OTCAS ID number and the date you completed the OTCAS application on the Jefferson application.
- The $25 supplemental application fee must be paid with a credit card.
Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.
Jefferson will contact academically eligible applicants who are competitive via e-mail to schedule a required interview (provided space is available).
Demonstration of English Language Proficiency
All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson Schools will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:
- Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing -21, Speaking -23, Reading -21 and Listening -22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. TOEFL code = 2903
- Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
- At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
- U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
- Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
- Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.
*Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.
Admissions Deadline Dates
Admission to the BSMSOT program is on a rolling basis.
Visit www.jefferson.edu/health_professions/admissions/deadlines/ for deadline information.
Criminal Background Check/Child Abuse Clearance
All students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.
Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check and/or child abuse clearance may deny a student's participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experience for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.
Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Jefferson, 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.