A.S. in Occupational Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How long is the A.S. in Occupational Therapy program? 

A. The program takes 23 months, and is 69 credits total over ten terms.


Q. When are applications due?

A. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis – apply early. New students can begin in the spring semester (February) or fall semester (September) only, and availability fills up to a year in advance of each starting class.


Q. What degree will I earn? 

A. You will earn an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy. You will be qualified for a position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.


Q. Will I be licensed? 

You will be full prepared and eligible to sit for the NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) examination to become initially certified. In order to practice, each state licensing application requires the successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination.


Q. Where are classes held? 

A. Classes are held at the Thomas Jefferson University Bucks County Campus, and are occasionally scheduled at area occupational therapy service facilities.


Q. How will I find clinical placements? 

The program arranges clinical placements on your behalf.


Q. Where will my placements be? 

A. You can be placed in a variety of area facilities – we try to give you an array of different placements to best prepare you for success upon graduation. Most placement facilities are with two hours of the Philadelphia area.


Q. What is “active” classroom learning? 

A. The classroom portion of the program includes discussion, role playing and hands-on experiences guided by faculty and mentors in the field so you can practice skills, ask questions and learn.


Q. How much does the program cost? 

A. All tuition information is available on the Student Accounts website. For financial aid opportunities and information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.