3+3 Joint BS/OTD in Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is a rewarding, client-focused profession well suited for those who wish to provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings. The combined BS/OTD in Health Sciences & Occupational Therapy is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). While a student at UD, you will study a broad range of sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, nutrition), as well as the social sciences (general psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology, and human development) and will be excellently prepared for the occupational therapy coursework at TJU.
As an occupational therapist, you will rely on your knowledge and skills in these areas to help clients achieve independence in all facets of their lives – at work, at home, and in social and community settings. You will work closely with patients to help them adapt to or compensate for physical and emotional effects of disabilities, improve motor function, communication, and reasoning abilities, learn (or re-learn) the day-to-day skills necessary for independent and productive lives.
Areas of Study
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Human Development
- Schools, hospitals
- Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Community health programs
- Psychiatric facilities
- Private homes
- The combined BS/OTD in Health Sciences & Occupational Therapy at UD is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).
What’s special about this program?
As a student in the 3+3 program, you will be able to earn both the bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in a total of six years. Students are typically enrolled in the same coursework each semester, allowing for close personal connections and the formation of natural study groups. The program boasts close advising to ensure you are on track to enroll at TJU in the fourth year. Students beginning this cooperative program at UD are extremely well prepared to transition to TJU to complete their OT coursework.
Students who pursue the 3+3 BS/OTD program are required to complete a minimum of 50 observation hours under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist. Students may complete these hours while studying at UD or on winter/summer breaks at home. Most OT students become involved in the UD Occupational Therapy Club, many holding leadership positions. They also participate in undergraduate research and/or study abroad programs.