Physical and Occupational Therapy

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Muhlenberg College/Thomas Jefferson University-Jefferson College of Health Professions 3-3 PT Program and 3-2 1/2 OT Program

3-3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Overview

A cooperative agreement between Muhlenberg College and Jefferson College of Health Professions of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the 3-3 program allows students to earn both the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in six years after graduation from high school. Accepted students will spend the first three years at Muhlenberg College and then proceed to Jefferson College of Health Professions for the final three years of graduate Physical Therapy coursework. The B.S. degree in Biology or Natural Science--or the B.A. degree in Dance, Psychology or Sociology--from Muhlenberg College will be awarded after successful completion of the first year at Jefferson College of Health Professions. The Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University will be awarded after successful completion of the third year at Jefferson College of Health Professions.

3-2 Master's in Occupational Therapy

Overview

A cooperative agreement between Muhlenberg College and Jefferson College of Health Professions of Thomas Jefferson University, the 3-2 Program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy degree in five years after graduation from high school. Students will spend the first three years at Muhlenberg College and then proceed to Jefferson College of Health Professions for the final two years of graduate Occupational Therapy coursework. The B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College will be awarded after successful completion of the first year at Jefferson College of Health Professions. The Master’s in Occupational Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University will be awarded after successful completion of the second year at Jefferson College of Health Professions.

Academic Requirements 
Mandatory for both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

  • Mandatory combined Critical Reading/Math SAT of not less than 1280, with no subset less than 580; ACT composite of 29 or higher
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher

Successful candidates typically:

  • Score 1300 or greater on the combined CR/Math SAT
  • Rank in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Have taken a strong schedule of AP and Honor classes during their high school career
  • Have hands-on experience specifically in PT or OT (internship, jobs, scientific research, shadowing doctors, etc.)

Deadlines

  • Personal interview with Muhlenberg College Admissions before January 1st
  • Completed admissions application and required supplement (including Letter Of Intent) to Muhlenberg College Office of Admission before January 1 of senior year

Typical Notification Schedule

  • Finalists selected by Muhlenberg/Jefferson Committee: February
  • Muhlenberg and Jefferson invite selected student finalists to Muhlenberg Campus for interview: Late February/Early March
  • Students notified of acceptance into program: Late March

Questions?

Curriculum/academics related, please contact:

Cailin Cordon Pachter, P'16
Director, Pre-Professional Advising
cpachter@muhlenberg.edu or 484-664-3427

Admissions related, please contact:
Sonya Conrad, Senior Assistant Director of Admission
sconrad@muhlenberg.edu or 484-664-3203