Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Help individuals win back their independence

Occupational therapists are vital in a patient’s journey to regain the skills they need to live their lives. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program consists of both academic coursework and fieldwork experiences that will equip you with the skills to make a difference in the occupational therapy profession.

As a student of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, you will study the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with well-known professors and practitioners in healthcare communities worldwide.

New for the 2019 Doctor of Occupational Therapy Admissions Cycle: Early Action

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy at IU has big news!  The IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is offering early action for the 2019 Application Cycle.   Applications who are in Verified status by Tuesday, September 10th will be eligible to be considered for an early action offer of admission.

What does this mean for you?

If your OTCAS application is in Verified status by Tuesday, September 10th, it will be reviewed and you may be invited to interview early, on Friday, October 18th, on the IUPUI campus. 

Applicants who participate in this interview can receive an early action offer of admissions to the OTD program at IU. 

What is early action?

  • Early action allows you to apply and receive an admission offer before those who apply and are in “Complete” status by the October 1st
  • The admissions criteria are the same, no matter when you apply, and the IU OTD program will make their admission decision based on the same factors.
  • Upon your offer of admissions and payment of a $500 deposit, you are guaranteed a spot in the OTD Class of 2023, with classes beginning in May 18, 2020.

60years of experience educating occupational therapists

1:10faculty to student ratio

25thBest Occupational Therapy Schools according to US News & World Report

Cost and finances





Tuition Total based on 102 credit hours


$544.25 per

credit hour


$966.60 per

credit hour


General, Tech,  Rehab & Repair Fees

Breakdown per semester

Summer Session I (8)




Fall Semester (17)




Spring Semester (15)




Summer Session (8)




Fall Semester (15)




Spring Semester (10)




Summer Session I (9)




Fall Semester (13)




Summer Session I (7)










Additional IUPUI Fees 2018-2019



Interprofessional Education Fee (one-time fee)



IUPUI Graduate Application Fee



IUPUI Campus Parking (optional)

Student Surface Annual Permit



International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)





Other Costs



Textbooks per semester (required texts)

Estimated $1000


Transportation to and from the Clinical Practice Sites- varies depending on living site and cost of gasoline, etc.

Estimated $3000


JagTag Student ID (Mandatory)

FREE (Replacement card, $25)


Malpractice Insurance

Provided by Indiana University



As a student in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, you are eligible for several department scholarships.  Applications for these scholarships take place in the fall semester of the academic year using the AcademicWorks portal.

This fellowship is used to support graduate fellowships

This fellowship will be awarded to a first-year student enrolled in Occupational Therapy.

This award will be given to a  graduating Occupational Therapy student who formulates a well-written paper of distinction conceptualizing a solid understanding of current occupational therapy theory and practice.

Fellowship is given annually to students demonstrating perseverance in spite of hardships. 

This fellowship is used to support graduate fellowships.

This award is used to support a fellowship for an incoming graduate student who is enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program.  This is award is given to the top two Indiana applicants based upon admissions scores; there is no application.

Occupational Therapy OTD entry or post-professional level. 

Occupational Therapy OTD entry or post-professional level.

This award will be granted to an independent thesis or non-thesis research group students with the highest score attained at the annual Occupational Therapy Research Day.  This award is chosen by the Occupational Therapy Department; there is no application.


The occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.