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
What you’ll experience
Your academic journey will encompass hands-on working experiences that will lead you to a successful career as an occupational therapy student.
As a Doctor of Occupational Therapy student, your curriculum will include nine academic semesters. The academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that is organized around six areas of practice as identified by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA):
Children and Youth
Rehabilitation Disability and Participation
Work and Industry
Health and Wellness
You will begin your clinical experience during your first semester and continue to complete your fieldwork throughout your three-year program.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum
D528 Gross Anatomy for the Health Professional (5) T570 Introduction to Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science (3)
T557 Group Process and Professional Communication in OT (2) T541 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Practice (3) T561 Theory and Reasoning in OT (3) T767 Evidence-Based Decision Making in OT (3) T671 Biomechanics of Human Occupation (3) T590 SOC Fieldwork Level I A (1)
T643 Occupational Therapy Process & Interventions for Children & Youth (4) T544 Rehab, Disability & Participation (4) T559 Measurement & Assessment in OT (2) T591 Fieldwork Level I B (1) T567 Translational Research in OT (3) T549 Case-based seminar I (2)
T795 Fieldwork Level II A (6)
T675 Translational Neuroscience (5) T650 Orthotics & Physical Agent Modalities in OT (2) T558 Management & Supervision in OT (3) T663 Community-Based and Population-Focused Practice in OT (3) T651 Doctoral Capstone Seminar I: Site development (1) T748 Trauma-Informed Practice in OT (1)
T543 Occupational Therapy and Mental Health (4) T645: Productive Aging & OT Interventions for Older Adults (4) T661 OT in Team-Based Care (1) T780 Doctoral Capstone Seminar II: Needs Assessment (2) T649 Case-based seminar II (2) T655 Technology in OT (3) T690 Fieldwork Level I C (1)
T796 Fieldwork Level II B (6)
T781 Doctoral Capstone Seminar III: Plan Development (2) T762 OT as Health & Academic Educator (3) T545 OT in Health Promotion & Chronic Conditions (3) T860 Leadership, Advocacy & Ethics in OT (2) T882 Advanced Elective in OT (3) T881 Advanced Elective in OT (3)
International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)
Textbooks per semester (required texts)
Transportation to and from the Clinical Practice Sites- varies depending on living site and cost of gasoline, etc.
JagTag Student ID (Mandatory)
FREE (Replacement card, $25)
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 awell-writtenpaper 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 whoisenrolled in the Occupational Therapy program. This is award is given to the top two Indiana applicants based upon admissions scores; there is no application.
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.