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.
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 Health Professions (5) T570 Introduction to Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy (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 Fieldwork Level I A (1)
T643 OT Practice: Children & Youth (4) T544 OT Practice: Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation (4) T559 Measurement & Assessment in OT (3) T591 Fieldwork Level I B (1) T567 Applied 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) T545 OT in Health Promotion & Chronic Conditions (3) T663 Community-Based and Population Focused Practice in OT (3) T651 Doctoral Capstone Seminar I: Project development (1) T748 Trauma Informed Practice in OT (1) T690 Fieldwork Level I C (1)
T543 OT Practice: Mental Health (4) T645: OT Practice: 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)
T796 Fieldwork Level II B (6)
T781 Doctoral Capstone Seminar III: Plan Development (2) T762 OT as Health & Academic Educator (2) T558 Management & Supervision in OT (2) T860 Leadership, Advocacy & Ethics in OT (3) T882 Advanced Elective in OT (3) T881 Advanced Elective in OT (3)
International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)
Textbooks (required texts)
Transportation to in-state clinical practice sites varies depending on site location and the cost of fuel.
Crimson Card Student ID (Mandatory)
FREE (Replacement card, $25)
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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.
NBCOT Pass Rates
The total number of graduates from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Indiana University during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 108 with an overall graduation rate of 100%.
Indiana University Department of Occupational Therapy Outcome Data
NBCOT National Certification Examination Pass Rate
100%* (one 2019 graduate has yet to take their exam)
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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 . 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.