Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Help people improve health-related quality of life

Occupational therapy is a health profession whose distinct value is “to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations, the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life” (AOTA, 2015). Occupational therapy practitioners work with people across the lifespan to promote, restore, and maintain physical, mental, developmental, and behavioral health and to adapt to the effects of disease, illness, or disability.

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 people’s lives and 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

1:14faculty to student ratio in labs

100%All-time pass rate on the OT Board Exam

Cost and finances





Tuition Total based on 106 credit hours


$560.00 per

credit hour


$995.00 per

credit hour


General, Tech,  Rehab & Repair Fees

Breakdown per semester

Summer (8)

 $    4,480.00

 $      7,960.00

 $     377.19

Fall (15)

 $    8,400.00

 $    14,925.00

 $     560.68

Spring (17)

 $    9,520.00

 $    16,915.00

 $     547.05

Summer (6)

 $    3,360.00

 $      5,970.00

 $     312.27

Fall (16)

 $    8,960.00

 $    15,920.00

 $     547.05

Spring (16)

 $    8,960.00

 $    15,920.00

 $     547.05

Summer (6)

 $    3,360.00

 $      5,970.00

 $     312.27

Fall (15)

 $    8,400.00

 $    14,925.00

 $     547.05

Spring (7)

 $    3,920.00

 $      6,965.00

 $     488.18


$  59,360.00

$  105,470.00

$  4,238.79



Additional IUPUI Fees 2019-2020


Interprofessional Education Fee

(one-time fee)


IUPUI Campus Parking (required)

Student Surface Annual Permit


International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)



Other Costs


Textbooks  (required texts)

Estimated $1000

Transportation to in-state clinical practice sites varies depending on site location and the cost of fuel.

Estimated $750-$1,500

Crimson Card 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.

Dr. Flinn, an alumna of the IU OT program, enjoyed a successful professional and academic career in the field of occupational therapy and was honored as Emeritus Faculty at The Ohio State University. She established this scholarship in 2018 to support scholarships for students pursuing an Occupational Therapy degree who are working on research that contributes to the well-being and occupational performance for individuals living in small rural communities.

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.


The IUPUI Department of Occupational Therapy has confirmation from ACOTE that our accreditation is on-track and unaffected by COVID 19. Our accreditation self-study will be submitted by July 15 and we will have a pre-accreditation decision no later than December. Our on-site accreditation visit is scheduled for March 2021.

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) 652-6611 and its Web address is 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.