Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Admission requirements

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.


Comparison of Admissions for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Early Action

Regular Admissions

Admission Requirements and How to Apply

All admission requirements and application information can be found HERE.  

All admission requirements and application information can be found HERE

Deadline for Applications

OTCAS Application in Verified status by September 10th.

OTCAS Application in Complete status by October 1st .

IUPUI Online Graduate Application

Due by September 10th

Due by October 1st

Interview day, if invited

October 18th

December 7th

OTCAS definitions

“Verified” means that an OTCAS application has been submitted with fee paid and all required materials including transcripts have been received, coursework has been verified by OTCAS, and GPAs have been calculated and displayed in OTCAS.

"Complete" means that an OTCAS application has been submitted with fee paid and all required materials, including transcripts, have been received by OTCAS.


Please note:
  • Applicants must submit materials to OTCAS several weeks in advance of this date in order to be considered ‘complete’ by the October 1st
  • Applications which are not in ‘complete’ status or which are submitted after the October 1st will not be reviewed.
  • The top 36 applicants will be offered a place in the program


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.

Are you ready to apply?

All items are due by the October 1st deadline.

  1. Apply to IUPUI using the graduate online application and pay the $70 application fee.

For “Intended Program and Plan,” please select the following answers to each question:

  • What type of degree do you intend to pursue?: Doctoral/PhD
  • Academic Program: SHHS-Occupational Therapy
  • Academic Plan: Occupational Therapy OTD
  • Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
  • Term: Summer 2020
  • Recommendations: skip this session
  • Personal Statement: skip this session
  1. Complete the OTCAS Application. Your OTCAS application must be in “Complete” status by the application deadline.
    • Initial Program Designation: $145

    • Each Additional Program: $60

  2. You will need to submit observation forms detailing your 30 observation hours in at least three different settings. Forms should be emailed to or faxed to 317-274-4723.
  3. Prerequisite Course Completion Form: Download, enter information, save the document, then submit as a document upload in OTCAS, or submit it with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
  4. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree you will need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form and submit as a document upload in OTCAS,  or submit it with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.