Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Application changes due to Covid-19

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the OT Admissions Committee is making the following changes to application requirements for the 2020-2021 application cycle:

  1. Acceptance of online labs for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020. These will be accepted for any application year.
  2. Acceptance of a Satisfactory grade for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020.  The preference would be for all applicants to earn a letter grade.  If an applicant’s school has transitioned to a Satisfactory/Fail or Pass/Fail grading option, grades would be accepted as follows:  For students in the Indiana University system, a Satisfactory grade would be accepted although a Passing grade would not be accepted.  For applicants from universities other than Indiana University, either Satisfactory or Passing grades will be accepted, though Satisfactory is preferred if both S and P grades are an option.
  3. No OT shadowing hours are required for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
International Students
Minimum scores are as follow:
  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation for all foreign coursework.  Approved evaluations services include:

  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    Phone: 310-258-9451
  • Josef Silny & Associates
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: 305-273-1616
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    PO Box 745
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    World Education Services
In addition to the program requirements, International applicants must meet additional requirements as determined by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.


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 June 30 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.

Are you ready to apply?

All items are due by the September 15th deadline.

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

The program name in the Indiana University Graduate CAS application is "Occupational Therapy OTD." Using the filters at the top, select IUPUI as the campus, 2021 as the start year, and Indiana University University School of Health and Human Sciences for school. 

  1. Complete the OTCAS Application. Your OTCAS application must be in “Verified” status by the September 15th application deadline.
    • Initial Program Designation: $145

    • Each Additional Program: $60

  2. You will need to submit observation forms detailing your 40 observation hours in at least three different settings. Upload observation forms to OTCAS and submit by the application deadline.
  3. Prerequisite Course Completion Form: Download, enter information, save the document, then submit as a document upload in OTCAS.
  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.