Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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.
  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.