Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You should have a baccalaureate degree (there is no preference in what the degree is as long as the prerequisite courses are completed) from a regionally accredited institution.
    • If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the Occupational Therapy program must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form. This form will need signatures from an advisor and a school official.
  • GPA requirements are as follows:
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2/4.0 from all coursework. We use the cumulative GPA verified and calculated by Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
    • Prerequisite grade point average of at least 3.2/4.0. In addition, all prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
  • Completed all prerequisites (see below for the list), or have only one outstanding by the application deadline of October 1st.
    • The outstanding prerequisites cannot be Anatomy, Physiology, or Statistics.
    • The outstanding prerequisite course must be completed by the May start date of the program with a grade of ‘C’ or higher while maintaining at least the required 3.2 admissions cumulative GPA.
    • Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding pre-requisite coursework must be received prior to matriculation into the program.
  • You are required to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of observation in at least three (3) different types of occupational therapy settings with a licensed occupational therapist or a licensed occupational therapy assistant.
    • Types of occupational therapy settings can include: skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center, hospital, school, and mental health facility.
    • Observation forms must be submitted by the October 1st application deadline.  Upload observation form to the IUPUI application or to OTCAS and submitted by the application deadline.
  • Personal Statement submitted via the OTCAS Application.
  • An OTCAS application in “Complete” status by October 1st. This means all application materials submitted to OTCAS have been received and documented by OTCAS.
    • 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.
  • A completed IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application by the Application Deadline of October 1st.
  • In person interview to be held the first Saturday of December.


The Doctor of Occupational Therapy requires a series of prerequisite classes to prepare you for the program’s coursework. OTCAS will use these courses to calculate a separate specific grade point average used in the admission decision. All courses, except for Medical Terminology, must be at least three credit hours.

As a part of your application, you must fill out a Course Completion Form.

  • Introductory Psychology – The course MUST be an introduction to the discipline.
  • Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology – The course MUST be an introduction to the discipline.
  • Abnormal Psychology
  •  Human Lifespan Development Psychology – The course MUST cover development from birth to death.
  • *Human Anatomy with lab. This class must be designed for science majors.
  • *Human Physiology - lab preferred. This class must be designed for science majors.
  • *Statistics — This course must include inferential statistics.
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit minimum)

*Courses must be completed not more than seven (7) years prior to application deadline.

Please note:

  • Online courses are acceptable EXCEPT for science courses with labs.
  • Dual credit courses are acceptable if recorded on a college transcript with a grade.
  • Courses taken for AP credit will be accepted for prerequisite courses if a score of three or higher is earned. The course must appear on official university transcripts.
  • CLEP tests are not accepted.
  • Students may retake up to fifteen (15) credit hours of prerequisites. The higher grade will be used to compute prerequisite GPA, but all grades will be used to calculate cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants who previous matriculated in any occupational therapy program in the United States are not eligible for admission into the IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

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 $60 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 2019
  • 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 40 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 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 with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.