Doctor of Occupational Therapy FAQ

FAQs

General

We enroll 36–40 new students per year.

Students begin in the summer term. Typically, the first day is the second or third Monday in May.

The OTD program is 36 months. Students begin in May and graduate three years later in May.

No. The IU OTD program is an on-campus program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, temporary adjustments to the curriculum were made so students could continue progressing through the program.

Yes, you may work. However, flexibility in your work schedule is important as your school work must take priority. Some students find that they need to decrease their work schedules, especially during their first semester when they are taking Gross Anatomy.

No. We do not offer individual tours of the occupational therapy facilities. You can, however, schedule a tour of the IUPUI campus at iupui.edu/admissions/visit.

We encourage to you attend an information session hosted prior to the application deadline each cycle.

There are many advantages to choosing IU occupational therapy so we will name just a few. We are within walking distance to four of Indiana’s largest hospitals. We are a community-engaged department and you will have the opportunity to work with many surrounding community partners during your time within the program. We partner with over 400 sites throughout the country for fieldwork and capstone experiences. Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. And, our program admits a smaller cohort of students allowing for more 1:1 time with faculty. Finally, you will have the opportunity to work in our Student Outreach Clinic which provides services to those who do not have insurance and live within the neighborhood.

Admissions

Applications are accepted until September 15. 

No. The OTD admissions committee does not give preference to any applicant type.

Applicants that have completed coursework outside of the United States are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed for all foreign coursework. Below are the evaluation services that have been approved by the OT admissions committee. 

  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF) 
    P.O. Box 3665 
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665 
    Phone: 310-258-9451 
    www.ierf.org 
  • Josef Silny & Associates 
    7101 SW 102 Avenue 
    Miami, FL 33173 
    Phone: 305-273-1616 
    www.jsilny.com/index.htm 
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES) 
    PO Box 745 
    New York, NY 10113-0745 
    Phone: 212-966-6311 
    www.wes.org

The IU OTD admissions committee accepts an undergraduate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the prerequisite courses is also required. The most common undergraduate majors are exercise science, kinesiology, and psychology.

No. The GRE is not required and scores will not be reviewed.

Applicants are not eligible to apply if they do not meet our minimum requirements, which include a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 math/science prerequisite GPA. We do not give special consideration to the last 60 credit hours. All college coursework is factored into the cumulative GPA.

Strive to do your best while in your undergraduate program. Have a clear and concise personal statement and references who would highly recommend you for the program. Spend time trying to observe and understand the field of occupational therapy. The OTD admissions committee requires 40 observation hours with an OT or OTA in at least three different types of OT settings. However, for the 2021–22 application cycle, observation hours are recommended. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no minimum number of shadowing hours required for the 2021–22 cycle.

For the 2021–22 cycle, admission interviews will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

The number of students invited to interview changes each cycle. The interview will include a program overview presentation, a tour of IUPUI, an interview with faculty.

Yes, you can reapply the next cycle. We offer one application cycle per year. It opens in July and the deadline is September 15.

You are welcome to request feedback by contacting .

Prerequisite coursework

Yes. The OTD admissions committee accepts coursework from any regionally accredited institution.

No. Online courses are not accepted for the science prerequisite courses with labs. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and since many schools have moved all learning to online, prerequisite courses completed online in 2020 and 2021 will be accepted.

Yes. Students can retake up to 15 credit hours of prerequisite coursework. The higher grade will be used to compute the prerequisite GPA, but all grades will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

If you would like the OTD admissions committee to review your coursework, please complete a prerequisite course completion form with your coursework and send it to . If our committee is unfamiliar with the coursework from your institution, a syllabus may be requested.

As an applicant, you can only have one outstanding prerequisite at the time you submit your application. A prerequisite course is considered outstanding if it is incomplete and ungraded. The outstanding prerequisite can be completed in either the fall or spring semester. It will need to be completed by the time the program begins in May.

No. Transfer credit is not accepted. As a potential student, you should be aware that all courses in the program curriculum are required. There is not an option for the curriculum to be accelerated.

Financial aid and tuition

There are no graduate assistantships for the IU OTD program. We do have admission-based scholarships that we award. Our scholarships do not require you to apply to be considered.

View list of offered scholarships

For students looking for financial aid, we encourage you to fill out the FAFSA. Most students in our program utilize federal student loans.