Occupational Therapy

Earn a doctorate in occupational therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession whose distinct value is “to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations, the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life” (AOTA, 2015). Occupational therapy practitioners work with people across their lifespan to promote, restore, and maintain physical, mental, developmental, and behavioral health and to adapt to the effects of disease, illness, or disability.

Over the course of 36 months, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program will cover the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with well-known professors and practitioners in healthcare communities worldwide. The program consists of both academic coursework and fieldwork experiences that will equip you with the skills to make a difference in people’s lives and in the occupational therapy profession.

#19ranking in the 100 Best Jobs of 2021

17%projected growth in the field from 2020-2030

$86,280median annual wage for occupational therapists

Your success starts here

Get in the action

You will begin your clinical experience during the fall semester of your first year — which means you’ll be getting hands-on practice nearly right at the start of your education. This experience is designed to strengthen the ties between your courses and prepare you for the fieldwork you will pursue throughout the three-year program.

Work alongside faculty

Your education will be led by faculty members with impressive experience in the OT field. Studying under them, you’ll gain both knowledge and exposure to research and fieldwork opportunities that will help further your future OT career. One example is the Skills on Wheels program that the IU Department of Occupational Therapy launched in collaboration with Riley Hospital for Children.

Serve real people

As an occupational therapist, you’ll make a career out of helping others live more fully. Early on in your education, you’ll be getting involved in the community through clinical experience, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take your learning to the next level by getting involved in clubs like the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

Bringing you the best

Whether it's real-world exposure, helpful and expert faculty, or hands-on coursework, our program is providing the best chance of success for aspiring occupational therapists. Our program and its curriculum are designed to support you and help you reach the best outcomes from graduating to passing the national certification examination for OT.


The Indiana University Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
301-652-2682 (AOTA)  

I have gotten service-learning opportunities with people of all ages, diagnoses, socioeconomic status, education, background, religion, etc. in a supportive environment for learning.

Jessica Daniels, Class of 2018