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 (SOTA) and the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD).

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).

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Graduation and certification performance

The IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is designed to help you succeed as an occupational therapist (OT). After graduation, you will be ready to take the national certifying exam necessary to become a certified OT and have the competencies and skills to practice in the field.

All graduates of the IU OTD program are eligible and expected to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure. 

The class of 2021 was the first cohort to graduate from the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Indiana University. 

Indiana University Occupational Therapy Student Outcomes

YearStudent Entering/GraduatingGraduation RateNBCOT National Certification Examination Pass Rate

*Per NBCOT, a new graduate is a candidate testing within one year of graduation regardless of the number of attempts.

Learn more about NBCOT Exam Data 

Learn more about steps to licensure at AOTA

Please visit the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) webpage for more information.

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