Student experiences

Get involved

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers several opportunities for you to explore your occupational therapy interest outside of the classroom and enhance your experience as a student of the OTD program.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

The IU Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-led organization promoting, educating, and advocating for occupational therapy at IUPUI and throughout the Indianapolis community. In addition to advocating for the OT profession, SOTA members participate in civic engagement and service-learning opportunities. Activities SOTA hosted in 2019 included lunch & learns with current OT practitioners, fielding two IUPUI Regatta teams (our women’s division won 2nd place!), volunteering for activities such as the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and GoBabyGo with the physical therapy students.

 

IU Student Outreach Clinic

IU SOC is a student-run free clinic providing cost-free health and legal services to under-served and under-insured residents in the Indianapolis area in hopes to close the health care gap. In addition to learning valuable community practice skills, IU Occupational Therapy students who volunteer at IUSOC collaborate with health professional students from medicine, nursing, social work, and other disciplines to improve their interprofessional practice skills in preparation for their clinical rotations in Fieldwork I and Fieldwork II.

 

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is the National Honor Society of Occupational Therapy. Under the supervision of advisor Sally Wasmuth, Ph.D., OTR, thirteen new members from the Class of 2023 were inducted in September. PTE hosts fundraising sessions with Wasmuth to raise money towards student engagement in conferences, scholarship opportunities, and research grants. Future fundraising and academic events for PTE include a gala and cohort mixers.