Welcome to the Indiana University Department of Occupational Therapy
Established in 1958, the IU Occupational Therapy Program is the oldest continually accredited professional occupational therapy program in Indiana. We are located in Coleman Hall on the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis.
2014 Admission Update
Effective for the Class of 2016, which enrolls June 2014, the IU MS in OT application deadline is
What is Occupational Therapy?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
History of Occupational Therapy
CLICK HERE to read Occupational Therapy History in Indiana – 1926-2013 – An Ongoing Project, by Dr. Patricia Laurencelle, Founding Director of the IU Occupational Therapy program.
Occupational therapy is a profession dedicated to helping individuals gain the skills needed to participate more fully and independently in their activities of daily living. The average income for an occupational therapist is $72,320.
News & Announcements
IU Department of Occupational Therapy - Alumni Newsletter Fall 2013
CLICK HERE to download and view the Fall 2013 OT Alumni Newsletter
Posted on 14 Nov 2013 | 01:30 pm
IU Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Application Requirement Update for 2014 Entry
Effective immediately, the IU Occupational Therapy program will accept prerequisite statistics courses at the 200 level or higher, in response to student needs. The course must include inferential statistics and be earned with a C or higher, as with all other program prerequisites. This policy is effective for the Class of 2016 only, which enrolls in June 2014. The policy will be revisited upon the completion of the 2014 application cycle. Potential applicants with questions are urged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-274-7238. Previously, the OT program required a 300 or higher level statistics course that includes inferential statistics.
Posted on 4 Oct 2013 | 10:00 am
Insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to people with disabilities in 2014, so more of them will likely have health insurance. Occupational therapists, which help optimize disabled people’s homes and workplaces to meet their mobility needs, were already in high demand: The unemployment rate in the field is just 1%, according to Osborne, at Staffing Industry Analysts.
When more people have insurance, there will only be a need for more of them: occupational therapy assistants are No. 12 on the BLS’s list of fastest-growing professions, which forecast 43% growth in jobs by 2020. “It’s going to be more frantic, the fight over finding these people,” Osborne says.
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Posted on 16 September 2013 | 12:00 pm
Dr. Patricia Scott (OT) to be on WFYI public radio "Sound Medicne" discussing acetaminophen overdoses, transplant recovery, and obesity-related health issues
Award-winning “Sound Medicine,” announces its program for Aug. 19 with a special focus on health issues related to obesity, and a warning about acetaminophen overdoses. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.
“Sound Medicine,” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted on 16 August 2012 | 9:00 am
CBS News, June 6, 2011 — Practicing yoga after a stroke may help rebuild balance and prevent potentially disabling falls among the elderly, a study shows. It also was interesting to see how much the men liked practicing yoga, says researcher Arlene A. Schmid, assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI.
Posted on 6 June 2011 | 9:00 am
IU Occupational Therapy's Graduate Program is Ranked Among the Top Occupational Therapy Programs in the Nation.
The Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy graduate program is ranked among the top occupational therapy (OT) programs in the nation, according to the latest rankings by U. S. News & World Report.
The program was ranked 21st out of 156 OT programs in the country according to the U. S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 13, 2012.
The program has been graduating professional occupational therapists for 55 years. The program has seen its ranking rise from 39th in 2007 to 21st in the graduate program rankings.
"The program's high ranking in such a competitive field of OT programs, is an outcome of the hard work everyone associated with the program including students, staff and faculty has contributed." Dr. Thomas Fisher, Professor and Chair noted.
"The IU OT program is an example of how a program with an emphasis on student centeredness, evidence-based practice and theoretical understanding of occupational therapy philosophy and principles can succeed." Having an excellent accreditation visit in the fall and now to have our peers rank us in the top tier of OT programs is truly an accomplishment. Leading such a department is a privilege." Dr. Fisher shared with the department.
Link to article: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com
Posted on 15 July March | 9:00 am
IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences - Department of Occupational Therapy
Coleman Hall 311
1140 W. Michigan Street/Indianapolis, IN 46202