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Welcome to the Indiana University Department of Occupational Therapy

Dept of Occupational TherapyEstablished 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.

Important Announcement! IU Occupational Therapy now participates in OTCAS

The IU Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program will participate in OTCAS, the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, for the 2015 admission cycle, it was announced today. Applications will be accepted July 18 – October 1, 2014, for admission in June, 2015. New application requirements and processes are available on the IU MS in OT Admissions website: Due to this change, applicants will apply through OTCAS, as well as using the IUPUI Graduate/Professional application for admission consideration. Additional documents, including an application checklist, occupational therapy observation forms, and a prerequisite course completion form are also required.

Questions about the application and admission process? Please contact SHRS Student Enrollment Services, at 317-274-7238 or

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.

Earning Potential

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.

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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

Occupational Therapist careers will be booming as a result of Obamacare

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.

Click here to read the full article, "10 Careers Boosted by Obamacare", featured on

Posted on 16 September 2013 | 12:00 pm

Dr. Patricia Scott (OT) to be on WFYI public radio "Sound Medicne" discussing transplant recovery.

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.

Click here to read the full story >>

Posted on 16 August 2012 | 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.

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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