Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program will be delivered in 36 months (nine semesters), beginning in May each year. The educational program consists of both academic coursework, supervised fieldwork experiences and a doctoral experiential. The curriculum for students entering the program is outlined below. Total Credits: Minimum of 102.

First Year Plan of Study

  • Semester I (Summers I & II)

    • D528 Gross Anatomy for the Health Professional 5cr.
    • T570 Introduction to Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 3cr
  • Semester 2 (Fall)

    • T675 Translational Neuroscience 5cr.
    • T671 Applied Biomechanics in OT 3cr.        
    • T545 OT Practice: Health & Wellness 3cr.
    • T590 Fieldwork Level I A.1 cr.
    • T600 Documentation in OT 1cr  Online  
    • T660 Professional Reasoning and Measurement in OT Part I  1cr. Online
  • Semester 3 (Spring)

    • T645 OT Practice: Productive Aging 4cr
    • T544 OT Practice: Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation 4cr.
    • T591 Fieldwork Level I B 1cr.
    • T655 Technologies in OT  cr.
    • T650 Orthotics & OT 2cr.
    • T661 OT & Interprofessional Education & Practice I 1cr.

Second Year Plan of Study

  • Semester 4 (Summers I & II)

    • T567 Applied Translational Research in OT 3cr.
    • T642 OT Practice: Work & Industry 4cr.        
    • T558 Management and Supervision in OT 3cr.
  • Semester 5 (Fall)

    • T543 OT Practice: Mental Health 4cr.
    • T643 OT Practice: Children & Youth 4cr. 
    • T690 Fieldwork Level I C 1cr.
    •  T767 Evidence-Based Practice in OT 3cr. 
    •  T780 OT Pre-Doc Residency Needs Assessment 3cr.
  • Semester 6 (Spring)

    • T795 Fieldwork Level II A 6cr.
    •  T658 Ethics & Trends in OT 2cr
    •  T760 Professional Reasoning in OT Part II 1cr.  Online

Third Year Plan of Study

  • Semester 7 (Summers I & II)

    • T796 Fieldwork Level II B (May-July) 6cr.
    • T870 Advanced OT and Occupational science    3cr. Online
  • Semester 8 (Fall)

    • T781 OT Pre-Doc Residency (Plan Development) 3cr.
    • T761 OT & Interprofessional Education & Practice II 1cr. 
    • T580 OT Elective 3cr.
    • T800 Functional Cognition & Rehabilitation in OT 3cr.
    • T860 Leadership & Advocacy in OT     2cr.
  • Semester 9 (Spring)

    • T880 OT Pre-Doctoral Residency (Doctoral Experiential + Capstone) 8 cr. (14weeks) + 2 weeks on campus
    • T830 OT Professional Seminar 1cr. NBCOT preparation. 

Program Outcomes

  • The Graduates of the IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level will be able to:

    • Demonstrate entry-level occupational therapy clinical skills, and knowledge;
    • Demonstrate the ability to  develop or enhance an existing service of Occupational Therapy practice
    • Demonstrate professional behaviors appraising one’s own strengths and areas of improvement
    • Describe the roles for clients, peers, Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant students and others in various practice settings
    • Identify how occupational therapists prepared at the doctoral level can influence policy, education, practice and research
    • Articulate the methods and strategies for advancing the profession of occupational therapy
    • Contribute a scholarly project;  such as professional writing and/ or presentations
    • Apply principles of ethical conduct to individuals, organizations and society,
    • Demonstrate dispute resolution strategies and describe due process

Students entering the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Degree Program will attend nine academic semesters. Occupational Therapy academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that is organized around six areas of practice as identified by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA):

  1. Mental Health
  2. Productive Aging
  3. Children and Youth
  4. Rehabilitation Disability and Participation
  5. Work and Industry
  6. Health and Wellness.

Students will study the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with professors and practitioners known in healthcare communities worldwide. The focus is research, education, and practice.

Beginning in the first semester and throughout the three-year curriculum, students will acquire an exceptional range of clinical experience through Level I Fieldwork and Level II Fieldwork placements chosen from IU’s large network of local and national sites. Students will also complete a 16–week doctoral experiential component, which Indiana University is calling a pre-doctoral residency. Throughout the program, students will be mentored and provided personal attention from experienced, nationally, and internationally recognized Occupational Therapy faculty. Some Occupational Therapy classes will be small seminar style (6) and labs of (12); and the largest Occupational Therapy class only will have 36 students, when content is delivered in lecture format.

Upon successful completion of the program and pending accreditation, students will be eligible to take the certification examination offered through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). For the protection of students, profession and the public, those who have had felony convictions may be restricted from sitting for this examination and should contact NBCOT with related questions prior to applying.

NOTE: Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.