Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level

It is anticipated applications for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Degree Program will be accepted August 15 through October 1, 2017. For information about the Program please go to:

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Degree Program will be delivered in 36 months (nine semesters), beginning in May each year. The educational program consists of both academic course work, 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 5 cr.
    • T570 Introduction to Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 3 cr.
  • Semester 2 (Fall)

    • D701 Translational Neuroscience 5 cr.
    • T671 Applied Biomechanics in OT 3 cr.
    • T545 OT Practice: Health & Wellness 3 cr.
    • T590 Fieldwork Level I A 1 cr.
    • T558 Management and Supervision in OT 3 cr.
    • T660 Professional Reasoning and Measurement in OT Part I 1 cr.
    • T600 Documentation in OT 1 cr.
  • Semester 3 (Spring)

    • T543 OT Practice: Mental Health 4 cr.
    • T544 OT Practice: Rehabilitation, Disability & Participation 4 cr.
    • T591 Fieldwork Level I B 1 cr.
    • T567 Applied Translational Research in OT 3 cr.
    • T650 Orthotics & OT 2 cr.
    • T661 OT & Interprofessional Education and Practice I 1 cr.

Second Year Plan of Study

  • Semester 4 (Summers I & II)

    • T642 OT Practice: Work & Industry 4 cr.
    • T655 Technologies in OT 4 cr.
  • Semester 5 (Fall)

    • T643 OT Practice: Children & Youth 4 cr.
    • T767 Evidence Based Practice in OT 3 cr.
    • T645 OT Practice: Productive Aging 4 cr.
    • T690 Fieldwork Level I C 1 cr.
    • T630 OT Culminating Project I: Proposal 2 cr.
    • T780 OT Pre-Doctoral Residency: Needs Assessment 1 cr.
  • Semester 6 (Spring)

    • T795 Fieldwork Level II A 6 cr.
    • T631 OT Culminating Project II: Implementation 2 cr.
    • T658 Ethics & Trends in OT 2 cr.

Third Year Plan of Study

  • Semester 7 (Summers I & II)

    • T796 Fieldwork Level II B 6 cr.
    • T870 Advanced OT and Occupational Science 3 cr.
  • Semester 8 (Fall)

    • T781 OT Pre-Doctoral Residency: Plan Development 1 cr.
    • T760 Professional Reasoning in OT Part II 1 cr.
    • T730 OT Culminating Project III: Completion 2 cr.
    • T761 OT & Interprofessional Education and Practice II 1 cr.
    • T580 OT Elective 3 cr.
    • T800 Functional Cognition & Rehabilitation in OT 3 cr.
    • T830 OT Professional Seminar 2 cr.
  • Semester 9 (Spring)

    • T860 Leadership & Advocacy in OT 2 cr.
    • T880 OT Pre-Doctoral Residency: Doctoral Experiential 5 cr.

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 health care 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.