Doctor of Occupational Therapy

If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and have decided to become an occupational therapist, congratulations on an excellent career choice. Whether your degree is in the sciences, humanities, or arts, a great deal of what you’ve learned can help you excel in this multifaceted health profession. You’ll need an understanding of people, critical reasoning skills, communication skills, creativity, and the desire to apply your knowledge in real- life situations.

Is Indiana University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy right for you?

We are happy to announce the IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program has been granted Candidacy Status! The next application cycle will be July 19, 2018, through October 1, 2018, for consideration for admission in May 2019.

Occupational Therapy academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that’s occupation- focused, evidence-based, client-centered.  You’ll study the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with professors and practitioners known in health care communities worldwide.

Beginning in your first semester and throughout the three-year curriculum, you’ll acquire an exceptional range of clinical experience through Level I Fieldwork and Level II Fieldwork placements are chosen from IU’s large network of local and national sites. You’ll also complete a 16 – week doctoral experiential component, which Indiana University is calling a pre-doctoral residency. Throughout the program, you’ll have close interaction and personal attention from experienced, nationally, and internationally recognized Occupational Therapy faculty. 

Regardless of your undergraduate or graduate area of study, our program is designed to fully prepare you to take the NBCOT, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam. After passing the exam, you’ll be ready to enter clinical practice with confidence and current knowledge of the discipline.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Indiana University will welcome students with a wide variety of educational and work experiences. We will offer this diverse student community an outstanding combination of advantages:

  • Faculty have extensive clinical and research experiences and are committed to engaging students in professional activities.
  • The Department of Occupational Therapy is in the IU School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences which is associated with the largest medical school in the country – IU School of Medicine.
  • Fieldwork experiences occur throughout the curriculum  and provide a broad exposure of settings and client populations
  • Coursework, fieldwork, and the “doctoral experiential component” are integrated into a curriculum that’s organized around the AOTA identified six areas of practice, supporting the professions continual vision and allowing the recipients of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level to be successful on the National Certification examination and in their future practice choices.

The IU program is designed for students who:

  • Desire to be agents of change for best practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Are flexible, dynamic, and creative problem solvers
  • Can communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse communities
  • Are interested in both the biological and behavioral sciences
  • Enjoy understanding complex knowledge about human occupations
  • Are committed to lifelong learning as a health professional

NBCOT Pass Rates*

Please visit the AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, ACOTE, webpage for more information

*Again, please note: pass rates refer to graduates of Indiana University’s MS in Occupational Therapy Program as the Doctor of Occupational Therapy has not started. It is planned to start in the summer of 2018.

Two Routes to the OTD

Because IU Occupational Therapy received the approval from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education to offer the OTD degree in 2014, there will be two routes of entry to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program.  Those who are not occupational therapists will apply to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Those with a Master’s degree and who are already licensed occupational therapists, or eligible for licensure will apply to the Post-Professional OTD program.

MS in Occupational Therapy Program transitioning to an Doctor of Occupational Therapy  (OTD)

Indiana University is a nationally recognized leader with a long history (1956) of educating occupational therapy – our MS in Occupational Therapy program has been a consistently ranked as one of the top 25 Occupational Therapy programs in the country by U.S.  News and World Report (currently ranked #25) as of 2016.