Admissions Requirements for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level (OTD EL)

This program is designed for students who do not have a degree in occupational therapy, but have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and are seeking an entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy.  The application cycle will be August 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 for consideration for admission for May 2018. 

Before applying to the program, students will have:

  • A baccalaureate degree.  The program will not have a preference as to the background or type of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution as long as the prerequisite courses are completed.
  • Applicants who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the Occupational Therapy program must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form, which must be signed by the applicant and a school official (academic advisor, program chair, or equivalent) verifying degree candidacy including the anticipated graduation date with the application. This form must be sent directly from the school to the Occupational Therapy Program at
  • Applicants must have at the time of application a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and a prerequisite GPA of 3.2/4.0. (All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C; undergraduate and graduate courses may be used as long as they meet the pre-requisite content requirements).  GPAs will be calculated by OTCAS. All undergraduate and graduate course work is included in cumulative grade point average calculations. 
  • Completed all prerequisites, or have only one outstanding by the application deadline of October 15, 2017.   The outstanding prerequisites can not be Anatomy, Physiology, or Statistics. The outstanding prerequisite course must be completed by start of progression into the program in May with a grade of ‘C’ or higher while maintaining at least the required 3.2 admission cumulative GPA. Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding pre-requisite coursework must be received prior to matriculation into the program.
  • All applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of observation in at least three (3) different types of occupational therapy settings with a licensed occupational therapist or a licensed occupational therapy assistant.  Types of occupational therapy settings can include: skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center, hospital, school, and mental health facility. Observation forms must be submitted by the October 15th application deadline.
  •  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores required, submit directly to OTCAS using Designated Institution Code 2232
  • For applicants for whom English is not their native language, a minimum TOEFL score as required by NBCOT.
  • An OTCAS application in “Complete” status by October 15, 2017. This means all application materials submitted to OTCAS have been received and documented by OTCAS. Applicants must submit materials to OTCAS several weeks in advance of this date in order to be considered ‘complete’ by the October 15, 2017 deadline.  Applications which are not in ‘complete’ status or which are submitted after the October 15, 2017 will not be reviewed
  • A completed IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application by the Application Deadline of October 15, 2017.  


  • Applicants must submit a NEW Prerequisite Completion Form
  • Introductory Psychology (3 semester credit hours minimum)-MUST be an introduction to the discipline.
  • Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology (3 semester credit hours minimum)-MUST be an introduction to the discipline.
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 semester credit hours minimum)
  • Life Span/Human Development Psychology-MUST cover development from birth to death (3 semester credit hours minimum)
  • *Human Anatomy with lab (3 semester credit hours minimum)-for science majors
  • *Human Physiology- lab preferred (3 semester credit hours minimum)-for science majors
  • *Statisticsmust include inferential statistics (3 semester credit hours minimum)
  • Physics with lab-(3 semester credit hours minimum)
  • Medical Terminology (1 semester credit hour minimum)

*Courses must be completed not more than seven (7) years prior to application deadline.

Please Note:

  • Online courses are acceptable EXCEPT for science courses with labs.
  • Dual credit courses are acceptable if recorded on a college transcript with a grade.
  • Courses taken for AP credit will be accepted for prerequisite courses if a score of 3 or higher is earned.  The course must appear on official university transcripts.
  • Student may retake up to fifteen (15) credit hours of prerequisites.  The higher grade will be used to compute prerequisite GPA but all grades will be used to compute cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants who previous matriculated in any occupational therapy program in the United States are not eligible for admission into the IU Doctor of Occupational Therapy – Entry Level program.