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What will I learn?

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 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.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level 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

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

As a student of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you will have a variety of opportunities to apply your learned skills through hands-on clinical experiences. Our Integrated Clinical Education courses allow students to spend time in the classroom and the clinic concurrently.

Because of the clinical experiences, you will enter the profession as a physical therapy practitioner prepared to:

  • Communicate verbally and in writing with patient/clients and their caregivers, colleagues, legislators, third-party payers, and other constituents
  • Demonstrate decision-making skills including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, and reflective practice
  • Screen patients/clients to determine the need for further examination or consultation by a PT or referral to another health care professional
  • Establish a collaborative physical therapy plan of care that is safe, effective, patient/client-centered, and evidence-based

Which department am I in?

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Study options

Full Time (10 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$41,335.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective students should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in the physical, biological, or health sciences, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required.

For international students

You should have a baccalaureate degree (there is no preference in what the degree is as long as the prerequisite courses are completed) from a regionally accredited institution.

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 79
  • TOEFL (paper-based) a minimum score of 570
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval
  • Any ELS Centre located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.