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OTD Admission Requirements & Procedures

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is designed for students who have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Prospective students apply for the graduate program one year before they intend to enter.

Admission options

Prospective students wanting to begin the professional phase of their education and who are seeking admission to the School of Occupational Therapy for the OTD degree can follow one of three options:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline other than occupational therapy, or receive a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline other than occupational therapy by time of enrollment.
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework by enrollment.
  • Submit a completed application by October 1 for the following fall.
  • Participate in an interview, if invited.

This option allows you to be granted permission to start some occupational therapy coursework in your 4th year after the completion of: three full-time undergraduate years of study, all undergraduate major requirements, and all undergraduate core requirements. Students are not officially accepted to the OTD program until they have received their bachelor’s degree. To qualify for this option, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the University of Indianapolis undergraduate programs.
  • Declare a major with a concentration in Pre-OT.
  • Submit a letter from your undergraduate advisor approving that all designated university core, major, and occupational therapy prerequisite courses will be completed prior to your 4th year of college.
  • Submit a deposit your 3rd year of college with notice of your intent to start the program in your 4th year.
  • Apply during your 3rd year via OTCAS, requesting permission to take courses in the occupational therapy department.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and occupational therapy coursework-under-permission status, students following this track will be granted official acceptance into the OTD program.

  • Meet the Early Assurance admission criteria.
  • Submit an undergraduate application to the University of Indianapolis, indicating your intended undergraduate major (any) with Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration.
  • The occupational therapy admissions committee will review the application and inform the student of their eligibility status by letter. If eligible, the student signs and returns the enclosed letter of intent to UIndy Undergraduate Admissions.

Admission eligibility

Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is competitive. In order to be considered an eligible applicant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Provide evidence that you will complete a bachelor’s degree in any field at any regionally accredited college or university by the time you enter the program, or evidence that you are a University of Indianapolis undergraduate eligible to apply for admission through our Early Entry program.
  • Provide evidence of a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide evidence that you will have completed prerequisite courses by the time you enter the program with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a C. See prerequisite courses ►
  • Submit a completed application via OTCAS by October 1 for the following fall.

See OTD application instructions

Application Deadline: October 1

Note: GRE is not required for this program

Candidate selection criteria

The following admission materials are considered when offering interviews and positions in the program.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is required, confirmed by official transcripts
  • A minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is required, confirmed by official transcripts
  • Professional recommendations
  • Communication skills, professional goals, related experiences, knowledge of occupational therapy, and professionalism

Admission is competitive. Each year, we have more applicants than we can accommodate in the class.  The top applicants are invited to an admission interview.  After the admission interview, applicants are ranked based on GPA, recommendations, and interview score. Then, the top applicants are offered admission. Some applicants may be placed on a wait list pending available spots in the class. After completing the application and interview process, some applicants may be denied. Our most recent entering class had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.66.

Additional admissions information

Performance Essentials

Becoming an occupational therapist requires the completion of a professional education program that is both intellectually and physically challenging. The purpose of the UIndy School of Occupational Therapy Performance Essentials document is to articulate the demands of this program in a way that will allow current students to compare their own capabilities against these demands.

Read the OT Performance Essentials document  ►

Criminal Background Check

In order to meet professional licensure requirements as well as protect future patients/clients and clinical sites, admitted students are required to have criminal background checks prior to matriculation into the program. A criminal history may affect fieldwork placement and/or licensure, and in some cases, disqualify a student from admission.

Transfer Students

Course credit from other occupational therapy programs is not transferable to the UIndy OTD program. This is due to the unique nature in which individual occupational therapy programs design their curriculum. It is the UIndy OT curricula as a whole that we believe adequately prepares our students for the NBCOT examination and clinical practice; therefore, outside credits will not transfer into the programs.

More Information

For more information, contact us at:
Phone: 317-788-4909 or 1-800-232-8634, ext. 4909
Fax: 317-788-3542

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Indianapolis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression irrespective of whether the status is legally protected. The University complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This policy applies to applicants and students and to all other aspects of student life.  

For more information, contact Sean Huddleston, Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer 
1400 E. Hanna Avenue, Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 781-5764 /

More Information

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions

Phone: 317-788-3500 or 1-800-232-8634, ext. 3500
Fax: 317-788-3542