Occupational Therapy

Impact lives through occupational therapy

Embark on a transformative, altruistic journey with a career in occupational therapy at Indiana's first and longest-standing accredited occupational therapy program.

A vital health-care profession, occupational therapy focuses on enhancing the lives of individuals of all ages by enabling them to overcome their health challenges and thrive in their daily activities. By studying at IU Indianapolis, you will be equipped with the skills to assess client needs, design interventions, and empower individuals facing physical, mental, developmental, or behavioral obstacles.

Our program offers two levels of study, one for aspiring occupational therapists, and one to advance knowledge of current practitioners. Both programs prepare you to maximize independent living and transform individual lives.

During the 36-month, on-campus Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, students will learn directly from professors and world-renowned practitioners, covering the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy in both academic and field settings. You’ll begin to make an impact while in the program, taking your talent to clients served through community clinics and nonprofits. You'll take advantage of our all-new, state-of-the-art facilities. And, you’ll graduate prepared to successfully sit for the national certification examination.

The three-semester, virtual post-professional OTD program elevates your occupational therapy expertise to the next level. As a current practicing occupational therapist, you’ll continue working while enhancing your clinical and research knowledge in the ever-evolving health-care industry.

14%Expected job growth rate for occupational therapists from 2021-2031

$85,570median annual wage for occupational therapists in the U.S., 2023