College of Health and Human Services

The entry-to-practice degree for the occupational therapy profession is now the Master of Science in occupational therapy, a graduate degree. A baccalaureate degree is required to gain entry to the program. At IPFW you may earn any baccalaureate degree and then apply to the Occupational Therapy Program offered by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Completion of a baccalaureate degree and prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the IUPUI program.

Overview - shrs.iupui.edu/occupational_therapy/

Prerequisite Courses - Prior to entering IUPUI’s Occupational Therapy Program, students must complete specific prerequisite courses in addition to earning a baccalaureate degree.  These prerequisites may be completed at IPFW.  Students should consult with an IPFW allied health sciences advisor for appropriate courses and semester sequencing. 

IUPUI Admission Requirements

shrs.iupui.edu/occupational_therapy/admissions/

Limitations on Course Work - Anatomy, physiology, and statistics prerequisites must be taken within seven years of entry. 

Class size - 36

Criteria Used for Selection of Class - Cumulative grade point average (GPA) weighted 40%, prerequisite course work GPA weighted 60%. The total scores are then ranked.

Application Deadline - Applications are available online through IUPUI’s occupational therapy website. Applications are accepted from August 1st through January 20th annually and are due in January of the year of desired entry. Program begins Summer Session II (late June). 

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average - 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Prerequisite Grade Point Average - 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Grade Requirement in a Stated Prerequisite Course - C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) 

Application Policy - For applicants for whom English is not their native language, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required.

Technical Standards - Students are required to meet technical standards established by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. These standards are available from IUPUI upon request.

Clinical Observation - Students must observe occupational therapy practice in three settings for a total of 12 hours and present evidence of this experience. Therapists are often willing to let students observe or “shadow” them, but volunteering also meets this requirement. Students may obtain observation or volunteer hours at any facility that offers occupational therapy. A copy of the form can be obtained from shrs.iupui.edu/documents/occupational_therapy/observation.pdf.

The details of your prerequisite course work should be discussed with an IPFW allied health sciences advisor. You are also encouraged to consult an advisor at the IUPUI campus to discuss the degree. Contact: Student Enrollment Services Coordinator for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences by calling (317)274-7238. The most current program information is found at http://www.shrs.iupui.edu/occupational_therapy/.

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