The Occupational Therapy program annually admits a class of 30 students to the professional entry level Doctorate (OTD).
- Baccalaureate degree or higher in any field from a regionally accredited college or university. Degree may be pending completion at time of application.
- Baccalaureate overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
- GPA of 3.0 or better in prerequisite courses (listed below).
- Completed documentation of volunteer/paid experience showing at least 10 hours of volunteer, work, or shadowing experience in at least two (2) OT practice environments.
- A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last 5 years, including the analytical writing component. Preferred candidates will score 145 or higher on both verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a 4 or higher on analytical writing. (waived for applicants with graduate degrees)
- Interview (arranged by invitation when all other application materials have been received and reviewed).
- Criminal Background Checks are required after students are admitted, and before they may go out on community or fieldwork experiences, which occur throughout the program. Specific fieldwork sites may require additional extensive background checks (at student's expense) prior to placement. Additionally, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) will inquire about criminal background prior to granting access for graduates to sit for the NBCOT examination which is required to practice.
One of the character questions on the NBCOT examination application is "Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a felony?" If the initial charge was a felony, regardless of whether it was reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed, expunged, etc., NBCOT MUST review the issue. Examination candidates should review all court documentation to confirm whether the initial charge was a felony charge or a misdemeanor charge. NBCOT does not review issues where the initial charge was a misdemeanor, unless the charge was upgraded to a felony.
- The following prerequisite courses or the equivalent must be completed with a grade of B or better. All prerequisite courses must have a minimum of 3 credit hours to be approved, with the exception of medical terminology which will be considered with 1-3 credit hours. Students may complete up to two prerequisites in the summer session after acceptance into the program but before beginning the graduate level of study:
- Human anatomy & physiology I (with lab)
- Human anatomy & physiology II (with lab)
- Any abnormal psychology or psychopathology course
- Any lifespan human development course (covering the entire lifespan, birth through aging)
- Research methods course with health professions or behavioral research focus
- Any introductory (or higher) physics course
- Any general psychology course
- Any statistics course (math or psychology)
- Any sociology or anthropology course with a multicultural theme
- Any medical terminology course
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25
- Minimum grade of "B-" or higher in each course
- The successful completion of all Fieldwork assignments to include site assessment documentation.
- Full payment of all program tuition and fees.
- All required coursework for the OTD Program must be completed at Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University does not accept nor transfer credits from any other institution in substitution for any course, fieldwork component, or residency component of the OTD Program.