Occupational Therapy Doctorate
“As occupational therapists, our distinct value is that we are working to improve the health, participation and the quality of life for the clients we serve.”
- Dr. Leslie Jackson
About the Program
Indiana Wesleyan University is proud to announce an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, housed within the School of Health Sciences. This degree program will be headed by Douglas Morris, PhD, OTR/L. He brings over 15 years of academic experience to this position. Under his leadership, the new OTD program has been granted full Candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). All classes will be taught in the new $42.8 million dollar Sciences and Nursing Building.
The Vision and Mission of the OTD Program
The vision of the Indiana Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy Program is to glorify God by changing the world of healthcare through the preparation of students who fully embrace the art and science of the occupational therapy, thus enabling graduates to provide compassionate, creative, ethical, and evidence-based services in an increasingly diverse and technologically advanced world.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program is to provide a Christ-centered curriculum to educate practitioners who will collaborate interprofessionally to promote client-centered, occupation-based practice and provide servant leadership within their communities. We value an active learning environment that fosters the holistic personal and professional development of students, faculty, and community members.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Melissa Khosla, OTD, OTR graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University as an undergraduate, continuing on to complete a master's degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute and a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has worked with children and families in various settings ranging from home-health to leading support groups for parents of children with disabilities, and most recently spent time in a skilled-nursing facility. Melissa's passion is encouraging and supporting families as they achieve life balance through traditional and complementary therapies.
Accreditation Process of OTD
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has developed standards for doctoral-level programs. The curriculum of the OTD program has been designed with those standards in mind. IWU has been granted candidacy status through ACOTE. Following an on-site accreditation visit from an ACOTE review team in the spring of 2017, ACOTE will make a decision regarding accreditation of the program. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number for AOTA is: 1-301-652-AOTA
The Higher Learning Commission conducted their regional accreditation visit on August 18 and 19, 2014 and granted approval for the OTD program.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Doctorate of Occupational Therapy||105 Total||$11,294 / trimester|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
Payment for each term is due by August 15th for Fall and by December 15th for Spring. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.
The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the required core program. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.
Published tuition and fees are subject to change.
CoursesYear One - Fall Trimester
Total 17 credit hours
Year One - Spring Trimester
Total 16 credit hours
Year One - Summer Trimester
Total for Year One 49 credit hours
Year Two - Fall Trimester
Total 15 credit hours
Year Two - Spring Trimester
Total 17 credit hours
Year Two - Summer Trimester
Total Credits for Summer 7 credit hours
Total Credits for Year Two 38 credit hours
Total 7 credit hours
Total 11 credit hours
Total Credits for Year Three 18
Total Overall Credits: 105 Credit Hours
Below are the lists of requirements for the Occupational Therapy program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.
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).
- The following prerequisite courses or the equivalent must be completed with a grade of B or better. All prerequisite courses except medical terminology must have a minimum of 3 credit hours to be considered as a prerequisite course. 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*
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.
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 passing grade of “B” in each course.
- Full payment of all program tuition and fees.
Complete the OTCAS Online Application
The Occupational Therapy Program receives applications for doctoral program admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Applications must be submitted and verified by May 31, 2017 for consideration.
Decisions announced: 2-3 weeks following the interview
OTCAS Open and Close Dates
- The OTCAS application cycle has closed for the 2017 academic year, and will open July 19, 2017 for the 2018 admission.
- April 30, 2018 OTCAS Application Close Date for Indiana Wesleyan University - deadline for applicants to submit all application materials. The OTCAS application must be received AND verified by this date. In addition, official GRE scores must be received by IWU, and the Observation Form submitted by this date.
1. Application - Apply online.
*PLEASE NOTE: the Occupational Therapy Program receives applications for doctoral program admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
2. Transcripts -
College: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Transcripts are required for application and are to be submitted through OTCAS.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: Secure a course-by-course report from Educational Credential Evaluator (www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to OTCAS. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
3. Observational Hours - Applicants must provide documentation of volunteer/paid experience showing at least 10 hours of volunteer, work, or shadowing experience in at least two (2) Occupational Therapy practice environments.
4. GRE Scores - Applicants must provide proof of 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. (The Indiana Wesleyan University institutional code is R1446.) Additional GRE information can be obtained by contacting Educational Testing Services at 609-771-7670 or visiting their Web site. (Waived for applicants with graduate degrees)
TOEFL Scores - Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.
OTD Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the OTD program, graduates will demonstrate competence in the following areas:
- Servant Leadership/Advocacy: Graduates of the OTD program will advocate, on behalf of consumers and the profession, as servant leaders who are actively involved in professional and community organizations.
- Moral Character: Graduates of the OTD program will promote occupational justice as people of moral character who apply Christ-like attitudes and ethical values.
- Scholarship/Research: Graduates of the OTD program will increase the body of knowledge in occupational therapy through scholarship and research in preparation for practice and life-long learning.
- Global Perspective: Graduates of the OTD program will address global and diverse occupational needs from a global perspective.
- Evidence-Based Practice: Graduates of the OTD program will apply occupational therapy scientific knowledge to create evidence-based intervention programs and/or protocols that are culturally responsive and client-centered.
- Occupational Therapy Theory: Graduates of the OTD program will apply theoretical models and practice frameworks when developing systems for the delivery of occupational therapy services.
- Residency Project: Graduates of the OTD program will demonstrate advanced-practice competency in a chosen residency area.