Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association requires entry level education at the either the master’s OR doctoral level for occupational therapists. Either level of entry into practice is acceptable.

Description of Occupational Therapy

  • What is Occupational Therapy? 
  • The entry level Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MSOT) was designed around the curricular themes of Interprofessional Education, Professional Responsibility, and Excellence in Practice.
  • The program start date is mid-May every year. 
    • Year-round program designed to be completed in eight semesters  (2 years, 8 months) - (81 credit hours)
      • Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 1 year of completing didactic study


The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to provide competent health care providers who possess basic skills as health care providers, consultants, educators, managers, researchers, and advocates for the profession and the consumer. In addition the program seeks to improve patient access and quality care for rural and underserved populations through interprofessional education.


Description of Essential Functions

Educational Outcomes / NBCOT

Admission Information

  • Indiana State University is a participant in OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service). To apply to our program, applicants must complete the OTCAS application. The rolling admissions cycle runs from mid-July to early June of each year. Applications must be in VERIFIED status by OTCAS in order to be considered. (Please note that the verification process can take 3 – 4 weeks to be verified from the time the application is submitted.)

    • Application for the Summer 2023 program with graduation in December 2025, must be in VERIFIED status by OTCAS by May 2, 2023 in order to be considered. 

    • Application for the Summer 2024 program with graduation in December 2026, must be in VERIFIED status by OTCAS by April 25, 2024 in order to be considered. 

  • Priority in application review and invitation to interview will be given to those applicants who have completed their OTCAS application submitted.

  • Admission to the ISU OT program is competitive. Each year the program receives approximately 200 verified applications. The number of applicants interviewed each year varies and up to 30 students are admitted to begin classes in late May each year.

  • Interviews are conducted throughout the year with decisions made shortly following the completion of interviews. The interview day consists of a 15 minute interview with members of the OT Program and alumni and optional tours of the ISU campus and other facilities that will be used by OT students.

  • Applicant scoring is based on a rubric scale that includes, but is not limited to: GPA, healthcare/volunteer experience, reference letters, and Indiana residency. An interview tool and observation tool are also evaluated and included in the final admission decision.

  • Each application is evaluated on its own merits. ISU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and well-rounded group of students who represent all facets of society. Applicants are reviewed holistically based on their experience, academic background and potential, leadership ability, and other qualities appropriate for success in a graduate study.


Estimated Costs

  • Occupational Therapy Costs
  • Cost of Attendance
    • 2023 – 2024 Tuition and Fees
      • Indiana Residents Tuition
        • $450 per credit hour
        • 81 credit hours
          • $36,450 total In-State tuition for 8 semesters
      • Out-of-State Tuition
        • $885 per credit hour
        • 81 credit hours
          • $71,685 total Out-of-State tuition for 8 semesters
    • Student Health and Wellness Fee
      • $40 each Fall / Spring semesters
      • $20 Summer semester
      • $260 total for 8 semesters
    • Terre Haute Estimated Cost of Living
      • $22,032 For 2 years ($11,016 per year as estimated by Financial Aid Office)
    • Program Fees
      • $500 Seat Fee, due upon acceptance into the program
      • $8,000 Program Fee, $1,000 due each semester
    • Recreation Center Fee
      • $800, $100 per semester
    • Additional Estimated Costs
      • $1,500 Textbooks Cost
      • $60 Criminal Background Check
    • Lodging and Travel expenses for Fieldwork
      • Costs are dependent on the location of the Fieldwork Placement. This cost cannot be fairly estimated due to numerous possibility of geographic locations for placement. 
  • *Estimated Total Cost for an In-State Student is approximately $66,598 plus additional living expenses during Fieldwork Level II
  • **Estimated Total Cost for an Out-of-State Student is approximately $100,689 plus additional living expenses during Fieldwork Level II
  • Note: credit hour cost based on 2023-2024 rates
  • The University Board of Trustees reserves the right to change fees at any time in the future. The right to correct errors is also reserved.


The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-6611. http://www.acoteonline.org

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Academic Fees

Required Courses

Contact Us

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 812.237.2583
Sycamore Center for Health and Wellness
567 North 5th Street, Room 261
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Google Map: Location of the Occupational Therapy Program