The Application Process
Letters of recommendation
While the IU OT admission process does not require letters of recommendation, many programs do require that you submit two or three letters. Click the link above for important tips and information.
Personal statement / essay
Many OT programs require a personal essay, however the IU program does not.
As part of the admission process, many OT programs, including IU's, will invite a select portion of their applicants for an interview.
The IU MSOT program normally interviews the top 75 applicants (based on CGPA and prerequisites.
Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
Prior to beginning professional coursework, many programs require that you become certified for adult, child, and infant CPR, commonly referred to as BLS certification, Health Care Provider CPR, or CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Training courses are offered for a fee through the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
Central Application Service for Occupational Therapists (OTCAS)
Some OT programs require that you apply for admission through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service. OTCAS went live in December 2010. A good number of programs still have their own applications and do not use OTCAS, which means that many applicants will apply to both OTCAS and non-OTCAS programs.
IMPORTANT: Each program has its own individual application cycle. Program application cycles and deadlines are different from the OTCAS application cycle! The OTCAS cycle usually opens in July and closes in June of the next year.
- If you apply to at least one OT program, then certain portions of your application will be retained even if you are not admitted, in case you decide to reapply. (We strongly urge you to apply to at least 6 or 8 programs!)
- If you complete all or part of the OTCAS application, but then decide not to apply in that cycle, OTCAS will delete your unsubmitted application the following June, when that application cycle closes.
- Therefore, you may not want to invest the time in completing the OTCAS application until you are sure you will be applying in the upcoming cycle.
- For example, if you planned to apply to certain OTCAS programs, during the summer / fall 2016 application cycle, you would probably want to wait until after the new OTCAS application has opened that July. If you were to open your application instead in April or May, all your work would be deleted in June when the old cycle closes, unless you have actually submitted your completed OTCAS application. The IU OT program may in the future require application through OTCAS.