Occupational Therapy

Indiana University South Bend will open our 2025 application cycle for new applicants to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program in mid-July 2024.  This cycle is for enrollment in Fall 2025

Applications are open on OTCAS 2024-2025

Want to learn more about the IU South Bend MSOT program?  We will be scheduling monthly virtual information sessions via zoom to learn more about the program from faculty and current students.

Visit this page in spring 2024 for information session dates.


Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) at Indiana University South Bend is a graduate health professional program designed for students who do not have a degree in occupational therapy, but have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and are seeking an entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy.

The purpose of the degree is to provide entry-level occupational therapy education for individuals who (upon completion of program and fieldwork)* will be eligible to take the required National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

Occupational therapists assist and support individuals across the lifespan to learn or regain skills that enable them to participate in meaningful and purposeful activities utilizing practices that are occupation-based and driven by science. Coffee OT

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program consists of didactic coursework, laboratory competencies and required fieldwork experiences designed to educate students to achieve competence as an entry-level generalist occupational therapy practitioner.

As an MSOT graduate student, you will study concepts, theories and clinical practice of occupational therapy with highly educated faculty and support from community occupational therapy practitioners.

* Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. The IUSB MSOT program is designed to allow this progression.

Accreditation Status Update - Effective August 2023

The Indiana University South Bend entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the ACOTE logo
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, all 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. 

Program Outcomes

Upon full ACOTE accreditation, all graduates of the IUSB MSOT program are eligible and expected to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam.

*Please note: Graduation and NBCOT National Certification Examination Pass Rates for the first cohort of the MSOT program will be available in 2024.

Indiana University South Bend Occupational Therapy Student Outcomes


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Meet the Faculty

Asst. Prof. Miller



 Allison Miller MS, OTRL

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Dr. Pape



Sharon Pape OTD, MS, OTR, FNAP

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Brent Schierbeek



Brent Schierbeek, MSOT, CHT, OTR