Occupational Therapy

Indiana University South Bend MS Occupational Therapy graduate program is accepting applications for enrollment in fall 2025 starting July 19 2024. The application cycle closes on September 30, 2024.

All applicants must apply through OTCAS. You do not need to enroll as a graduate student at IU South Bend during the application cycle.

You can establish your OTCAS account to apply at: https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Your OTCAS application must be complete and in verified status by Sept 30, 2024, for consideration. OTCAS must receive all undergraduate transcripts. Do NOT send your transcripts to IU South Bend. The admissions committee will conduct applicant Interviews on Oct 25 and Oct 26 2024.

Want to learn more about the MS Occupational Therapy program at Indiana University South Bend? Mark your calendar to join our upcoming virtual information sessions.
Zoom link to join:https://iu.zoom.us/j/5061539790?omn=89043004888

All sessions begin at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
July 23, 2024
August 14, 2024
September 11, 2024.

If you have questions about the program, please send to iusbot@iu.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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), now located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda MD 20814. ACOTE's telephone number 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