Admissions Requirements and Process (Print version)

Admissions Requirements and Process:

Admissions Process

  1. APPLICATION #1 Application to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and submit non-refundable application fee.

  2. APPLICATION #2 Application to the Occupational Therapy Program
    Indiana State University participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized   Application Service (OTCAS). Please consult for more information regarding specific OTCAS application requirements, procedures, dates and fees. Applicants should send application materials directly to OTCAS. Application may be submitted prior to degree completion or completion of prerequisite course work

 Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a four (4) year accredited college or university with a cumulative and prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The baccalaureate degree must be earned before enrolling into the program and can be in any field. All coursework must be completed within the past seven (7) years. All prerequisite coursework must obtain a C or higher in order to be accepted.

    Official transcripts from all universities and / or colleges attended must be submitted. 
    Confirmation of baccalaureate degree completion must be confirmed via official  
    transcript. Transfer students from college or universities not located in the United States are responsible for having their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES).

  2. Three letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation from each category:
    1) a health care provider,
    2) an academic advisor or course instructor or employment supervisor, and
    3) a community service experience supervisor.

  3. Submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years. A combined score of 300 the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is recommended*. GRE score reports should be forwarded to Indiana State University by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please specify Institutional Code 1322.

    *GRE Scores taken prior to August 1, 2011 will be interpreted using the Concordance Scale develop by the Educational Testing Service

    International Students: In addition to the GRE report, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper) 100 (internet-based) and 250 (computerized) is required for students when the native language is not English.

    Foreign Applicants may obtain information regarding citizenship requirements by visiting

  4. Community Service Experience/Health Related Experience in setting where an OT may be in totaling 40 hours. Enter in OTCAS as per OTCAS instructions. Prior to matriculation into the program we will be randomly reviewing your community services experiences. (Please see Service Experience Directions)

  5. Rural Health Endorsement (optional): Applicants who plan upon graduation, certification, and licensure to provide occupational therapy services to an underserved population in Indiana may receive additional points towards the applicant selection process. The applicant will need to obtain a letter on official letterhead from an institution located in a medically underserved area. Letter must endorse the applicant and indicate plans for the applicant to provide future services.

Additional Admissions Policy:
AP credit policy:

The Occupational Therapy Program follows the AP Credit Policy as outlined by Indiana State University.
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Prerequisite Coursework: (Print version)

  • Biological Sciences (6 credit hours minimum)

    • Human Anatomy with Lab  (equivalent to ISU BIO 231 & Lab or ATTR 210 & Lab)

    •  Physiology with Lab (equivalent to ISU BIO 241 & Lab or PE 220 & Lab)

  • Statistics (3 credit hours)

    •  Statistics (equivalent to ISU HLTH 340)

  • Medical Terminology (1-3 Credit hours)

    • Medical Terminology (equivalent to ISU ATTR 225)

  • Ethics (3 Credit hours)

    • Ethics (Equivalent to ISU PHIL 201)

  • Behavioral Sciences

    • General Psychology (equivalent to ISU PSY 101)

    • Life Span Psychology (equivalent to ISU EPSY 221)

    •  Abnormal Psychology (equivalent to ISU PSY 368)

    • Sociology or Anthropology (equivalent to ISU SOC 101)

 *If coursework was completed at an intuition other than Indiana State University, please use Transfer Central at to determine course equivalencies. We are aware that other courses may meet prerequisite course requirements. If you are unable to determine if a course meets prerequisite requirements after visiting the ISU website. Please submit a petition form to the Admissions Coordinator for Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation The request will subsequently be reviewed by the OT Admissions Committee.

Prerequisite Coursework Petition Form

** Indiana State University does not allow credit for experiential learning.
*** Indiana State University Occupational Therapy Program does not offer advancement placement. The Occupational Therapy Program will accept Advancement Placement as part of the undergraduate degree requirement.
**** Indiana State University Occupational Therapy Program does not admit students on the basis of ability to benefit.
*****For more information on transfer credit please see