Welcome & Orientation


Welcome Week

We are pleased you will be joining us in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions to begin your journey in becoming a competent, compassionate and caring health care professional. You will find a dedicated group of individuals in your faculty, staff and fellow students that will be assisting you in your pursuit of excellence.

Welcome and Orientation Purpose

The purpose of this orientation is to provide you with a clear introduction to life at Creighton. The central focus is to facilitate your transition into professional education within the context of the Catholic mission and Ignatian tradition of the university. This overarching theme is the integration of the following overlapping dimensions of School life, which you will notice as priorities throughout this orientation:


We seek to initiate and foster relationships of mutual respect and support among students, faculty and staff. In the Ignatian tradition, this may best be described as the beginning of a process of becoming true “companions” to each other. Becoming a professional involves more than acquiring disciplinary knowledge and skills. This process also involves affirming vocation and is reflected in personal dispositions of solidarity, justice and caring. During the orientation, community is reflected in activities including student socials, dining with faculty, participating in a volunteer service activity and reflection sharing.


We recognize the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of all members of the School. During the orientation, we work to meet the various needs of new students, transfer students, adult learners and other special groups. In the Ignatian tradition, this may best be described as finding the good in all persons. Diversity is reflected in activities including ice-breakers, times for reflection and sharing, exploration of the community through service and exposure to opportunities for involvement.


During the orientation, we want you to become aware of the many resources in place to help you succeed as a student. Ignatian pedagogy describes this as attention to the context in which learning takes place. During the orientation, you will see this reflected in opportunities to meet faculty, staff and students from upper classes. You will also get to know your academic success counselors, technology support staff and others who can help you achieve a healthy balance between your academic, professional and personal endeavors.


You will receive an initial orientation to your academic program and the unique ways in which your discipline contributes to the betterment of society. These sessions reflect our University’s pursuit of truth in all its forms.


To others, the importance of family life, the inalienable worth of each individual and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity are core values of Creighton. A service opportunity during the orientation highlights the importance our School places on the commitment to prepare professionals who are concerned for others. While you will have the opportunity to participate in a service project, by no means is this the only opportunity you will have to serve each other during the orientation! You were invited to join on of our academic programs because this commitment was already visible in your words and past actions.


All these priorities are integrated into the development of professionals who have integrity. Our policies and procedures are in place to foster an environment in which future professionals can continually grow into people who represent the University, School and their chosen professions with honesty, truthfulness and honor. During the orientation, you will begin to explore the meaning of the oaths you will make as you become a professional.


Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2021

Omaha Occupational Therapy, Omaha Pharmacy, Distance Pharmacy, Omaha Physical Therapy
Sunday, August 8 – Friday, August 14, 2021
Creighton University-Omaha, Nebraska


Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2021

Regis Creighton Occupational Therapy 
Monday, August 2 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
Regis University-Denver, Colorado


    Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2021

    Alaska Occupational Therapy
    Monday, August 2 – Friday August 6, 2021
    University of Alaska-Anchorage


    Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2021 

    Phoenix Occupational Therapy, Phoenix Pharmacy
    Thursday, August 12-Saturday, August 14
    Creighton University Phoenix Health Sciences Campus-Phoenix, Arizona

    Phoenix Map


    The e-orientation website is designed for incoming students only to complete tasks prior to arriving for their respective orientation activities. It is required that all incoming students complete each task and become familiar with all aspects of e-orientation. The site was created for incoming students to ease the burden of transition to professional school and to create virtual sessions that do not need to be completed in a face-to-face setting.


    Orientation ambassadors are the “first face” of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. This dynamic group of students is charged with welcoming new students to Creighton University.

    Professionalism Ceremony

    The Professionalism Ceremony provides insight into the integration of knowledge and skill with altruistic attitudes, values and behaviors. Held in conjunction with and concluding each orientation week, the ceremony emphasizes responsibility to a chosen profession through the academic programs. Representatives from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions faculty and staff, current students and the Alumni Advisory Board welcome students into their chosen profession and share their experiences of growth and encouragement in curricular and co-curricular involvement.

    Ceremony Dates

    Alaska Occupational Therapy
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6 p.m.
    University of Alaska - Anchorage
    Goursch Commons

    Regis Creighton Occupational Therapy 
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
    Regis University - Denver, Colorado
    St. John Francis Regis Chapel

    Omaha Occupational Therapy, Omaha and Distance Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy
    Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.
    Creighton University
    DJ Sokol Arena at the Ryan Athletic Center

    Phoenix Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy 
    Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.
    Creighton University - Phoenix, Arizona
    Phoenix Health Sciences Campus

    General Information

    2021 ceremony dates, times, and locations have been updated. Guests are welcome to attend each ceremony and are asked to follow the Creighton University COVID-19 response guidelines. Those students and guests that are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are expected to wear a face covering while at the ceremony.

    There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. Guests will not be allowed to approach the stage to take photographs during the ceremony. Professional photographers will be on-hand and will make available photographs for purchase after the ceremony (link below). Livestreaming will not be made available this year.


    Professional Oaths and Pledges