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 2020

Campus Occupational Therapy, Campus Pharmacy, Distance Pharmacy, Physical Therapy
Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14, 2020
Creighton University-Omaha, Nebraska


    Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2020

    Regis Creighton Occupational Therapy 
    Monday, August 3 – Thursday, August 6, 2020
    Regis University-Denver, Colorado


      Welcome & Orientation Schedule 2020

      Alaska Occupational Therapy
      Monday, August 3 – Friday August 7, 2020
      University of Alaska-Anchorage 


      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 
      Date and Time TBA-details will be provided via Creighton email
      University of Alaska - Anchorage 
      Location TBA

      Regis Creighton Occupational Therapy 
      Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
      Regis University-Denver, Colorado
      St. John Francis Regis Chapel

      Distance Pharmacy
      Friday August 14, 2020 10 a.m.
      Creighton University
      Harper Center, Hixson Lied Auditorium
      View recorded ceremony 

      Campus Occupational Therapy, Campus Pharmacy and Physical Therapy
      Friday, September 4, 2020
      Creighton University
      Harper Center, Hixson Lied Auditorium
      9 a.m. – Physical Therapy – View Recorded Ceremony
      11:30 a.m. – Campus Pharmacy - View Recorded Ceremony
      3 p.m. – Occupational therapy - View Recorded Ceremony

      General Information

      2020 ceremony dates, times, and locations have changed and are subject to approval of the respective campus guidelines. No ceremony is permitted to have guests attend. Ceremonies in Alaska and Denver will be available via recording. Omaha ceremonies will be made available via a livestream. Livestream and recordings will be linked above. 


      Professional Oaths and Pledges