Positively impact people’s health and well-being through the engagement of occupations that fill their lives.
In the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions occupational therapy program, you will gain experience intervening when illness, disability or social constraints threaten an individual’s ability to create or find balance in their environment. The program blends knowledge from the physical and social sciences into a unique, distinct and holistic profession.
Learning and formation in a variety of settings
In our occupational therapy program, you will focus on how the body, mind and spirit work together to produce occupations as simple as feeding oneself or as complex as leading a hundred-piece orchestra.
Our education program includes coursework and fieldwork in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, school systems and community centers. You will benefit from both didactic and experiential learning and from faculty mentors dedicated to empowering your ability to find a clinical experience trajectory that fits your goals.
Our occupational therapy program is designed to be rigorous, comprehensive, and meet accreditation standards in order to prepare our students for successful outcomes with examination board completion. Learn more about program curriculum, schedules and dates.
We offer a program that emphasizes the value of what it means to be an occupational therapy professional that focuses on caring for the whole person and bringing value to all patients’ lives. Watch this video to learn what it means to be an occupational therapist from Creighton University.
Welcome to the Creighton University Department of Occupational Therapy, an innovative leader in the profession and first in the nation in the occupational therapy entry-level doctorate. Our students are supported by a robust faculty of experts from a variety of practice areas and settings.
With 19 full-time faculty members, including ten with research doctorates, nine with professional doctorates and five Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, we are committed to outstanding performance in teaching, learning, scholarship and service.
Together, we look forward to helping all of our students make a difference in meeting the needs of persons experiencing disablement, advancing the profession of occupational therapy and developing the skills and experience you need to drive the future of our field and carry on our ideals of service in the Jesuit tradition.
I encourage you to learn more about our vision, mission, curriculum, faculty and students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance to you.
Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Within the Jesuit tradition, we envision the Department of Occupational Therapy to be nationally recognized for scholarship, research, teaching and learning, and the quality and professional excellence of its graduates and faculty as ethical leaders providing occupation and evidence-based care and service for individuals and the global society.
The mission of the Creighton University Department of Occupational Therapy is to educate ethical practitioners, engage in scholarship dedicated to the pursuit of truth, serve the profession and offer occupational therapy expertise to local and global communities. The Creighton University occupational therapy graduate will be creative, holistic, reflective and committed to lifelong learning. Therefore, the department will value and honor diversity, model and foster leadership and facilitate spiritual, personal and professional growth
Department of Occupational Therapy Philosophy
The philosophical base of the Department of Occupational Therapy is consistent with the Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2006).
Humans are self-directed, adaptive, occupational beings. As such, their development (emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive and biological) occurs in the context of occupation. Learning comes about through immersed exploration of diverse practice environments, collaboration, service, reflection and creative thinking. In the view of the Department, teaching is enabling, knowledge is understanding and learning is the active construction of subject matter.
We believe learning is contextual in three ways:
1. New knowledge is acquired by extending and revising prior knowledge
2. New ideas acquire meaning when they are presented in a coherent relationship to one another
3. Knowledge becomes usable when it is acquired in situations that entail applications to concrete problem-solving
Our faculty desires to actively engage learners, draw upon their power as emerging professionals and integrate occupational therapy knowledge through discussion, reflection, evaluation and self-directed learning.
As the nation’s first entry level Doctor of Occupational Therapy education program, we offer four pathways leading to the entry level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree.
Entry Level OTD Program: Campus
Learn and work with renowned faculty who provide leadership in our profession at local, national and international levels. Our faculty and staff are here for your success – to train you to become a well-rounded, competent, passionate, reflective and ethical occupational therapy practitioner.
Our entry-level, on-campus program has more than 20 years of history in quality, innovation and excellence. Through the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, OT practitioners can prepare for upper-level management positions in a diverse range of practice environments. We look forward to working with you and embarking on this exciting journey together.
Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Email: kelimu [at] creighton [dot] edu
Entry Level Distance OTD Program: Alaska
Prepare to be a dynamic occupational therapy practitioner and transform the delivery of occupational therapy and health care in Alaska. Study with Creighton OT faculty and practitioners in Alaska who serve as lab instructors and mentors helping you socialize into the profession. Alaska-based practitioners will serve as your educators during fieldwork experiences in sites across the state.
We are excited to offer this unique educational opportunity to any prospective student that wants to live and learn in Alaska. This pathway is a Creighton University educational program in association with the University of Alaska Anchorage. We look forward to helping graduates practice and deliver occupational therapy services to those in need. All students must live in Anchorage while in this program pathway.
Alfred G. Bracciano, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Department of Occupational Therapy
Coordinator, Creighton Alaska Entry-Level Distance Pathway
Email: alfredbracciano [at] creighton [dot] edu
Entry Level Distance OTD Program: Regis
Earn a well-respected professional doctorate degree in occupational therapy using a combination of in-person and distance educational strategies.
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has partnered with Regis University in Denver, Colorado to provide an entry-level occupational therapy doctorate degree using a unique, hybrid program of distance learning and campus-based laboratories.
Take your occupational therapy didactic courses online and physically meet on the Regis University campus to participate in lab experiences, experiential learning and other educational events and meetings.
Lou Jensen, OTD, OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy
Coordinator – Creighton-Regis Entry-Level Distance Pathway
Email: loujensen [at] creighton [dot] edu
Entry-Level OTD Program – Phoenix Pathway
In 2021, the occupational therapy program will open a new pathway in Phoenix, AZ. Serving around 900 health science students across multiple professions, the 180,000-square-foot health sciences campus will address growing shortages of Arizona health care professionals while sparking significant economic growth throughout the region.
The entry-level program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Email: accred [at] aota [dot] org
More information on ACOTE can be found at www.acoteonline.org.
The Creighton entry-level program is accredited until the 2020-21 academic year. The next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2020.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) educational standard, A.2.6, states that, “The program must document policies and procedures to ensure that the program director and faculty are aware of and abide by the current code of ethics of the profession of occupational therapy.” In accordance with this standard, this policy governs only those instances where allegations of violations of the OT Code of Ethics are brought forth.
The Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics is available here.
The faculty within the Department of Occupational Therapy is committed to maintaining the educational programs and professional behaviors that meet or exceed accreditation standards. Each year, faculty members in the Occupational Therapy Department are asked to review the Code of Ethics and sign a statement explicating that they are aware of and will abide by the Code. The Occupational Therapy Program is committed to helping individuals correct any behavior that may be in contradiction to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. Faculty members or other stakeholders are encouraged to voice and discuss concerns they have about a violation of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. In cases where a formal complaint is deemed necessary, established procedures will be followed.
How to File an Ethics Complaint
For Further Information About the Code of Ethics, Please Contact:
Keli Mu, Ph.D. OTR/L
Professor and Chair of Department of Occupational Therapy
Email: kelimu [at] creighton [dot] edu