Chair's Message


Within the tradition of a Jesuit, Catholic University, the Creighton University Department of Physical Therapy engages in value-centered teaching, service and scholarship focused on movement dysfunction and enablement of activity and participation. We model and facilitate professional formation and action to compassionately and competently respond to societal needs by restoring, maintaining and promoting optimal physical function and wellness.

Welcome to the Creighton University Department of Physical Therapy. We are committed to your career in healthcare and desire to improve the quality of life in others. With a department of nationally recognized faculty dedicated to research, teaching, community engagement and health services, we are actively committed to preparing you for a challenging and fulfilling career path.

Our clinical education opportunities and residency training programs are unparalleled. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program was the first of its kind in the U.S., and we initiated the region’s first APTA accredited clinical residency program in orthopaedic practice for physical therapists. Our 488 clinical education sites located across the U.S. and internationally, allow us to live our mission of providing education and service in the Jesuit tradition.

Our residency training in orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric, neurologic and women’s health physical therapy is committed to excellence in patient care and dedicated to academic distinction. We are grateful for local partners who financially support our residents and provide hours of mentoring and clinical experience. We owe a debt of gratitude to the following partners:

  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center (orthopedics and neurologic)
  • Makovicka Physical Therapy (orthopedics)
  • Madonna Proactive Health (orthopedics)
  • Creighton Pediatric Therapy (pediatrics) and
  • Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation (geriatrics).

Finally, we measure success by the ways in which our students fulfill their professional goals. Just ask our 700 program alumni who are achieving their own career and personal aspirations as leaders in physical therapy. We look forward to assisting you on your path to success and to making the world a better place.

Kirk Peck, PT, PhD, CSCS, CCRT, CERP
Department of Physical Therapy