The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program gives preferential admission consideration to Creighton Undergraduate students who complete all prerequisite coursework at Creighton. Benefits of the Creighton Preference include:
- Baccalaureate degree in any major accepted with a 3.25 GPA in all prerequisites
- Guaranteed interview with a 3.25 overall GPA
- Option of a formalized deferral program for one year if admitted and, if they remain enrolled during that year, a 3.25 Science GPA is maintained
To qualify for the Creighton Preference, students must:
- Participate in EDGE programming
- Take ALL prerequisite coursework at Creighton University (Courses taken for college/advanced placement prior to high school graduation will not result in ineligibility, however any prerequisite courses taken at other institutions after high school graduation will result in ineligibility)
- Submit an online application to the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Admission Office by October 1 of the academic year prior to enrollment in the professional program. Students unable to meet one or more of these criteria are encouraged to apply for admission
A baccalaureate degree is required before entering the OT program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Theology, Philosophy and/or Ethics course
Culture, Ideas and/or Civilizations course
Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology or Human Development
Research or Statistics Course
The Creighton EDGE pre-occupational therapy learning community furthers understanding of the profession, and provides helpful instruction on how to be a competitive applicant. The Office of Admission and the faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are actively engaged in providing ideas for EDGE programming and work closely with the EDGE program leadership to implement ideas that are in the best interest of our future applicants.
Some recent and planned programming includes interviewing tips workshops, application tips workshops, panels, program information sessions, and seminars devoted to helping students develop their own individual plan for successful application to professional school.
Fulfillment of basic requirements or participation in the EDGE program does not guarantee admission. Admission is based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for successful, competent practice as an occupational therapist.
Candidates are also evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and objectives of the OTD program. In addition, prior education, work experiences, honors, awards, service to others, and leadership activities serve to provide insight into a candidate’s commitment to lifelong learning and doctoral-level education. It is required that prospective students spend time observing occupational therapists at work in their communities.