Creighton University operates on a rolling admission basis, meaning that qualified applicants are invited to interview and admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once interview spots and entering class seats are filled, the admission committee will no longer consider remaining applicants. In the past three admission cycles, all available interview dates were full by early November. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Important Dates for the Fall 2021 Admission Cycle
- Cycle Opens: July 16, 2020
- Preferred Deadline: October 1, 2020
- Creighton Undergraduate Deadline: October 1, 2020
- Final Deadline: March 1, 2021
To apply, applicants must submit all of the following materials through OTCAS, the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service:
- An official transcript must be submitted to OTCAS from each institution the applicant has attended and/or is currently attending. Official transcripts must be received directly from the issuing institution(s).
- All fall/winter term 2020 transcripts should be directed to OTCAS.
- All spring/summer 2021 term transcripts should be directed to Creighton University’s Enrollment Services.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- We prefer that one letter come from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. If you have been out of school for some time, letters from a work setting can be helpful. Do not submit letters from family members or friends.
- Observation in an OT setting supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.
- We do not require a minimum number of hours, however the more hours a candidate has acquired, the more competitive an applicant becomes for admission.
- Due to COVID-19, applicants will be considered for an interview prior to completion of observation. Admitted candidates will be required to complete their observation by August 1, 2021.
- International applicants must submit a foreign transcript evaluation to OTCAS through an evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Instructions for Selecting a Pathway
The Creighton University Doctor of Occupational Therapy program offers four unique location-based pathways for pursuing the entry-level OTD:
- Campus Pathway, Omaha, NE - Traditional on-campus setting established in 1985
- Alaska Pathway, Anchorage, AK - First of our unique hybrid models
- Regis Pathway, Denver, CO - Jesuit collaboration continuing the success of our hybrid model
- Phoenix Pathway, Phoenix, AZ - First cohort in fall 2021 at our up and coming interprofessional Health Sciences Campus.
Applicants may only apply to one pathway per admission cycle. To select a pathway, applicants must first select the Creighton University Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Omaha, NE from the list of programs on OTCAS. Once the Creighton University Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program has been designated, applicants will select their preferred pathway by answering Creighton’s school-specific questions on OTCAS.
Personal interviews are required in the admission process. Qualified applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.
2021 Personal Interview Dates
- September 18, 2020
- October 9, 2020
- November 13, 2020
- January 22, 2021
- February 19, 2021
- March 19, 2021
- April 30, 2021
- February 5, 2021
- December 4, 2020
- March 26, 2021
*Because of COVID-19 interviews will be virtual until further notice
Fulfillment of basic requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission. Admission is based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for successful, competent practice as an occupational therapist. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program does not require a minimum grade point average for admission, although grade point average is considered in the overall evaluation of the applicant’s suitability for the program. Candidates are 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 recommended that prospective students spend time observing occupational therapists at work in their communities. This serves to familiarize the applicant with the general responsibilities of an occupational therapy professional.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program welcomes international applicants. Due to F1 Visa requirements and processing timeline, we also require that all prerequisite coursework is completed by no later than July 1 of the year of enrollment. Click here for specific information about international student requirements and exam scores in addition to basic admission requirements.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff are primary considerations at Creighton University. The Creighton University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Violence Against Women Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes and fires, as well as institutional policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting, and other matters. This legislation seeks to make college campuses safer through the disclosure of such information, and to assist applicants in making enrollment or employment decisions based upon that criteria.
You may download a copy of this report by accessing the following website: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. You may also obtain a free paper copy of the report at the Public Safety office at 2222 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68178, or by contacting Public Safety at 402.280.2104.