Admissions Information


OT Admissions Information

Creighton University operates on a rolling admission process, meaning that qualified applicants are invited to interview and offered admission 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 fall 2016 admission cycle, all available interview dates were full by early January 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The School enrolls 62 students each year in the Campus Pathway and 18 students each year in the Greater Omaha (GO) and Regis Pathways.

The fall 2017 OTCAS application is now closed. The fall 2018 OTCAS application is expected to open in August 2017.

Important Deadlines for Fall 2018 Admission

  • Preferred Deadline: October 1, 2017
  • Creighton Undergraduate Deadline: October 1, 2017
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2018

Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Prerequisite  courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution and must be completed with a grade of C or better (a C- grade is not acceptable).

    To apply, applicants must submit the following:

    • Online application through OTCAS and  Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service.
    • An official transcript must be received 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 2016 transcripts should be directed to OTCAS. All spring/summer 2017 term transcripts should be directed to the School’s Office of Admission.
    • Three letters of recommendation (submitted via OTCAS). 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 submitted through OTCAS.
    • 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).

    Personal interviews are required in the admission process.  Qualified applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.

    Personal Interviews

    Greater Omaha and Campus Pathways:

    • April 7th, 2017

    Regis Pathway:

    • March 24th, 2017

    Alaska Pathway:

    • April 21, 2017

    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.

    Public Safety Report

    The safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty are primary considerations at Creighton University. The annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report provides information on institutional policies concerning security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual violence, emergency response, fire safety and other matters. The report also includes statistics for campus crime reported over the past three years.

    Download a copy of this report. You may also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at 2204 Burt Street, Omaha, NE, 68178, or by calling 402.280.2104.

    International Applicants

    The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program welcomes international applicants. Due to F1 Visa requirements and processing timeline, we also require that all prerequisite coursework be completed by no later than July 1 prior to enrollment. Click here for specific information about international student requirements and exam scores in addition to basic admission requirements.