Admissions Information | Doctor of Occupational Therapy


OT Admissions Information

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 2020 Admission Cycle

  • Cycle Opens: July 18, 2019
  • Preferred Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Creighton Undergraduate Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020

Learn more about program timelines by watching this video:

Admissions Requirements

    To apply, applicants must submit all of the following materials through OTCAS:

    • Online application through OTCAS, an 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 2019 transcripts should be directed to OTCAS.
      • All spring/summer 2020 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 (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).
    • 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 three unique location-based pathways for pursuing the OTD degree: our traditional Campus Pathway, based in Omaha, NE, the Alaska Pathway, based in Anchorage, AK, and the Regis Pathway, based in Denver, CO. 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 should 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.

    2020 Personal Interview Dates

    Campus Pathway:

    • September 20th, 2019
    • November 15th, 2019
    • November 22nd, 2019
    • January 31st, 2020
    • February 7th, 2020
    • March 20th, 2020

    Alaska Pathway:

    • April 24th, 2020

    Regis Pathway:

    • February 21st, 2020

    Learn more about interview day by watching this video:

    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.

    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.

    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.