Creighton University is proud to be the nation’s first Doctor of Occupational Therapy education program. We currently offer three pathways leading to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. In the future, Creighton will expand a health education alliance in the Phoenix area by developing new programs there in occupational therapy.
Since 1985, the occupational therapy program allows students to earn their degree with innovative study in a full-time, traditional campus setting.
In 2008, we began our University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)-Creighton University Distance Initiative. This entry-level program initiative includes asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning in a unique hybrid model.
In 2015, we began an exciting collaboration with Regis University in Denver, Colorado. This pathway follows the successful hybrid model that makes the Alaska Pathway and the Greater Omaha Pathway so successful. It’s available to students who wish to continue their occupational therapy education in Denver.
For all pathways, course lectures are available to students online at their preferred times and locations. Students are expected to use a variety of technologies to engage in the didactic portions of the learning experience. Adjunct professors oversee lab clinics, as well as full-time program coordinators on the Regis and UAA campuses. The goal of these programs is to create a learning environment that mirrors what students would experience on Creighton’s campus.
Entry-Level OTD Program – Phoenix Pathway
In 2021, the occupational therapy program will open a new pathway in Phoenix, AZ. Serving around 900 health science students across multiple professions, the 180,000-square-foot health sciences campus will address growing shortages of Arizona health care professionals while sparking significant economic growth throughout the region.
OTD education and OTD practice depend on graduates being well versed in information technology and networked information resources. Occupational therapy doctors rely extensively on information systems for the provision of OTD care to patients. We intend to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead for education, research and professional practice using advanced information technologies.
Technical support and assistance
All students in the School are provided dedicated technical support and assistance. To contact the service desk, view hours or learn more about technical requirements for all pathways, visit SPAHP Office of eLearning and Academic Technologies.
Wondering if a distance pathway is right for you? Take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment.