Pathways for Doctor of Occupational Therapy


SPAHP OT Pathways

Creighton University is proud to be the nation’s first Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy 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.

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program – Campus Pathway

Since 1985, the occupational therapy program allows students to earn their degree with innovative study in a full-time, traditional campus setting.

Entry-Level Distance Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program – Alaska

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.

Entry-Level Distance Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program – Regis

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 so successful.

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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.

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.

Pathway Expectations

OTD education and OTD practice depend on graduates being well versed in information technology and networked information resources. Occupational therapists rely extensively on information systems for the provision of 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.

100% of occupational therapy students employed within 6 months graduation (based on survey responses)

Technical support and assistance

All students at Creighton University  are provided dedicated technical support and assistance.  To contact the service desk, view hours or learn more about technical requirements for all pathways, visit the SPAHP Technology Support Website.

Wondering if a distance pathway is right for you?  Take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment.