Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy



Gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to deliver high quality, cost-effective interventions in occupational therapy practice. Through the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Creighton University, OT practitioners can prepare for upper-level management positions in a diverse range of practice environments.

OT Facts

In one of the first clinical occupational therapy doctorate programs of its kind in the country, occupational therapists gain advanced clinical, practice management, teaching and administrative skills. The post-professional program, which is open to students around the globe, enhances the knowledge and skills practitioners bring from clinical practice and life experiences.

Collaborate with OT experts in a flexible environment

POTD StudentsCreighton occupational therapy faculty are experts in their areas of practice, and many are also well known for their contributions to the profession, both nationally and internationally.

Students combine coursework in a professional area of their choosing with expert mentorship. The program allows you to design a plan of study that fits your busy life. Take one course at a time or take on multiple courses.

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, visit SPAHP Office of eLearning and Academic Technologies.

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


The Post-Professional OTD distance curriculum consists of 47 semester hours of required didactic coursework. Distance learners access the course through various technologies provided by the School. Courses are asynchronous and available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to didactic courses, students engage in 16 semester credit hours of doctoral experiential components, which offer the opportunity to extend and refine knowledge gained. The doctoral experiential component of the curriculum is tailored to each individual based on a self-assessment of professional competencies. Students may elect to enhance generalist clinical skills or select a focused area for professional study. Whenever possible, doctoral experiential components will be arranged at practice sites in the student’s geographic region.

Accepted students may begin the Post-Professional OTD distance program during any fall or spring semester that POTD 500 is offered.



POTD 500 Introduction to Clinical Doctoral Studies1


POTD 501 Historical Perspectives of Occupation


POTD 511 Neuro-Occupation I


POTD 514 Occupation and Health: Population Perspectives


POTD 516 Health Systems Management


POTD 517 Health Care Policy


POTD 518 Leadership


POTD 521 Occupation in Community


POTD 541 Critical Analysis of Occupational Therapy Practice


POTD 553 Introduction to Inquiry


POTD 554 Research Proposal


POTD 555 Research Implementation I


POTD 556 Research Implementation II


POTD 562 Advanced Clinical Ethics


POTD 565 Instructional Methods and Evaluation


POTD XXX Elective 1


POTD XXX Elective 2


POTD 580 Trajectory Planning


POTD 601 Capstone


Didactic Total Program Hours = 47

POTD 590 Doctoral Experiential Component2


Doctoral Experiential Component​ Total Program Hours = 16

PROGRAM TOTAL (Required credit hours) = 63

1POTD 500 Introduction to Clinical Doctoral Studies is the first course students are required to complete. There is a three-day, on-campus requirement for this course. A one-time technology fee must be paid before leaving campus. Please refer to the chart below for on-campus POTD 500 dates:


On-Campus Dates

Fall 2016

September 14-16, 2016

Spring 2017

February 1-3, 2017

Fall 2017

September 13-15, 2017

Spring 2018

January 31-February 2, 2018

2Post-Professional doctoral experiential component​s may vary in number; each student must complete 16 credit hours. Students may take between four and 12 hours per term.

Students with a master’s degree in any field are subject to an automatic waiver of the six required elective credits reducing the required credits taken to 57 for the OTD. Students with a master’s degree are also eligible to apply to waive an additional nine credits if they have taken equivalent courses to what is offered in the OTD program.

Financial Information

Post-Professional Student Tuition (2015-2016 Academic Year)

Post-professional Student Tuition (2015-2016 Academic Year)

Tuition per credit hour


One-time technology fee (due at the time of the POTD 500 course)


Processing fee per course


Challenge Exam fee*


Video deposit and rental* (added for courses delivered in video format; $60 refunded for videos returned in good condition)


*May not apply

All rates are subject to change without notice. Student loan information is available on the Creighton University financial aid website.


Electronic bills for tuition and fees are issued to all registered students. Prior to the beginning of each semester, registered student will receive an email message in their Creighton email account stating that their eBill is available to view online through the NEST website. The initial billing notifications for registered students are sent mid-July for the fall semester, late December for the spring semester and early May for the summer session. Students who register later will receive their eBill notification email shortly after their registration is processed. 

Please visit the Business Office Page for more detailed information about billing and payment options.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Students withdrawing before the end of a semester will be charged tuition and recurring fees on the following basis:

Withdrawals and Refunds

During the first week


During the second week


During the third week


During the fourth week


During the fifth week


Over five weeks




The philosophical basis of the Department of Occupational Therapy is consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s philosophical base and standards. Central to the curriculum is the understanding of the value of occupation to the individual as a keystone to daily well being.

The objectives of the professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy program are to graduate therapists that:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level occupational therapy clinical skills.*
  2. Develop a new program or refine an existing one that enhances occupational therapy practice.
  3. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and insight into one’s professional behaviors to accurately appraise one’s strengths as well as areas for improvement.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to practice educational roles for clients, peers, students and others in community and clinical settings.
  5. Influence policy, practice and education by advocating for occupational therapy services for individuals and populations.
  6. Demonstrate the aptitude and characteristics to assume leadership roles at the local, national and international levels in occupational therapy, health professions and the community.
  7. Develop essential knowledge and skills to contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy through scholarly activities.
  8. Apply principles of ethics to individual, institutional and societal issues; articulate justifiable resolutions to these issues; and act in an ethical manner.

*Assumed to be accomplished by all Post-Professional OTD students.