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 online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Creighton University, current practicing occupational therapists 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 with Bachelor’s or Master’s OT degrees, can enhance their knowledge and skills as a practitioner leading them to an enhanced career. 

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.

The Post-Professional OTD students enrolls new students each fall semester.

Plan of Study Course List 2016.



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 


POTD 556 Manuscript Writing


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. Our on-campus POTD 500 dates are as follows:

  • Fall 2017: Wednesday – Friday, September 13-15, 2017
  • Fall 2018: Wednesday – Friday, September 12-14, 2018
  • Fall 2019: Wednesday - Friday, September 11 – 13, 2019


2Post-Professional doctoral experiential component​s may vary in number; each student must complete 16 credit hours. Students may take between four and 16 credits 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 in the past five years 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

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