Occupational Therapy is the art and science of facilitating well-being through occupation. The term “occupation” represents the flow of activities that fill a person’s life and that have an effect on his or her health. The profession is particularly concerned with how people construct meaningful lives individually and in community. Occupational Therapy views people as multidimensional beings, blending knowledge from the biological and social sciences into a unique, distinct and holistic profession.

Creighton University offers a unique opportunity for doctoral level study in Occupational Therapy. Creighton’s program is the first entry-level occupational therapy professional doctorate in the country. Since 1999, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) has been the sole professional occupational therapy degree offered to students matriculating into the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

Creighton Doctor of Occupational Therapy Prerequisites

A baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 1 of the desired year of entry. 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. Personal interview and three letters of recommendation are required in the admission process. 

Theology, Philosophy and/or Ethics (such as Magis Core Foundations THL or PHL)3
Culture, Ideas and/or Civilizations (includes history, world religions, American studies, world literature, or women's studies)3
Human Anatomy (BMS 311 or PHA 213; for other options ask the School of Pharmacy & Health Professions Admissions Office)3-4
English Composition (ENG 150)3
Research or Statistics course (SOC 312, SOC 316, PSY 211, PSY 313, PSY 315, MTH 363, or EXS 407; for other options ask the School of Pharmacy & Health Professions Admissions Office)3
Psychology (PSY 201 and either PSY 271, PSY 341, PSY 342, or PSY 351)6
Medical Terminology (OTD 215)1