Assessments & Evaluations

Counseling Services

Creighton University
Harper 1034, Ground floor
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2735

8:00-4:30 Monday
10:00-6:30 Tuesday
8:00-6:30 Wednesday
8:00-4:30 Thursday - Friday

Summer Hours

8:00-4:30 Monday - Friday

Psycho-Educational Evaluation

The Center for Health and Counseling can provide evaluation and management for students with attention issues and/or learning disabilities.

A psycho-educational evaluation is a formal diagnostic assessment by a psychologist or under the supervision of a psychologist. The purpose of this assessment is identification of a learning disorder and/or ADHD. Tests used measure cognitive functions. There is a $300 fee for an ADHD assessment and a $400 fee for the diagnostic learning assessment and it will be billed to your tuition statement. If a diagnosis should be made, the psychologist will determine if the nature of the learning disorder qualifies the student for reasonable accommodations under the American Disabilities Act.

If a disability is diagnosed after psychoeducational evaluation, a psychological report and comprehensive documentation will be prepared and released to Creighton University?s Office of Disability, with the student?s express written permission. This process enables the s student the use of reasonable academic accommodations within the University only.

If you experience a number of the following, you may want to consider an ADHD evaluation.

  • Inattention: fails to pay close attention to detail or makes careless mistakes; difficulty sustaining attention on tasks; does not seem to listen when spoken to directly; difficulty organizing, avoids/dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort; loses things; easily distracted by extraneous stimuli; forgetful
  • Hyperactivity or impulsivity: fidgety; hard to stay seated; runs about at inappropriate times; often "on the go"; talks excessively, interrupts; difficulty waiting or sitting quietly

ADHD Review Policy & Medication

Accurate diagnosis is important because the medications used for this disorder are often controlled substances, so please read the following information on how Creighton's Student Counseling Services Policy manages ADHD diagnosis and medication.

All students seeking medications for ADHD through the Student Health Services will be required to submit proof of prior assessments that confirm a diagnosis of ADHD. Assessments will be sent to the assessment review committee, currently Dr. David Martin and Carly Claney, MA. 
   
In order for prior assessments to be approved by the committee they must meet one of two criteria:

  1. The assessment and diagnosis must be made by a licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or psychiatric physician assistant.
  2. The assessment must be conducted by a licensed mental health practitioner with adequate training in psychological assessment and MUST include at least one valid and reliable psychometric measure of attention. 

If the committee does not approve the proof of prior assessments, the student will be recommended to take one of the following action steps:

  1. Complete a psychodiagnostic evaluation for ADHD with Creighton University Student Counseling Services, at the expense of the student ($300). Appointments can be made by calling our front desk at 402-280-2735.
    • To get a jump on the process, please complete the necessary forms.  The packet and payments forms will need to be completed before your first appointment.
  2. Complete a thorough evaluation in the community with a licensed mental health practitioner with adequate training in psychological assessment that includes at least one valid and reliable psychometric measure of attention.
  3. Receive referrals for other providers of ADHD medications in the community.

How do I get a refill for my ADHD medication?

If the above steps are sufficiently completed, Counseling Services will forward a recommendation to Health Services for a refill of medication. Ongoing appointments with a medical provider will be required every 3 months.

Personality Assessments

Psychologists and trainees in our center also offer personality assessments if recommended by a counselor.  These assessments are free of charge and are often used in conjunction with continued therapy to inform treatment.