Creighton, Regis to Partner in Unique Degree Program

Creighton, Regis to Partner in Unique Degree Program

For the first time in history, two American Jesuit institutions of higher learning will partner to offer hybrid online and campus-based joint instruction for a degree program.

This fall, Creighton University and Regis University of Denver will work together to provide a doctoral of occupational therapy (OTD) degree program. The Creighton Regis Occupational Therapy Collaboration is the first and only partnership of its kind among Jesuit universities.

“We are immensely pleased to set out on this new partnership together with a fellow Jesuit institution,” said J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D., dean of the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. “To be able to train a new generation of practitioners and leaders to serve Colorado and the greater Rocky Mountain region in the occupational therapy discipline is a great trust Creighton and Regis have willingly and solemnly accepted. We look forward to a fruitful partnership that can benefit the people of Colorado, the nation and the world.”

Students from Regis will begin the path to their OTD degrees with all didactic coursework being undertaken online, taught and administered by Creighton faculty and staff, respectively. Laboratory components of the curriculum and experiential learning will be completed on the Regis campus and at other locations around the state of Colorado. Throughout the program, students will have ready access to academic support and career mentoring from Creighton faculty. At the successful conclusion of the program, students will earn a Creighton University diploma.

Creighton and Regis are embarking upon this partnership to address a growing shortage of occupational therapy practitioners in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. There is also evidence of skyrocketing demand for occupational therapy jobs nationally. A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study predicts more than 30,000 new occupational therapist jobs will be created by 2022.

“There is a real and growing need for occupational therapists, and this program will help create some of the best practitioners in the country, right here in Colorado,” said Susan Scherer, Ph.D., associate dean of the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis.