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Department of Occupational Therapy

Advancing Occupational Therapy

We launched the country’s first entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program in 1999, and from the start, we have been committed to improving the lives of others.  

Today, we have four pathways: a traditional campus in Omaha and hybrid pathways in Phoenix, Anchorage and Denver.

A Transformative Education

Creighton University’s health sciences programs lead the nation in innovation, collaborative care and service to others. 

Here we like to say we educate the whole person. That means you’ll find the opportunities, interdisciplinary approach and faculty to become a highly competent, empathetic, passionate, principled global citizen—a Creighton graduate. 

Stat Top 20
Top 20

OT Program in the nation

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Faculty members recognized as AOTA Fellows

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Average pass rate on the National Occupational Therapy Exam

Stat 70k+

Starting salary for most graduates

Department of Occupational Therapy Philosophy

The philosophical base of the Department of Occupational Therapy is consistent with the Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2006).

Humans are self-directed, adaptive, occupational beings. As such, their development (emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive and biological) occurs in the context of occupation. Learning comes about through immersed exploration of diverse practice environments, collaboration, service, reflection and creative thinking. In the view of the Department, teaching is enabling, knowledge is understanding and learning is the active construction of subject matter.

We believe learning is contextual in three ways:

  1. New knowledge is acquired by extending and revising prior knowledge
  2. New ideas acquire meaning when they are presented in a coherent relationship to one another
  3. Knowledge becomes usable when it is acquired in situations that entail applications to concrete problem-solving

Our faculty desires to actively engage learners, draw upon their power as emerging professionals and integrate occupational therapy knowledge through discussion, reflection, evaluation and self-directed learning.

Occupational Therapy Education at Creighton

Kelsey Russell, Occupational Therapy Student
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The mission of the Creighton University Department of Occupational Therapy is to educate reflective practitioners, engage in scholarship dedicated to the pursuit of truth, serve the profession and offer occupational therapy expertise to local and global communities.

The Creighton University occupational therapy graduate will be creative, ethical, holistic, strategic, and committed to lifelong learning. Therefore, the department will value and honor diversity, model and foster leadership and facilitate spiritual, personal and professional growth.


Within the Jesuit tradition, we envision the Department of Occupational Therapy to be nationally recognized for scholarship, research, teaching and learning, and the quality and professional excellence of its graduates and faculty as ethical leaders providing occupation and evidence-based care and service for individuals and the global society.

Postgraduate OT Fellowship Programs

Take your career plans to the next level by becoming a specialist and leader in your area of practice. Creighton’s occupational therapy fellowship programs are specifically designed for those who are new graduates or early in their professional careers.

Our Pediatric, Neurology, and Gerontology fellowship programs are approved through AOTA.

Occupational Therapy Lab

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) educational standard, A.2.6, states that, “The program must document policies and procedures to ensure that the program director and faculty are aware of and abide by the current code of ethics of the profession of occupational therapy.” In accordance with this standard, this policy governs only those instances where allegations of violations of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics are brought forth.


The faculty within the Department of Occupational Therapy is committed to maintaining the educational programs and professional behaviors that meet or exceed accreditation standards. Each year, faculty members in the Occupational Therapy Department are asked to review the Code of Ethics and sign a statement explicating that they are aware of and will abide by the Code. The Occupational Therapy Program is committed to helping individuals correct any behavior that may be in contradiction to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. Faculty members or other stakeholders are encouraged to voice and discuss concerns they have about a violation of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. In cases where a formal complaint is deemed necessary, established procedures will be followed.

How to File an Ethics Complaint

For Further Information About the Code of Ethics, Please Contact:

Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Chair of Department of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 402.280.5938
Fax: 402.280.5692

The programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy within the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions meet the appropriate and relevant degree requirements for licensure for all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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