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Creighton Undergrad Preference for OT

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program: Creighton Undergrad Preference

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program preferential admission consideration

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program gives preferential admission consideration to Creighton Undergraduate students who complete all prerequisite coursework at Creighton. Benefits of the Creighton Preference include:

  • Baccalaureate degree in any major accepted with a 3.25 GPA in all prerequisites
  • Guaranteed interview with a 3.25 overall GPA
  • Option of a formalized deferral program for one year if admitted and, if they remain enrolled during that year, a 3.25 Science GPA is maintained


To qualify for the Creighton Preference, students must:

  • Participate in Student Success programming
  • Take ALL prerequisite coursework at Creighton University (Courses taken for college/advanced placement prior to high school graduation will not result in ineligibility, however any prerequisite courses taken at other institutions after high school graduation will result in ineligibility)
  • Submit an online application to the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Admission Office by October 1  of the academic year prior to enrollment in the professional program. Students unable to meet one or more of these criteria are encouraged to apply for admission

Course Prerequisite Requirements

Entrance into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program for fall 2020 or later requires a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of prerequisite coursework.

Prerequisite courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution and must be completed with a grade of C or better (a C- grade is not acceptable). All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 1 of the desired year of entry.

CoursesSemester Hours

Theology, Philosophy and/or Ethics 


Culture, Ideas and/or Civilizations 




Introduction to Psychology


Abnormal Psychology or Human Development


English Composition




Medical Terminology

Electives (including six hours of Theology)38


Student Success

The Student Success pre-occupational therapy learning community furthers understanding of the profession, and provides helpful instruction on how to be a competitive applicant. The Office of Admission and the faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are actively engaged in providing ideas for Student Success programming and work closely with the Student Success program leadership to implement ideas that are in the best interest of our future applicants.

Some recent and planned programming includes interviewing tips workshops, application tips workshops, panels, program information sessions, and seminars devoted to helping students develop their own individual plan for successful application to professional school.

Program Details

Fulfillment of basic requirements or participation in the Student Success program does not guarantee admission. Admission is based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for successful, competent practice as an occupational therapist.

Candidates are also evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and objectives of the OTD program. 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 required that prospective students spend time observing occupational therapists at work in their communities.

Office of Admission

Criss III Rm. 151