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The Omaha Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Pathway

Earn your OTD degree in a full-time, traditional campus setting in an educational experience focused on innovation, collaborative care and service with others.

A Customized Clinical Education

Students directly develop their clinical education trajectories with individualized clinical advising from a dedicated team of faculty and staff.

We emphasize abstract, forward focused and creative approaches to OT and new innovations in practice, while assessing the needs of the OT profession.

We require 43.5 weeks of experiential education, consisting of:

Four Level I Experiences

(3.5 weeks)

  • Each experience has its own focus based on the curriculum
  • Prepare students for Level II experiences
  • Progressive exposure and responsibility
  • Much more in-depth than the average OT program

Two Level II Experiences

(12 weeks each, 24 weeks total)

  • Over 850 contracted clinical sites in the United States
  • Focus on becoming competent, entry-level practitioners

Doctoral Capstone

(14 weeks)

  • Special interest area—students can be very creative in designing their capstone
  • Individually planned
  • Develop in-depth skills in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education and theory development
  • Capstone project tied to the experience

International Clinical Opportunities


  • Level ID
  • Level IIB
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience
    • OT ILAC program in the Dominican Republic available as a three-week portion of the capstone experience with a focus on clinical care
  • Current contracts in Dominican Republic, Italy, United Kingdom, Uganda, Australia and China

Research Specialization

The Research Specialty Track is comprised of electives and core courses focused on scientific inquiry in occupational therapy research.

Students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty mentorship and to participate in a seminary series exploring critical questions, problems, and contemporary issues in occupational therapy research.

Interprofessional Education and Practice

Creighton University and our primary academic health partner, CHI Health, are national leaders in blending interprofessional collaborative practice with interprofessional education.

This innovative enterprise, the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER), brings together the whole team of healthcare professionals, drawing on all disciplines to treat the patient from every angle—leading to better patient care.

Through the CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center–University Campus, health sciences students can put their education into practice in everyday situations with real-time decision making.

OT student helping woman in wheelchair
OT student helping with motor skills

Making a Difference Through Service

True to our Jesuit, Catholic roots, Creighton OT students are involved in opportunities, both locally and internationally:

  • Autism Center of Nebraska
  • Jays for Peds
  • Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)

Omaha Pathway Outcomes

Elise Boyle, OTD’22
After graduation, Elise started her neurology fellowship at Creighton.
— Elise Boyle, OTD’22
Emily Costa, OTD’22
After graduation, Emily moved to Washington D.C. to work as an outpatient neurological and orthopedic occupational therapist.
— Emily Costa, OTD’22
Whitney Pirsig, OTD'22
After graduation, Whitney moved to Arizona to work as an occupational therapist at the Arizona Burn Center.
— Whitney Pirsig, OTD'22

About Omaha

Beyond Creighton’s campus, the University finds itself in the heartland of America, Omaha, Nebraska. With a population of nearly 830,000 people, Omaha offers a healthy mix of cosmopolitan sophistication and suburban relaxation.

A thriving food scene supported by some of the nation’s best local produce. A long list of excellent public and private schools throughout the city. Three entertainment districts, all within proximity of Creighton. Great people. World-class healthcare.

No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here in Omaha.

Office of Admission

Criss III Rm. 151

Pathway Coordinator

Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy,
Coordinator – Creighton Omaha Entry-Level Pathway

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