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Occupational Therapy Early Assurance Program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program offers an Early Assurance Program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program offers an Early Assurance Program designed for high school students interested in early admission to the Creighton University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. Students admitted to a Creighton University undergraduate college are given assurance of acceptance to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program if they meet certain criteria for admission and progression into the OTD program after a minimum of two years undergraduate study. If Early Assurance criteria is met, the applicant will complete a simplified OTCAS application and an alternative interview process.

  • Designed for high school students interested in early admission to the Creighton University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.
  • Students admitted to Creighton University are given assurance of acceptance to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program if they meet certain criteria for admission and progression into the OTD program.
  • Simplified OTCAS application is required prior to entry to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

Admission Requirements For High School Students

  • Prior admission to an undergraduate program of study at Creighton University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Must apply by January 15 prior to freshman year enrollment to the Early Assurance Program.
  • Minimum High School GPA of 3.5 or higher (Special consideration may be given to students whose GPA’s fall outside this criterion with additional review by the OT Admission committee).

Requirements to be met in years 1 and 2 at Creighton, in order to progress on to the OTD professional curriculum:

  • Take ALL prerequisite/pre-professional coursework at Creighton University. Courses taken for college credit/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.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0.
  • No grade below a C in any prerequisite course.
  • Full participation in the Creighton Edge Pre-Occupational Therapy learning community while enrolled in the pre-professional portion of the curriculum (years 1 and 2). 
  • 30 hours of work or shadowing in an occupational therapy setting after acceptance into the program and by the end (August 1st) of year 2.
  • Submit an OTCAS Application by October 1st, the year prior to enrollment in the OTD professional curriculum.
  • Successful completion of a progression interview, demonstrating growth in knowledge of the profession and strong communication/interpersonal skills.
  • Pass a criminal background check prior to official enrollment in the professional program.
  • Review and sign the technical standards document to acknowledge compliance with technical standards needed to successfully complete the OTD curriculum and practice the profession of occupational therapy.
  • Any withdrawal from a prerequisite course may impact a candidate’s ability to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Office of Admissions prior to withdrawing from prerequisite coursework. After the withdrawal has occurred, Early Assurance students will be required to submit a written appeal to the admission committee to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Course withdrawals will be considered by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis.

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Office of Admission

Criss III Rm. 151
402.280.2662
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