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The Phoenix Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Pathway

The Phoenix pathway builds on Creighton’s long history of excellence in OTD education. Students in the Phoenix program are uniquely part of Creighton’s new interprofessional campus of health sciences students across multiple professions.

The hybrid pathway includes on-campus components and online courses in a learning environment focused on innovation, collaborative care and addressing the health needs in the Southwest.

The Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix

Located in midtown Phoenix, the state-of-the-art 195,000 square-foot Health Sciences campus is designed to promote interactive and interdisciplinary learning for future clinicians in physical therapy. Our facility includes a fully equipped rehabilitation laboratory, anatomy lab, acute care lab, simulation and patient suites, gait and motion analysis laboratories and more.

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A Space Designed for Collaborative Learning

Creighton’s Phoenix campus opened in 2021, offering students more than 6,000 square feet of simulation space.

In the school’s nine labs, learners gain hands-on experience with standardized patients, home care environments and more.

By 2025, we project that the Phoenix campus will be home to nearly 1,000 health sciences students.

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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 (Optional)

  • 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

Prepare to Be a Dynamic Occupational Therapy Practitioner

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Interprofessional Education and Practice

Creighton University is a national leader 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 health care professionals, drawing on all disciplines to treat the patient from every angle—leading to better patient care.

Health sciences students can put their education into practice in everyday situations with real-time decision making.

Students doing service outside clinic

Making a Difference Through Service

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

  • First Place
  • Jays for Peds
  • Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)
  • St. Vincent de Paul’s Virginia G. Piper Medical Clinic

Addressing the Healthcare Shortage

The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance is an important addition to Phoenix’s healthcare community, which faces a critical shortage of healthcare professionals to serve the region’s diverse population. The Creighton Alliance provides Creighton students essential hands-on patient-care experience at mission-focused Phoenix healthcare facilities.

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Largest city in the nation


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Fastest growing city in the U.S.

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In healthcare quality

–U.S. News &World Report

Office of Admission

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Pathway Coordinator

Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L, FNAP
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy,
Coordinator – Creighton Phoenix Entry-Level Hybrid Pathway

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