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Post-Professional OTD

Unlock new possibilities with a POTD degree

In one of the first clinical occupational therapy doctorate programs of its kind in the country, occupational therapists gain advanced clinical, practice management, teaching and administrative skills.

Through this online program, current practicing occupational therapists from around the world can take the next step in their careers in a schedule that fits their needs.

POTD Curriculum

Creighton’s Post-Professional OTD distance curriculum focuses on providing flexibility and quality content.

We make it easy for working professionals to engage in the required coursework through web-based technology, plus print, video, and other materials. You may complete your courses at a pace that works best to accommodate your already-established personal and professional commitments.

Students with a master’s degree are required to complete 42 semester hours of required didactic coursework or 54 semester hours for students with a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to didactic courses, students engage in 15 semester credit hours of doctoral capstone experience. Whenever possible, doctoral experiential components will be arranged at practice sites in the student’s geographic region.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the POTD program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and insight into one’s professional behaviors to accurately appraise one’s professional disposition strengths and areas for improvement.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to practice educative roles for clients, peers, students, and others in community and clinical settings.
  3. Influence policy, practice and education by advocating for occupational therapy services for individuals and populations and for the profession.
  4. Demonstrate leadership aptitude and characteristics to assume leadership roles at the local, national and international levels in occupational therapy, health professions, and the community.
  5. Develop essential knowledge and skills to contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy through scholarly activities.
  6. Apply principles and constructs of ethics to individual, institutional and societal issues, and articulate justifiable resolutions to these issues and act in an ethical manner.
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Faculty members are Fellows of the AOTA

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Of students submitted and/or published an article prior to graduating

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alumni serve as OT program chairs

Earn a certificate to advance your career.

As part of the curriculum, students will complete electives, which may be taken from a variety of occupational therapy courses or from other areas that align with certificates available through Creighton’s Graduate School.

A certificate can hone your knowledge even further and position yourself for leadership opportunities and your specific career goals.

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The rich curriculum forces students to explore a broad range of advanced occupational therapy areas, beyond the core curriculum, this content pushed me to grow professionally.
— Amanda Wise, BSOT’98, MS’19, OTD’21

Office of Admission

Office of Admission
Criss III, Rm. 151