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Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Achieve your professional goals.

Preparing current occupational therapists for practice advancement

Gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to deliver high-quality, cost-effective interventions in occupational therapy practice. Through the online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Creighton University, current practicing occupational therapists can prepare for upper-level management positions in a diverse range of practice environments.

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. The post-professional program, which is open to students with bachelor’s or master’s OT degrees, can enhance your knowledge and skills as a practitioner leading to an enhanced career in areas of leadership, research, academics, professional and advance practice.

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faculty members are FAOTA

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alumni serve as OT program chairs

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doctorally prepared full-time faculty

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students complete a research project

Collaborate with Occupational Therapy experts in a flexible environment.

Creighton occupational therapy faculty are experts in their areas of practice, and many are also well known for their contributions to the profession, both nationally and internationally.

Students combine coursework in a professional area of their choosing with expert mentorship. The program allows you to design a plan of study that fits your busy life. Take one course at a time or take on multiple courses.

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Dr. Angela Patterson teaching in POTD classroom

Technical Support and Assistance

All students in the School are provided with dedicated technical support and assistance through the student service desk. To contact the service desk, use the myIT portal or call extension 1111. Wondering if a distance pathway is right for you? Take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment.

The Post-Professional OTD distance curriculum consists of 42 semester hours of required didactic coursework for students with a master’s degree and 54 semester hours for students with a bachelor’s degree. Distance learners access the course through various technologies provided by the School. Courses are asynchronous and available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to didactic courses, students engage in 15 semester credit hours of doctoral  capstone experience, which offer the opportunity to extend and refine knowledge gained. The doctoral experiential component of the curriculum is tailored to each individual, based on a self-assessment of professional competencies. Students may elect to enhance generalist clinical skills or select a focused area for professional study. Whenever possible, doctoral experiential components will be arranged at practice sites in the student’s geographic region.

The Post-Professional OTD students enrolls new students each fall semester.

Coursework

Hrs

Core Courses (21 credits)

 

POTD 550 Occupation, Community, and Health: Population Perspectives*

3

POTD 551 Advocacy and Leadership

3

POTD 562 Advanced Clinical Ethics

3

POTD 565 Instructional Methods

3

POTD 650 Professional Literature and Research

3

POTD 651  Research Proposal

3

POTD 700 Capstone Planning                                                                         

3

Electives (MA/MS = 6 credits; BA/BS = 18 credits)** 

POTD 420  Spirituality

3

POTD 530 Grant Writing

3

POTD 531 American Professoriate

3

POTD 552 Neuro-Occupation and Technology

3

POTD 557 Program Development and Management

3

POTD 586   Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)

3

POTD 599  Independent Study

3

IPE 512 China Honors Interprofessional Program (CHIP)

3

Experiential (15 credits)***

 

POTD 701   Capstone I (Research Implementation)

3

POTD 702  Capstone II (Manuscript Writing)

3

POTD 703  Capstone III

9

 

*POTD 550 is the first course students are required to complete. There is a two-day, on-campus requirement for this course. A one-time technology fee must be paid before leaving campus.

** Students may take up to 6 credits of outside electives to count toward the POTD total credit hour requirement (e.g., Lifestyle Medicine, Healthcare Ethics).

***The doctoral capstone component​ may vary in number; each student must complete 15 credit hours in total. All Students are required to dedicate 6 credit hours of capstone to their research trajectory courses and 9 credits to their individually designed capstone experience.

 

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral (POTD) Program Goals

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

  1. Demonstrate entry-level occupational therapy clinical skills.*
  2. Develop a new or refine an existing program that enhances occupational therapy practice.
  3. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and insight into one’s professional behaviors to accurately appraise one’s professional disposition strengths and areas for improvement.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to practice educative roles for clients, peers, students, and others in community and clinical settings.
  5. Influence policy, practice and education by advocating for occupational therapy services for individuals and populations and for the profession.
  6. Demonstrate leadership aptitude and characteristics to assume leadership roles at the local, national and international levels in occupational therapy, health professions, and the community.
  7. Develop essential knowledge and skills to contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy through scholarly activities.
  8. 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.

 

*Goal 1 is assumed to be accomplished by all post-professional OTD students.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Lampe, A., Jewell, V. D., Dunn, R., Lawson, T., Stewart, E., & Linhart, J. (2020). Career Goals and Student Perceptions of a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral Experiential Component. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (2). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss2/11 
  • Watson, M. (2020). BALANCED: A community balance and exercise program. OT Practice, 25(11), 28-30.
  • Bonzani, P., Jewell, V. D., & White, B. P. (2020). A Comparison of Modified Team-Based Learning and Lecture-Based Instruction in Occupational Therapy Education. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (4). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss4/6 
  • Lavine, D. & Greiner, B. (2020). Occupational therapy in mainland China: Status, challenges, and future directions. Annals of international Occupational Therapy, 3(1): 38-44 https://doi.org/10.3928/24761222-20190813-04\
  • Morrow, N., Townsend, B., Jewell, V. D., Bahle-Lampe, A., & Qi, Y. (2020). Retrospective Analysis of Graduates’ Outcomes in a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (4). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss4/12 
  • Jewell, V.D., Capistran, K., Flecky, K., Qi, Y., & Fellman, S. (2020). Prediction of falls in acute care using The Morse Fall Risk Scale, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 34(4) https://doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2020.1815928
  • Kerr, L., Jewell, V.D., & Jensen, L. (2020).  A systematic review of stretching and splinting interventions for post-stroke spasticity, hand function, and functional tasks.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(5), 7405205050.
  • Belarmino, J., Smith, S., & Jewell, V.D. (2020). Exploring the usage of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health in pediatric occupational therapy. Annals of International Occupational Therapy, 3(2), 69-77. https://doi.org/10.3928/24761222-20191125-01 
  • Swiatek, D., & Jewell, V. D. (2020).  Cognitive evaluation:  Is it time to require standardized assessments? Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 18(1), Article 12, https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1883&context=ijahsp 
  • Belarmino, J., & Bahle-Lampe, A. (2019). A preliminary historical report on embracing online education in occupational therapy. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(3), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1554 
  • Bennett, L., Jewell, V.D., Scheirton, L., McCarthy, M., & Muir, B.C. (2019).  Productivity standards and the impact on quality of care in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(4), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-64008.1598 
  • Burgess, G., & Jensen, L.E. (2019). Occupational therapy for adults with brain tumors in the acute care setting. Neurorehabilitation, 45(2), 151-161. https://doi.org/10.3233/NRE-192799
  • Coppola, A. C., Coppard, B. M., & Qi, Y. (2019). Impact of Participation in an Interprofessional Acute Care High-Fidelity Simulation for Occupational and Physical Therapy Graduate Students. Journal of Allied Health, 48(4), 248-256. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31800654/ 
  • Watford, P., Jewell, V.D., & Atler, K. (2019).  Increasing meaningful occupation for women who provide care for their spouse: A pilot study.  OTJR: Occupation, Participation, & Health, 39(4), 213-221. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449219829849 
  • Watson, M., Jewell, V.D., & Smith, S. (2018).  Journey interrupted:  A phenomenological exploration of miscarriage.  Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(3), Article 7. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1439 
  • Villasenor, R., Smith, S., & Jewell, V.D. (2018).  A systematic review of sound-based interventions to improve school-related abilities in children with sensory processing dysfunction.  Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, 11(2), 223-233. https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2018.1432444 
  • Burgess, G., & Jewell, V.D. (2018).  Occupational therapists’ perspectives on binocular diplopia in neurorehabilitation: A national survey.  NeuroRehabilitation, 42, 223–233 https://doi.org/10.3233/NRE-172263 
  • Boehne, T., & Jewell, V.D. (2018).  Impact on quality of life following the implantable miniature telescope procedure.  Activities, Adaptation, & Aging, 42(3), 197-209 https://doi.org/10.1080/01924788.2017.1398032 
  • Russell, M., Jewell, V.D., Poskey, G., & Russell, A. (2018).  Enteral feeding and its impact on family mealtime routines for caregivers of children with cerebral palsy: A mixed method study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(1), 25-34. https://doi.org//10.1111/1440-1630.12418
  • Laverdure, P., & Willmer, B. (2018). Using an outdoor voice.  Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 11(4), 474-484. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2018.1557396
  • Grady, S.Brungardt, K., & Doll, J. (2018).  The impact of cultural awareness and sensitivity in occupational therapy students. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.
  • Lampe, A., Watson, M., Belarmino, J.A., & Misciagno, S. (September 2018).  Balancing work, family, and school: An occupational juggling act. OT Practice.
  • Swiatek, D., & Jewell, V.D. (2018). LGBT Seniors: Including the Invisible Population. Occupational Therapy Practice, 23(6), 16-19. https://doi.org/10.7138/otp.2018.2306.f2.
  • Dahlhauser, S.E., Theuer, A., & Hollman, J. (2017). Satisfaction and Occupational Performance in Patients with Functional Movement Disorder. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 5: Iss. 2, Article 5. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1287.
  • Henderson, W., Coppard, B., & Qi, Y. (2017). Identifying Instructional Methods for Development of Clinical Reasoning in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Education: A Mixed Methods Design. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 1 (2). Retrieved from http://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol1/iss2/1.
  • Henderson, W. (2016). Development of a Clinical Performance Assessment Tool for an Occupational Therapy Teaching Clinic. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 4: Iss. 3, Article 7. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1217.
  • Johnson, K.C., & Gabriel, L.S. (2017). Continuing Competence Trends of Occupational Therapy Practitioners. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1268.
  • Preethy S. Samuel, Christina N. Marsack, Lisa A. Johnson, Barbara W. LeRoy, Catherine L. Lysack & Peter A. Lichtenberg (2017). Impact of Grandchild Caregiving on African American Grandparents, Occupational Therapy In Health Care, 31:1, 1-19, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2016.1243821.
  • Russell, M., & Bahle-Lampe, A. (2016). The care for the dying: A critical historical analysis of occupational therapy in hospice. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(2), Article 12. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1216.

Grants

  • Watson, M. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Travel Award.  2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis, MO.
  • Belarmino, J.A. AA Global Scholars Travel Grant. Exploring the Usage of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. 

 

AOTA Evidence Exchange

  • Belarmino, J.A., & Smith, S.L. (2017). Critically appraised paper for “Effects of the patient-centered environment program on behavioral and emotional problems in home-dwelling patients with dementia”, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 41(12), 40-48. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project. Available from [available soon].
  • Burkley, J., & Smith, S.L. (2017). Critically appraised paper for “Influence of therapy ball seats on attentional ability in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 24(11), 1177-1182. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project. Available from [available soon].
  • Henderson, W., & Smith, S. (2017). Critically appraised paper for “Using concept mapping to evaluate knowledge structure in problem-based learning.” BMC Medical Education15(1), 1-9. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available from [available soon].
  • Scott, S., & Smith, S.L. (2017). Critically appraised paper for “Effects of an educational-behavioral joint protection program on people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial.” Clinical Rheumatology, 26(12), 2043-2050. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project.  Available from [available soon].
  • Watson, M., & Smith, S. (2017). “Lengacher, C. A., Reich, R. R., Paterson, C. L., Ramesar, S., Park, J. Y., Alinat, C., & … Kip, K. E. (2016). Examination Of Broad Symptom Improvement Resulting From Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction In Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal Of Clinical Oncology, 34(24), 2827-2834. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2015.65.7874”.  This was completed as part of POTD 541: Critical Analysis.

 

Presentations

  • Novak, L., & Piernik-Yoder, B. (2019). Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community: Fostering Success & Integration for Persons Living with Dementia. (Conversations that Matter). American Occupational Therapy Association. New Orleans, LA. 
  • Watford, P., Jewell, V.D., & Atler, K. (2019). Addressing the needs of female spousal caregiver through journaling and a time use log. (Featured Yong Scientist Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. New Orleans, LA. 
  • Russell, M., Jewell, V.D., Poskey, G., & Russell, A. (2019). A Mixed-Method Study Examining Family Mealtime Experiences in Caregivers of Gastrostomy-Tube-Fed Children with Cerebral Palsy (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. New Orleans, LA. 
  • Jewell, V.D., Griswold, L.A., & Phillips, S. (2019). The Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment: A Means to Develop Students’ Professional Reasoning. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. New Orleans, LA. 
  • Belarmino, J.A., & Jewell, V.D. (2019). Linking the International Classification of Functioning (ICF), Disability, and Health to OT Older Adult Interventions. (Scientific Research Panel).
  • Belarmino, J.A., & Bahle-Lampe, A. (2018). Online education in occupational therapy: A historical perspective (Panel Presentation). American Occupational Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Belarmino, J.A., Smith, S., & Jewell, V.D. (2018). Exploring the usage of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in pediatric occupational therapy. (Featured Young Scientist Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Bennet, L. & Jewell, V.D. (2018). Ethical Management of Rising Productivity Requirements in Clinical Practice. (Short Course). American Occupational Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Henderson, W., & Coppard, B. (2018). Identifying instructional methods for the development of clinical reasoning in entry level occupational therapy education. (Featured Young Scientist Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Henderson, W., Barrow, C., & Brennan, B. (2018). Why wait? Initiating range of motion the day after a skin graft to the burned hand. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Basic Concepts in Brachial Plexus Injuries. (Guest Lecture). Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University – Zhongshan. Shijiazhuang, China.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Basic Concepts in Brachial Plexus Injuries. (Guest Lecture). Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University – Xiang Jiang. Shijiazhuang, China.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Distal Humerus Fractures. (Guest Lecture). Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University – Xiang Jiang. Shijiazhuang, China.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Basic Concepts in Brachial Plexus Injuries. (Guest Lecture). Rehabilitation Conference - Jingdong Zhongmei Hospital. Langfang. China.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Sensory Systems. (Distance Guest Lecture). Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fujian, China.
  • Lavine, D. (2018). Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Distance Guest Lecture). Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fujian, China.
  • Misciagno, S. (2018). Aging in Place. (Guest Lecture). Durham Technical Community College COTA Program. Durham, North Carolina.
  • Misciagno, S. (2018). Cultural humility and ethical practice. (Guest Lecture). University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill MSOT Program. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Watson, M. (2018). Guest lecture at Washington University. St Louis, MO.
  • Bennett, L.  (2017). Ethics conference on Physician-Assisted Society: Columbia, MO.
  • Bennett, L. & Sehorn, S. (2017). Infant Mental Health. North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association. North Carolina.
  • Boehne, T. The implantable miniature telescope as a treatment option for individuals with end-stage age-related macular degeneration. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Boehne, T., & Jewell, V.D. (2017).  The Implantable Miniature Telescope and the Impact on Quality of Life: A Mixed Methods Study. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association.  Philadelphia, PA.
  •  Henderson, W. (2017). Development of Clinical Performance Assessment Tool to Assess Performance of Occupational Therapy Students Engaged in On-Site Clinical Education. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Henderson, W. (2017). Use of Various Instructional Methods to Teach Clinical Reasoning. OT Education Summit. Texas.
  • Henderson, W., Bernat, P., Cunningham, J., Evans, H., Seley, K., & Turner, L. (2017). Using Occupation-Based Outcome Measures to Determine the Effect of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment-BIG on Occupational Performance. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Henderson, W., Coates, N., Kohlschreiber, A., Mocarski, A., & Montalto, K. (2017). Development of a Functional Evaluation Program for a Community’s Paratransit Services. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jackson, L., Boehne, T., & Patterson, A. (2017). Telehealth: Ethical Considerations for Occupational Therapy (Short Course). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jewell, V., & Phillips, S. (2017).  The Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment: A Tool to Capture Occupation-Centered Practice (guest lecture). University of New Hampshire.  Durham, NH.
  • Jewell, V.D., Coppard, B., Coffelt, K., Henderson, W., Villasenor, R. (2017). A Day in the Life of a POTD Student.  (Panel). American Occupational Therapy Association.  Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jewell, V.D., Lohman, H., Stoffer, K., & Joson, K. (2017). Hip and Kneed Best Practices in an Ever Changing Healthcare Environment. (Short Course).  American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kerr, L., & Coppard, B. (2017). Sensation and Stroke: Assessment and Intervention of Upper Extremity Sensation Loss. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Johnson, L., Jewell, V.D., & Smith, S. (2017). Occupational Performance Coaching for Parents of Picky Eaters. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Russell, M. (2017). Enteral feeding and its impact on family mealtime routines for caregivers of children with cerebral palsy: A mixed method study. 27th European Academy of Childhood Disability. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Villasenor, R., Smith, S., & Jewell, V. (2017). A Systematic Review of Sound-Based Interventions to Improve School-Related Abilities. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Watson, M., & Jewell, V.D. (2017). Journey Interrupted: A Phenomenological Exploration of Miscarriage. (Poster). American Occupational Therapy Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Watson, M. (2017). A Matter of Balance Program (AgeSmart). Clinical guest speaker.

 

Advocacy/Leadership/Promotions/Certifications

  • Marit Watson - Perinatal Mental Health Certification
  • Patricia Watford - Augusta University in Georgia - Assistant Professor
  • Laura Novak was appointed the Texas OT Association Alamo South District Legislative and Political Affairs Chair and has a new faculty appointment at UT Health- San Antonio
  • Lisa Johnson was appointed as the Advocacy & Policy Coordinator for the AOTA’s Sensory Integration and Processing Special Interest Section Standing Committee.
  • Marit Waston is the Military Specialized Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. 
  • Sarah Phillips accepted an Adjunct Faculty position at the College of St. Katherine’s and Rockhurst University!
  • Cassandra Ginn accepted an Assistant Professor position at Eastern Kentucky University!
  • Leslie Bennett was promoted to a tenure-track faculty position at Sage College!
  • Laura Novak and Chizo Okorafor participated in the Texas OT Association Day at the Capitol in Austin, TX!
  • Marit Watson assumed the role as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association!
  • Kimberly Godwin as the Legal/Political Chair for the North Carolina OT Association
  • Kimberly Godwin - Methodist University Adjunct Faculty
“My 16 DEC credits have been the ultimate culmination of my 63-credit degree. I feel the opposite of done—I feel ready to launch; like I’m at the top of my game.”
— Megan Trifilo, POTD Graduate
“I chose Creighton Occupational Therapy because they were known for their innovation and I knew they would not only prepare me for the realities of current practice but equip me to be on the front line of creating change for practice of the future.”
— Amy Lamb, OTD’00, BSOT’98, Past President of AOTA