Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Phoenix, AZ

First enrollment planned for the Fall of 2021.

Students working


The mission of the Creighton University Department of Occupational Therapy is to educate ethical practitioners, engage in scholarship dedicated to the pursuit of truth, serve the profession and offer occupational therapy expertise to local and global communities. The Creighton University occupational therapy graduate will be creative, holistic, reflective and committed to lifelong learning. Therefore, the department will value and honor diversity, model and foster leadership and facilitate spiritual, personal and professional growth.

Curriculum Philosophy

In the Jesuit tradition, a primary focus of the OTD curriculum is to seek the truths and values essential to human life. Our program holds the belief that the intrinsic and unique value of human beings is expressed through occupation, and that the deepest purpose of each man and woman is to create, enrich and share life through human community.

We believe we should strive for a human community of justice, respect and mutual concern. The OTD curriculum integrates these beliefs into a response to important trends in occupational therapy practice and health care. The OTD Program prepares you to become an excellent practitioner and leader who is able to translate theoretical and philosophical tenets into every-day practice and who can influence a variety of systems toward health and wellness through occupation.

Our vision is to be nationally recognized for scholarship, research, teaching and learning, and the quality and professional excellence of our graduates and faculty as ethical leaders providing occupation and evidence-based care and service for individuals and the global society.

Our curriculum encompasses three primary themes: occupation, professional practice and professional identity. The curriculum is built around the nesting of these themes so you begin engaging in them as soon as you enter the program and continue to build on them throughout the curriculum. Leadership and Ignatian values are also interwoven within the curriculum. We provide you with unique professional formation development through professional trajectory coursework in emerging and specialty areas of occupational therapy.

View the OTD curriculum layout by semester.

Program Description

In 2021, the Occupational Therapy program will open a new pathway/location in Phoenix, AZ. Serving around 900 health science students across multiple professions, the 180,000-square-foot health sciences campus will address growing shortages of Arizona health care professionals while sparking significant economic growth throughout the region. The Creighton Phoenix pathway of the OTD program will be a part of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance with close relationships to Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health, and District Medical Group, Inc.

For all Creighton OTD pathways, course lectures are available to students online at their preferred times and locations, delivered by esteemed OT faculty. Students are expected to use a variety of technologies to engage in the didactic portions of the program curriculum and learning experiences. Lab components for respective courses will occur face-to-face on the Creighton Phoenix Health Sciences campus. Fulltime OT faculty at the Phoenix campus will work closely with faculty at the Omaha campus to instruct hands-on lab components of the curriculum. In addition, a fulltime Academic Program Coordinator on the Phoenix campus will administer, direct, and oversee the Phoenix location of the OTD program.

The goal of all Creighton OTD hybrid pathways is to create a learning environment that mirrors what students would experience on Creighton’s Omaha campus, while addressing the societal needs in their respective geographic locations. Each pathway builds upon the program’s long history of excellence in Doctor of Occupational Therapy education.


The Phoenix academic site of the Creighton University entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has obtained ACOTE accreditation.

The entry-level program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) located at:

6116 Executive Boulevard,
Suite 200 North Bethesda,
MD. 20852-4929

Phone: 301.652.2682

More information on ACOTE can be found at

The Creighton entry-level program is accredited until the 2020-21 academic year. The next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.