UAA/Creighton University Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program


The University of Alaska Anchorage has created an initiative with Creighton University that admits up to 10 students each fall term to the professional entry-level occupational therapy program. Enrolled students have classes in both a traditional and distance format with labs held on the UAA campus. This unique model is a melding of both asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning.

The length of the program is three and a half years. Throughout each semester students take full-time course loads each term and also participate in clinical internships during their second and third summers. A fter successful completion of the program, students will receive an OTD (Occupational Therapy Doctorate) from Creighton University and be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

Prerequisites and Curriculum

All of the prerequisite courses needed for entrance into this program can be taken at UAF while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree. For a full list of the pre-requisite’s please refer to Creighton’s webpage concerning this particular topic.  

For the full three-year expected curriculum please refer to UAA”s page concerning the Professional Doctorate in Occupational therapy.

Laptop Program

Students in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program will be provided with a tablet computer that is leased on their behalf by the School. This is the only computer for which technical assistance will be provided by the School and its cost is included in the tuition for the program. The computer will have all of the essential software needed by the student in the program installed.


OTD education and OTD practice depends on graduates being well-versed in information technology and networked information resources. Occupational Therapy Doctors rely extensively on information systems for the provision of OTD care to patients. We intend to insure that our graduates are well prepared to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead for education, research and professional practice using advanced information technologies.

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