Pre-Occupational Therapy Seminar

Purpose of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Seminar – POPT 300

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Seminar at Creighton University is offered to all students who are preparing to apply to a graduate program for occupational therapy. Students participate in POPT 300 in either their Junior or Senior year. Collecting all the elements necessary for a competitive application is the focus of this seminar.


Students are encouraged to continue to reflect on their decision to pursue the occupational therapy profession. Guest speakers and professional student panels will provide further exploration of OT and the professional school experience. A unique opportunity offered is for POPT 300 students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Occupational Therapy with an occupational therapy student mentor.


Information about the Occupational Therapist School Application Service (OTCAS) application is covered. Students will be advised on collecting letters of recommendation, and preparing an updated portfolio of their activities and experiences. Students will also be advised regarding their progress towards a competitive application.


Personal Statement Workshops are provided to have students work on a draft of their personal statement for professional school applications. An Interviewing Skills Workshop is presented and students are encouraged to schedule a practice interview in the Career Center before an occupational therapy school interview.

Key Components of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Seminar

In addition to providing information and resources to prepare for an application to occupational therapy, POPT also encompasses programming and advising to assist students in deciding if this is the best path for them.

EDGE Priorities

Pending the successful completion of the POPT 300 Seminar, certain considerations will be in place when a student applies to the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. These considerations change with each new class of students.

COMPAS Journal

POPT students are provided an online tool to track their occupational therapy school application materials with the Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System (COMPAS) Journal. Students build their application materials through PHLC 200 and POPT 300. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after OTCAS, the national application service used by occupational therapy programs.

Practice Interviews and Workshops

Occupational therapy interviews are a critical part of the application process. Through POPT, students learn interviewing techniques and participate in feedback-driven practice interviews to prepare for their occupational therapy school interviews.

Professional Communication Seminar

Often the first contact that occupational therapy schools have with a student is the written word. POPT provides workshops for students to develop their personal statements and resumes for their applications to occupational therapy school.

Guest Speakers

From current occupational therapy students to occupational therapy school admissions professionals and experts in the field of healthcare, POPT gives students the chance to hear from and ask questions to a host of individuals that provide insight into the application process or what to expect in and out of occupational therapy school.


Clinical Shadowing Opportunities

Observing a professional in his or her place of work is critical for students to decide which direction to take in their professional careers. Through the POPT program, students can shadow occupational therapy professionals who can assist them in finding their passions and building their application portfolios.