Pre-Occupational Therapy Seminar


Program of Study

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Education Seminar at Creighton University is a three-year, five-semester program. POPT is tiered to build across each semester starting with POPT 102 in the Spring semester of the freshman year and concluding with POPT 302 in the Spring semester of the junior year. Any Creighton student interested in occupational therapy school is welcome to register for the seminar.

Year One

POPT 102

The first semester of POPT Seminar is designed to be an introduction to aspects of the occupational therapy school application process, including professionalism & integrity, volunteering, shadowing, patient confidentiality & medical records, and an exploration of the profession. Students will learn about what activities and preparation are necessary to have a competitive application to occupational therapy school. Additional advising is also given regarding the selection of academic courses necessary for an occupational therapy school application.

Year Two

POPT 201

In semester two of POPT, students write a resume, use the COMPAS Journal to build a portfolio of accomplishments, learn from faculty about requesting letters of recommendation and about research opportunities. Discernment opportunities include a panel of healthcare professionals and learn ways to obtain patient care experience in an employment setting.

POPT 202

Students receive a detailed preview of the occupational therapy school application in the third semester of POPT. Financial Literacy and a Self-Assessment Module help students take stock of their progress towards a competitive application. Discernment on the many paths to occupational therapy school.

Year Three

POPT 301

In the fourth semester of POPT students revise their resume, review their activities, and write a personal statement. Students are advised regarding their progress towards a competitive applicatio. The opportunity to shadowing a occupational therapy student, allows POPT students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

POPT 302

Elements of the final semester of POPT include personal statement workshops, Interviewing Skills Workshop, and a thorough review of OTCAS, and collecting the final elements needed for their professional school applications.


Key Components of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Education 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 all five semesters of the POPT program, 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 all five semesters of POPT. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after OTCAS, the national application service used by occupational therapy programs.

Mock 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 mock 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.

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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 based who can assist them in finding their passions and building their application portfolios.


Registration Information

Registrar Number Course Name Meeting Time Location
2015 Spring Semester
13136 POPT 102 Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM Rigge 120
13137 POPT 202 Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM Rigge 120