By 2022, an estimated 30,000 new occupational therapists will be needed across the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now Regis University is offering an accessible path – the only hybrid doctorate of occupational therapy in Colorado – to this exciting, rewarding and very-much-in-demand profession.

Regis has partnered with another Jesuit, Catholic institution, Omaha, Nebraska-based Creighton University, to offer a doctoral occupational therapy program. Regis students take classes online, taught by Creighton faculty. Hands-on skills laboratory sessions will run on the Regis campus. At the successful conclusion of the program, students will earn a Creighton University diploma.

Susan Scherer, associate dean of Regis’ Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, said she’s excited to offer this unique online program to Colorado-based students and to add occupational therapy to the educational options at Regis.

“There is a real and growing need for occupational therapists, and this program will help create some of the best practitioners in the country, right here in Colorado,” she said. “Both Regis and Creighton have a firm commitment to academic excellence, so combining our respective strengths will greatly benefit our students and the patients we serve.”

J. Chris Bradberry, dean of the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, agreed. “We are immensely pleased to set out on this new partnership,” he said. “To be able to train a new generation of practitioners to serve Colorado in the occupational therapy discipline is a great trust Creighton and Regis have willingly and solemnly accepted.”


Discover how the Regis Pathway program can guide you to a fulfilling career in occupational therapy.