In 2001, Creighton University started the first and only accredited Doctor of Pharmacy Program Distance Pathway providing a full-time method to obtain this degree. This innovative pathway covers the same material as the traditional campus program, but allows students to complete coursework using distance education technology, from wherever they live. Interactions with faculty and mentors occur via conferencing software, discussion boards, Internet chat rooms, e-mail, telephone, and other media.
The didactic portion of the distance pathway is taught on a semester basis. Some elements of the Distance Pathway are synchronous. Students complete laboratory courses on-campus during two- to four-week sessions during the summers.
Creighton’s program reflects changes in the practice of pharmacy regarding pharmaceutical care, defined as the direct, responsible provision of medication-related care for the purpose of achieving definitive outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life. Today’s pharmacy education focuses on:
The clinical component of the distance pharmacy pathway is the same as the campus pharmacy pathway. A total of eight five-week clinical rotations are required, five of which are in required subject areas, with the remaining three in elective subject areas. These unpaid clinical rotations provide experience in actual pharmacy practice. Sites for clinical rotations are available in a variety of locations throughout the country and internationally.
Graduates enter practice with strong basic knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking abilities and an empathic attitude toward their patients. Specialized clinical and internship programs are available to students who have particular interests in fields ranging from critical care to family medicine, pediatrics to gerontology, cardiology to home care and neurology to psychiatry. Graduates are prepared for employment in a wide range of health service settings including private businesses, hospitals, clinics, government, military, and academic and research institutions.
Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy 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.
Pharmacy education and pharmacy practice depends on graduates being well-versed in information technology and networked information resources. Pharmacists rely extensively on information systems for the provision of pharmaceutical 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.
Have additional questions? Find out more about this program by contacting the admissions staff. Request more information or give us a call at 1-800-325-2830 Ext. 1.