The Doctor of Pharmacy Program offers an Early Assurance program designed for high school students interested in early admission to the Creighton University Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Students admitted to a Creighton University undergraduate college are given assurance of acceptance to the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they meet certain criteria for admission and progression. PCAT is not required for consideration for admission. If these criteria are met, no additional PharmCAS application is required prior to entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and experience a different type of interview than the rest of the applicant pool.
- Designed for high school students interested in early admission to the Creighton University Doctor of Pharmacy Program
- Students admitted to Creighton University are given assurance of acceptance to the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they meet certain criteria for admission and progression
- No additional application is required prior to entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
- Prior admission to Creighton University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Must apply by January 15
- Minimum High School GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Minimum ACT score of 24 or higher
- Minimum Math ACT to be 24 or higher
- Completion of one year of High School Chemistry with a B average
Requirements to be met in years 1 and 2 at Creighton, in order to continue on to the professional curriculum:
- Take ALL prerequisite/pre-professional coursework at Creighton. Courses taken for college credit/advanced placement prior to high school graduation will not result in ineligibility, however any prerequisite courses taken at other institutions after high school graduation will result in ineligibility
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0
- Maintain a minimum Math/Science prerequisite GPA of 2.9
- No grade of D or F in any prerequisite course
- Full participation in the Creighton Edge Pre-Pharmacy learning community while enrolled in the pre-professional portion of the curriculum (years 1 and 2)
- 40 hours of work or shadowing in a pharmacy setting by the end (August 1st) of year 2
- Submit a completed Early Assurance Information form by November 1st, the year prior to enrollment in the professional curriculum
- Successful completion of a progression interview, demonstrating growth in knowledge of the profession and strong communication/interpersonal skills
- Pass a criminal background check prior to official enrollment in the professional program
- Add Review and sign to acknowledge compliance with the technical standards needed to successfully complete the pharmacy curriculum and practice the profession of pharmacy
Any withdrawal from a prerequisite course may impact a candidate’s ability to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Office of Admission prior to withdrawing from prerequisite coursework. After the withdrawal has occurred, Early Assurance students will be required to submit a written appeal to the admission committee to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Course withdrawals will be considered by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis
The Creighton EDGE learning community furthers understanding of the profession, and provides helpful instruction on how to be a competitive applicant. The Office of Admission and the faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are actively engaged in providing ideas for EDGE programming and work closely with the EDGE program leadership to implement ideas that are in the best interest of our future applicants.
Some recent and planned programming includes interviewing tips workshops, application tips workshops, panels, program information sessions, and seminars devoted to helping students develop their own individual plan for successful application to professional school.