Doctor of Pharmacy

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE YOU SERVE

A Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University prepares you to provide a level of care that treats the whole person. Expand your knowledge of disease state management, prevention of disease, patient outcomes and wellness in a program that reflects changes in the practice of pharmacy in pharmaceutical care.

Graduates of the program are well positioned for employment in a wide range of health service settings, including private businesses, hospitals, clinics, government, military and academic and research institutions.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical care is the direct, responsible provision of medication-related care to achieve definitive outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life. Today’s pharmacy education focuses on:

  • Patient data collection
  • Medication therapy assessment and delivery
  • Pharmacy care plan
  • Patient counseling
  • Patient monitoring and compliance
  • Patient outcomes evaluation and documentation

 

Earn a degree that addresses all aspects of pharmaceutical practice

SPAHP PharmacyPharm.D. program 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.

Expand your options with a dual degree

Creighton also offers an opportunity for students in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions to obtain dual degrees. Currently students can obtain a Pharm.D.MBA or a Pharm.D./M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Curriculum

The Creighton Pharm.D. curriculum is designed to provide knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and values to deliver patient-centered care. As a graduate, you will be able to provide care in collaboration with patients, prescribers, other health care providers and the community based upon sound therapeutic principles, evidence-based data and research. The curricular outcomes support our mission and vision for graduates to be nationally recognized for excellence in comprehensive patient-centered care and responsible citizenship and leadership.

The content, skills and outcomes of the curriculum are purposefully structured around a spiraling Introduce-Reinforce-Demonstrate (IRD) curricular model. The IRD model builds competence by structuring knowledge acquisition in a purposefully integrated cycle of increasing complexity. Each course identifies specific learning objectives that are tied to the relevant educational outcomes and denotes competencies to be introduced (I), reinforced (R) and/or demonstrated (D). In this way, the IRD model aligns instruction with desired goals and program outcomes.

View the Pharm.D. curriculum for the Campus Pathway and the Distance Pathway.

Skills Labs

In the Pharmacy Skills Lab course sequence, basic and complex practice skills are reinforced as students progress to their final clinical (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, or APPE) rotation year.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Practice-related and IPPE courses are placed throughout the first three years of the curriculum. The IPPE curriculum begins with four 4-hour shadowing/observation pharmacy practice site visits in the P1 year. There are two required (community and hospital) and two elective site visits. Students choose from a variety of practice settings for elective visits that range from clinical practice to management and specialty practice. The IPPE 2 Community block is a full-time, three-week, 120-hour experience completed in the summer after the P1 year. The IPPE 3 Hospital Block is a full-time, two-week, 80-hour experience completed in the summer following the P2 year. IPPE dispensing and clinical skill development is introduced and reinforced through simulation experiences in the Pharmacy Skills Lab in the P1- P3 years.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

APPEs, also referred to as clinical rotations, are completed following the P3 year full-time (40 hours per week) from June through April. The APPE curriculum includes five required and three elective rotations, all of which are five weeks. The required APPEs are Community Pharmacy Practice, Hospital Pharmacy Practice, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, and either Drug Information or Medication Therapy Management.

Students choose from a variety of elective APPEs that range from advanced patient care in inpatient and ambulatory settings to research and management. The final APPE year is designed to hone skills required of a generalist practitioner qualified to enter practice or pursue advanced study in the clinical, administrative or basic pharmaceutical sciences. The student-oriented and value-centered approach to teaching and learning is consistent with the School’s mission and vision and emphasizes critical inquiry and active learning, as well as interprofessional collaboration and communication in the provision of patient-centered care.

Clinical Education

Experiential learning is a fundamental strength of our Doctor of Pharmacy program. In addition to structured laboratory activities within our state-of-the-art skills lab, students participate in community-based activities and events geared toward health promotion and prevention right after beginning the program.

Our program provides Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) that include four, 4-hour shadow visits in various pharmacy practice settings during the P1 year: 1 community; 1 hospital; and 2 specialty sites. During the summer after the P1 academic year, students complete a 3-week community pharmacy practice experience and after the P2 academic year, students complete a 2-week hospital pharmacy practice experience.

For Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs, rotations), students complete eight, 5-week experiences beginning the summer after their P3 academic year and continuing through their P4 year until graduation in May. APPEs include required rotations in the following pharmacy practice settings: hospital, community, acute care, and ambulatory care, a selective in drug information or medication therapy management, and 3 electives, which vary depending on student interests and preceptor/site availability. We have over 1000 pre-established clinical site contracts across all 50 states, and our clinical education faculty work closely with you to determine what opportunities best fit your educational and professional goals.

You may also choose to participate in our cross-cultural education program in the Dominican Republic, referred to as the ILAC program. The ILAC program allows for the opportunity to explore the role of pharmacy in an underserved global health setting.

Financial Information

Payment

Electronic bills for tuition and fees are issued to all registered students. Prior to the beginning of each semester, registered student will receive an email message in their Creighton email account stating that their eBill is available to view online through the NEST website. The initial billing notifications for registered students are sent mid-July for the fall semester, late December for the spring semester and early May for the summer session. Students who register later will receive their eBill notification email shortly after their registration is processed. 

Please visit the Business Office web page for more detailed information about billing and payment options.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Students withdrawing before the end of a semester will be charged tuition and recurring fees on the following basis:

Withdrawals and Refunds

During the first week

10%

During the second week

20%

During the third week

40%

During the fourth week

60%

During the fifth week

80%

Over five weeks

100%

Outcomes

Creighton University pharmacy graduates must possess knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to provide patient-centered care and serve target populations in cooperation with patients, prescribers, other members of health care teams and the community. This care must be based upon sound therapeutic principles, evidence-based data and research skills. In this regard, graduates must demonstrate competence in the following areas:

1. Ignatian Values – Articulate the Ignatian Tradition and its application to the profession of pharmacy.

2. Professionalism, Citizenship, and Leadership – Contribute to the profession and society by demonstrating professionalism, citizenship, and leadership.

3. Critical Thinking – Apply critical thinking skills to support evidence based pharmacy practice.

4. Communication – Communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, care givers, other health care professionals, and members of the community.

5. Patient Assessment – Obtain, interpret, and evaluate patient information to determine the presence of a disease, medical condition, or drug-related problem(s), assess the need for treatment and/or referral, and identify patient-specific factors that affect health, pharmacotherapy, and/or disease management.

6. Medication Therapy Management – 1) Manage the drug regimen by monitoring and assessing the patient and/or patient information, recommending drug changes that enhance patient outcomes, collaborating with other health care professionals, providing patient education and documenting patient information and intervention(s). 2) Develop and implement population-specific, evidence-based disease management programs and protocols.

7. Dispensing Medications – Dispense drug products consistent with patient needs and patient safety in harmony with the law.

8. Drug Information – Ascertain the request for information, retrieve, evaluate, and manage drug and medical information to provide and promote optimal health care.

9. Public Health – Collaborate with health professionals and community groups to promote wellness, prevent disease, and manage medical conditions and reduce health disparities through education, advocacy, and other activities at the population and individual patient levels.

10. Health Systems – Explain and apply the principles and resources associated with pharmacy management, drug distribution, third party payment systems, and participate in interdisciplinary healthcare administrative activities.

Learn more about graduation rates, employment rates and pass rates on the NAPLEX exam.