Doctor of Pharmacy

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE YOU SERVE.

Group of pharmacy students working in the skills lab

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.

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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:

Earn a degree that addresses all aspects of pharmaceutical practice

PharmD 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 PharmD/MBA or a PharmD/M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Technical support and assistance

All students in the School are provided dedicated technical support and assistance. Contact the service desk, view hours or learn more about technical requirements for all pathways.

Wondering if a distance pathway is right for you?  Take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment.

Curriculum

The Creighton PharmD 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 PharmD 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 six, 4-hour shadow visits in various pharmacy practice settings during the P1 year: 1 community; 1 hospital; and 4 elective 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 3-week hospital pharmacy practice experience, and at the end of the P3 academic year, students complete a 32-hour clinical 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%

Program Outcomes

Creighton University pharmacy graduates will be practice-ready; equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, attributes and values necessary to provide evidence-based, collaborative, and ethical patient-centered care. Graduates will obtain the foundational knowledge and experience needed to become innovative leaders, as well as pharmacists who exhibit professionalism, self-awareness and entrepreneurship. Graduates will possess the abilities to be reflective practitioners educated in the Ignatian tradition, will be capable of maximizing medication outcomes and patient wellbeing and will be able to provide service to persons and the community in harmony with the law. In this regard, graduates must demonstrate competence in the following areas:

The graduate will…

  1. Demonstrate and apply the foundational knowledge of contemporary pharmacy practice to achieve optimal health outcomes.
  2. Provide comprehensive patient-centered care.
  3. Utilize human, financial, technological, physical and policy resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems. 
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to support evidence-based pharmacy practice and research.
  5. Educate, advocate, and collaborate utilizing effective and professional communication.
  6. Demonstrate personal and professional attributes of an ethical, reflective, and responsible practitioner in the Ignatian Tradition.
  7. Contribute to the profession and society by demonstrating professionalism, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

State Licensure Requirements

The programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy within the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions meets the appropriate and relevant degree requirements for licensure for all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.