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.
Currently ranked third in the nation among private pharmacy programs, our innovative distance learning pathway covers the same material as the traditional campus program, but offers students the flexibility of completing coursework using distance education technology. Interactions with faculty and mentors occur via conferencing software, discussion boards, internet chat rooms, email, 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 summer.
The innovative Pharm.D. program reflects the 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:
- Patient data collection
- Medication therapy assessment and delivery
- Pharmacy care plan
- Patient counseling
- Patient monitoring and compliance
- Patient outcomes evaluation and documentation
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.
Pharmacy education and pharmacy practice depend on graduates being well-versed in information technology and networked information resources. Pharmacists rely extensively on information systems to provide pharmaceutical care to patients. We intend to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead in education, research and professional practice using advanced information technologies.
To learn more about technical requirements for the distance pathway, visit the Computer, Internet and Technology Requirements section of the OLAT page. Wondering if a distance pathway is right for you? Take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment.