Pharmacy Curricula, Schedules & Dates

Pharmacy Schedules & Dates.

Pharmacy Schedules

Curriculum Description

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.

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.


Classes entering Fall 2015


Classes entering Fall 2017


Classes entering Fall 2018


Classes entering Fall 2019 or later


Academic Calendar

Please note that this calendar is tentative. Dates are subject to change.

Exam Schedule

2021 Fall Exam Schedule

Other exam notes and policies:

  • ​The Pharmacy Distance exam window is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time (CT). You must start your exam allowing enough time to complete your exam by 5 p.m. (CT) given the exam duration listed below, i.e. exam duration of 60 minutes would need to start no later than 4 p.m. (CT); exam duration of 100 minutes would need to start no later than 3:20 p.m.; exam duration of 120 minutes, would need to start no later than 3 p.m.
  • Refer to the Distance Pharmacy Examination and Security Time Window policy for more information. All Pharmacy Distance exams are proctored online using Examity. Students should make their exam appointments when the scheduling window opens.
  • Friday is reserved as a make-up day in the event that may require the University to close or if there are technical problems
  • Students should NOT make travel plans until Friday after 5 p.m.
  • Final examinations scheduled for a day in which the University is closed will be rescheduled to the next available day. An alternate final examination schedule will be posted as soon as possible
  • Final Examination Policy
  • Pharmacy Exam Environment Expectations (campus)
  • Examination Security and Time Window Pharmacy Distance
  • Emergency-Related School Closing and Suspension of Examinations

Fall Semester Course Schedules

Course Schedules August-December 

Schedules are tentative and may be updated until the first day of classes. Check schedules frequently for updates.



Spring Semester Course Schedules

Course Schedules January-May

Schedules are tentative and may be updated until the first day of classes. Check schedules frequently for updates.

Lab Assignments available in NEST.



Summer Semester Schedules

Distance Pharmacy Summer Sessions

  • Class of 2022-Monday, May 17 (8 a.m.)- Friday, May 28, flights no earlier than 7:30 p.m. Required, all day, weekend MTM session on Saturday, May 22. No other weekend requirements.
  • Class of 2024-Tuesday, June 1 (8 a.m.)-Thursday, June 17, flights no earlier than 1:30 p.m. Required immunization course held on Saturday, June 5, all day. No other weekend requirements.
  • Class of 2023-Monday, June 21 (8 a.m.)-Friday, July 9, flights no earlier than 6:30 p.m. Required, all day, weekend sessions are Saturday, June 26 and Saturday, July 3. No lab session will be held on Monday, July 5.
  • Class of 2025 Orientation-Omaha, Week of August 8; Phoenix, TBA
  • Tasks before arriving in Omaha