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School of Pharmacy partnering with Hastings College for program giving students priority consideration, faster path to career

Creighton University and Hastings College have forged a new partnership giving Hastings College students priority consideration for admission to the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Doctor of Pharmacy program and reduces by one year the time it will take students to earn their degree.

The agreement includes a guaranteed number of slots in both of Creighton’s pharmacy pathways: traditional on-campus instruction in Omaha and a program combining distance learning with shorter on-campus sessions. Enrollment in the program begins with the 2018 incoming class.

“Creighton looks forward to further extending what is already a great health sciences partnership with our colleagues at Hastings College,” said J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. “With a growing need for pharmacy practitioners, especially in the rural areas of our state and nation, we are pleased to join with Hastings College in extending the Creighton tradition of molding quality, compassionate professionals who are practice ready and eager to serve.”

Smaller communities may have a shortage of pharmacists, and Bradberry and Hastings College Provost Gary Johnson, PhD, said the chance to work in this setting is particularly appealing to students who want to learn from an experienced pharmacist and potentially buy into a pharmacy practice over time.

“We’ve had great success in preparing students for graduate work in pharmacy, and by partnering with Creighton we can enhance our success in this area and provide our students with more options and, potentially, a faster route to their career,” Johnson said. “Creighton’s distance pathway is also appealing, as it allows students to live and work in a smaller community while completing their pharmacy degree.”

As part of the agreement, qualified Hastings College applicants when applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program from Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions receive:

  • A guaranteed interview,
  • PCAT waiver, and
  • Eligibility to receive one of 10 reserved seats in the incoming pharmacy class — five in the campus pathway and five in the distance pathway.

To enroll, Hastings College students must have a minimum of 90 semester credit hours by June 1 of the year they intend to enroll, and meet all pre-pharmacy requirements. Enrollment will typically take place after a student’s junior year at Hastings College — allowing the student to begin the pharmacy program in what would have been their senior year at Hastings.

After successfully completing their first year of Creighton’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, the Creighton credits will transfer back to Hastings College, which will then award the students their Bachelor of Arts degree, provided they have completed all Hastings’ requirements.

This is the second partnership agreement between the Creighton and Hastings College. In April 2016, Hastings College, the Creighton University College of Nursing and Mary Lanning Healthcare launched a successful 3+1 nursing program.

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