School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Fact Sheets

Fast Facts

Established
1905

Established as Creighton College of Pharmacy. Expanded over the years to include other health professions.

Dean
Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D.

Enrollment
1,417

Faculty
117 faculty members

Programs

  • Clinical doctorates in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), occupational therapy (OTD) and physical therapy (DPT)
  • Certificates, associate, bachelorís and masterís degrees in emergency medical services (EMS)

About the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP) is an academic pioneer

  • First in the nation to offer clinical doctorates in occupational therapy and physical therapy
  • First Web-based distance education pharmacy program in the nation
  • First distance education program in OT, leading to clinical doctorate in occupational therapy
  • Innovative partnerships with the University of Alaska Anchorage (OTD) and Regis University in Denver (OTD)
  • years of EMS education, including 23 years offering the Bachelor of Science in EMS (BSEMS)

And the faculty is second to none

  • One of the largest OT faculties in the nation, with 20 faculty members holding terminal degrees, 5 of which have been recognized as Fellows by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • For more than 25 years, faculty members in our Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice have provided evidence-based, timely and unbiased information to health care professionals
  • Fewer than 15% of pharmacy schools in the U.S. offer as much drug information expertise to the professional community
  • The Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety is recognized nationally for its work in patient safety research and education

Our students are exceptional

  • They come from 46 states and 44 countries
  • Our 139 international students represent almost 12% of the student population
  • More than 75% of our students receive 1 to 3 job offers before they graduate
  • First-time national licensure pass rates in pharmacy, OT and PT have been nearly 100% the past several years

And the clinical experiences they have at Creighton are outstanding

  • Clinical sites are offered across the country in every health care discipline, including pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, acute and long-term care and more
  • Students hone their clinical skills in large hospital settings as well as smaller rehabilitation or ambulatory care clinics
  • 51 students traveled to international clinical sites from January 2017 to May 2018. Countries include China, Japan, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Costa Rica, South Korea, Chile, England, India and Uganda
  • DPT students receive more than 44 weeks of clinical training, up to 10 weeks more than PT students at other Midwest schools
  • The Center for Medication Therapy Management is privileged to be the 1st to partner with PharmMD, a leader in the industry, to offer a unique experience with telephonic comprehensive medication reviews.

Creighton offers valuable postprofessional residencies and fellowships

  • SPAHP is affiliated with CHI Health, the largest health system in the region, for residency training
  • 22 residency or fellowship positions: 9 in pharmacy, 8 in PT, 3 in OT and 2 pharmacy fellowships in drug information and natural medicines

Our students are dedicated to service

  • SPAHP students gave 8,500+ hours of service to those in need last year
  • They help alleviate health disparities through work with the Omaha and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska and people in need in Omaha, the Dominican Republic and China

And our more than 8,000 alumni live out Creighton's mission

Just a few SPAHP alumni who have made a difference include:

  • Sr. M. Therese Gottschalk, BSPha'60 - Pioneer in hospital pharmacy; former president and CEO of the Marian Health System and current senior executive advisor to the president and CEO of Ascension Health
  • Jack Wareham, BSPha'64, HON'16 - Former chairman and CEO, Beckman Coulter, Inc.
  • Brittany Stryker, BSHS?06, OTD'06 - Practice manager, Orthopedic Motion Inc., Las Vegas; founded KIDDOS, a nonprofit foundation that provides high-quality orthotic and prosthetic devises to low-income children; 2016 Alumni Merit Award recipient
  • Mei Brownfield, DPT'04 - Physical therapy practitioner for USA Beach Volleyball; PT trainer for the 2012 Summer Olympics team in London