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Pharmacy (PharmD)

Whether inspired by compassion or driven to improve lives and serve communities through your work, you can pursue the path of your calling with Creighton’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Our PharmD program prepares you to provide a level of care that treats the whole person—and it’s one of the top-ranked pharmacy programs in the nation.

The innovative PharmD program reflects changes in the practice of pharmacy regarding medication therapy management and patient-centered care. You’ll expand your knowledge of disease state management, disease prevention, patient outcomes and wellness. We offer three distinct pathways within the program: the Omaha Pathway, the Distance Pathway and the Phoenix Hybrid Pathway.

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PharmD Program Details

Program Goals

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:


The Creighton PharmD curriculum is designed to provide knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and values to deliver patient-centered care.

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Creighton University offers three pathways within the pharmacy program:

  • Omaha Pathway
    • Study in a full-time, traditional campus setting in Omaha. You’ll have access to a state-of-the-art skills lab and clinical experiences across the country.
  • Distance Pathway
    • Creighton was the first to offer an accredited distance PharmD program. This innovative pathway offers the same material as our traditional program, but offers the flexibility of distance learning.
  • Phoenix Hybrid Pathway
    • Our hybrid pathway in Phoenix offers online lectures with hands-on labs. The lab component is taught at our new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Park Central in midtown Phoenix, AZ.
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What Students Are Saying

“Creighton has not only allowed me to grow professionally, but also in such a way that enables me to become the best version of myself. I chose Creighton because they offered an early assurance program for pharmacy.” 

—Cailin Pasion

Admissions Requirements


Admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires a minimum of 63 semester hours or 95 quarter hours of prerequisite coursework.

Prerequisite courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution and must be completed with a grade of C or better (a C- grade is not acceptable). All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 1 of the desired year of entry.

International students: To provide adequate time for completion of international student paperwork and visa processing, we require all prerequisite coursework to be completed at a United States institution and all transcripts received by our office no later than July 1 of the year of matriculation.

*PCAT is not required for consideration for admission.

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Admissions Requirements

To apply, submit an online application and all supporting application materials through PharmCAS, a pharmacy centralized application service. All supporting application materials include the following:

  • An official transcript must be received from each institution the applicant has attended and/or is currently attending. Official transcripts must be received directly from the issuing institution(s).
    • All fall/winter term 2023 and prior transcripts should be directed to PharmCAS.
    • All spring/summer 2024 term transcripts should be directed to the Creighton Enrollment Services.
  • Two letters of recommendation (submitted through PharmCAS). We prefer that one letter come from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive, professional program. If you have been out of school for some time, letters from a work setting can be helpful. Do not submit letters from family members or friends.

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Dates & Deadlines

  • July 11, 2024: PharmCAS Launch Date
  • November 1, 2024: Preferred Deadline
  • November 1, 2024: Creighton Early Assurance and Preference Deadline
  • June 2, 2025: Final Application Deadline

Tuition & Financial Aid

PharmD tuition and fees vary by year. Learn more.

Financial Aid

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions offers competitive scholarship awards to qualified PharmD candidates at the time of admission. A typical scholarship award ranges up to $100,000 for the duration and is divided annually throughout the four years of the program.

Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Education is located in the Pharmacy Practice Department at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The Office is responsible for managing Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs and APPEs/rotations) for pharmacy students throughout the curriculum.

Experiential Education refers to pharmacy practice learning activities students complete within real-world pharmacy settings. Activities typically begin as an introduction to pharmacy practice during the first three years (IPPEs) and progress to higher levels of practice as students complete advanced experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, submission of a Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required to apply to Creighton’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Creighton’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

No, a degree is not required to be considered for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Applicants are required to complete 63 semester hours (or 94.5 quarter hours) of specific prerequisite coursework. Applicants must earn a C or higher in each of their prerequisite classes and have completed the general chemistry sequence for their application to be considered.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, four-year program beginning in August each year. The first three years consist of didactic coursework, Pharmacy Skills Labs, and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). The fourth and final year is comprised of 40 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) from June until May (three semesters).

Our experiential education comprises approximately 30 percent of the curriculum and includes Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs and APPEs). Our Office of Experiential Education faculty and staff work with over 1,000 pharmacy practice sites across the country that provide high quality learning and mentorship to our students. IPPEs are completed across the first three years of the program and include 24 hours of shadowing and three-week experiences in a community and hospital setting. In the final year of the program, students complete eight, five-week rotations in various pharmacy settings including community, medication therapy management or drug information, hospital, acute care, ambulatory care with an option of over 40 electives.

Yes, we offer two dual degree options for pharmacy students that can give graduates a competitive edge in the workforce and career options. Doctor of Pharmacy candidates are also able to earn a Master of Business Administration (PharmD/MBA) or a MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences).

Distance students are required to come to campus in Omaha, Nebraska a total of five times. The first is a week of welcome and orientation before the pharmacy program begins. Then, distance students will be on-campus two weeks each summer of the program for hands-on Pharmacy Skills Labs. Lastly, distance students will come back to campus their fifth and final time for hooding and commencement ceremonies in May of their graduating year.

In our hybrid pathway, students are able to stream the didactic lectures live from our Omaha campus or, watch the recordings later in the day. Essentially, students can participate as the lectures happen, or watch the recording at a different time depending on what works for them. Students then will come to our Phoenix campus a few days a week for in-person labs. The Phoenix campus was built in 2021 and offers state-of-the-art facilities to our Pharmacy students as they complete the clinical lab portion of the curriculum.

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accredited online pharmacy program in the U.S.

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of the top-ranked pharmacy programs in the nation

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/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions’ Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

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