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Early Assurance in Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy Program: Early Assurance.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Program offers an Early Assurance program designed for high school students interested in early admission to the Creighton University Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Students admitted to a Creighton University undergraduate college are given assurance of acceptance to the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they meet certain criteria for admission and progression.

PCAT is not required for consideration for admission. If these criteria are met, a PharmCAS discount and simplified application process will be available.

Admission Requirements for High School Students

  • Prior admission to Creighton University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Must apply by January 15
  • Minimum High School GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Completion of one year of High School Chemistry with a B average

Progression Requirements to Remain in the Early Assurance Program

Requirements to be met in years 1 and 2 at Creighton, in order to continue to the professional curriculum:

  • Take ALL prerequisite/pre-professional coursework at Creighton.
    • Courses taken for college credit/advanced placement prior to high school graduation will not result in ineligibility, however any prerequisite courses taken at other institutions after high school graduation will result in ineligibility
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0
  • Maintain a minimum Math/Science prerequisite GPA of 2.9
  • No grade below a C in any prerequisite course
  • Full participation in the Student Success Pre-Pharmacy learning community while enrolled in the pre-professional portion of the curriculum (years 1 and 2)
  • 40 hours of work or shadowing in a pharmacy setting by the end (August 1st) of year 2
  • Submit a PharmCAS application by November 1 the year prior to enrollment in the PharmD professional curriculum
  • Successful completion of a progression interview, demonstrating growth in knowledge of the profession and strong communication/interpersonal skills
  • Pass a criminal background check prior to official enrollment in the professional program
  • Review and sign to acknowledge compliance with the technical standards needed to successfully complete the pharmacy curriculum and practice the profession of pharmacy
  • Any withdrawal from a prerequisite course may impact a candidate’s ability to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Office of Admission prior to withdrawing from prerequisite coursework. After the withdrawal has occurred, Early Assurance students will be required to submit a written appeal to the admission committee to remain in the Early Assurance Program. Course withdrawals will be considered by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis

Student Success

The Student Success learning community furthers understanding of the profession, and provides helpful instruction on how to be a competitive applicant. The Office of Admission and the faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are actively engaged in providing ideas for Student Success programming and work closely with the Student Success program leadership to implement ideas that are in the best interest of our future applicants.

Some recent and planned programming includes interviewing tips workshops, application tips workshops, panels, program information sessions, and seminars devoted to helping students develop their own individual plan for successful application to professional school.

Office of Admission

Criss III Rm. 151
402.280.2662
cuspahp@creighton.edu