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Distance PharmD Pathway

Our Online Entry-Level PharmD Program

Join the full-time Distance pathway to earn your Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Our innovative distance learning pathway covers the same material as the traditional campus program but offers students the flexibility of completing coursework using distance education technology.

The Distance PharmD Experience

Creighton was the first to offer an accredited distance PharmD program, and since launching in 2001 we’ve built on our expertise.

In the PharmD distance pathway, students interact with faculty and mentors via web conferencing software, discussion boards, email, telephone and other media. The didactic coursework is taught on a semester basis. Some elements of the distance pathway are synchronous (live), while others are asynchronous.

Students complete laboratory courses and other activities on the Omaha campus during two-week sessions in the summer.  The clinical component of the distance pharmacy pathway is the same as the campus pharmacy pathway. A total of eight five-week clinical rotations are required, five of which are in required subject areas, with the remaining three in elective subject areas. These unpaid clinical rotations provide experience in actual pharmacy practice. Sites for clinical rotations are available in a variety of locations throughout the country and internationally. 

PharmD Curriculum

The PharmD curriculum at Creighton focuses on the skills, knowledge and values needed for patient-focused care. It’s designed to help students learn new skills and then build on them.

Graduates will be able to effectively provide care in collaboration with patients, prescribers, other healthcare providers and the community based upon sound therapeutic principles, evidence-based data and research.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

The Doctor of Pharmacy costs vary over the four years of the program.

The majority of incoming PharmD students are awarded scholarships. Awards range up to $100,000 for the duration of the program, awarded annually over the four years of the program. All admitted candidates will automatically be considered for scholarships.

Experiential Learning

Students can complete pharmacy practice learning activities within real-world pharmacy settings as part of the curriculum.

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.

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Interprofessional Education and Practice

At Creighton, you’ll work with other health sciences students to prepare you for a practice that reflects the real world. 

Partnerships with regional and national providers offer you experiential learning opportunities in a variety of professional settings, including community pharmacy, acute pharmaceutical care, in-patient hospital, outpatient clinic and drug information.  

In addition, over 30 elective/specialty clinical rotations let you pursue interests in such areas as pediatrics, psychiatry, oncology and more. You may also choose a clinical experience in the Dominican Republic. 

Improving Patient Care Through Innovative Centers

Center for Medication Therapy Management  

The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions was the first school to partner with AdhereHealth to establish a remote site for student pharmacists and first-year residents to provide medication therapy management services. At this center, students develop an array of skills, including comprehensive medication review, patient education, written and verbal communication skills and assessment and documentation of services and therapy.  

Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice  

The center offers a wide range of unbiased, timely information consultations to pharmacists nationwide. These consultations allow pharmacists to make informed decisions about dosing, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, therapeutic reviews and recommendations. 

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International Pharmacy Opportunities

Creighton pharmacy students have opportunities to provide healthcare services to underserved communities globally.

The ILAC Summer Program is a faith-based service-learning trip with a team of dentists, physicians and nurses providing care in rural areas of the Dominican Republic.


Applications are processed through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).

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