Creighton University

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mackenzie Stick, MPA
Director of Admission

Criss Health Science Room 151

2500 California Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68178

Phone (Work): 402-280-2662

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Creighton University is known for a long-standing tradition of excellence in the health sciences, as well as service, technological innovation, advancing health care professions, community outreach, professionalism, and clincial experience. 

Our Pharm.D. program is no exception to this tradition. The Creighton Doctor of Pharmacy program was established in 1905.  In 2001, we started the Nation's first distance pathway, allowing students who are unable to relocate to take the majority of their pharmacy coursework online (the only exception being labs taken for a few weeks the summer in which distance students travel to Omaha, and pharmacy practice clincial experiences that, much of the time, can be completed closer to home). We offer both a traditional campus pathway, as well as the distance option as described above.

The clincial settings for both distance and campus students are diverse and numerous.  We have over 1000 pre-established relationships with clinical sites accross the United States, and offer over 30 elective opportunities to chose from.  Please visit our website for more details at spahp.creighton.edu/admission.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 400
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 160
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 20
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-55 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 95
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  95 
General Biology I & II with labs*   12 
Human Anatomy*   4.5 
General Chemistry I & II with labs*   12 
Organic Chemistry I & II with labs*   12 
Calculus*   4.5 
English (including Composition)  
Speech (Must include public speaking.)   4.5 
Psychology   4.5 
Economics   4.5 
Electives*   18  27.5 

Additional Information

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 1st prior to program matriculation.

International students (campus pathway only) planning to enroll under an F-1 visa are required to complete all prerequisite coursework by July 1st, 2018 to ensure timely processing of Visa paper work.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: October 2016
Details:

The January 2019 PCAT is the latest PCAT exam we will accept for the 2019 admission cycle.

See website for potential PCAT waiver qualifications.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?

Yes

Details:

The TOEFL may be waived if an international student has completed 2+ years of full-time college coursework at a regionally accredited college or university within the United States

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
Details:

Due to F1 Visa requirements and timelines, we require international students to complete all admission prerequisites by July 1 prior to enrollment to ensure adequate time for processing.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Creighton requires two letters of reference, but will accept up to four.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor

LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED:

Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details:
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details:

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September 2018 - June 2019. Dates listed on website in June 2018
Details:

Interviewees are required to be on campus for entire duraction/agenda of the interview day.  Interview days consist of multiple information sessions, as well as a 25 minute interview.  Either a pair of two faculty members or a pair of one faculty member and one alumnus will conduct the interview. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed about 3 weeks following the applicant interview on a continual/rolling basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 30 days from the date listed on the official offer of admission
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $400
Due: 30 days from the date listed on the official offer of admission
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Mid-August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes