Pre-Pharmacy Seminar


The Pre-Pharmacy Seminar provides the information necessary to strengthen the student’s candidacy for successful application, but also to ensure that this is the best path for the student. Panel discussions, guest speakers, and presentations about trends in the profession will be offered. The seminar will cover all aspects of pre-professional preparation, including the application process and writing skills. Pre-Pharmacy is as much about discernment as having the skills needed to be successful once accepted in the program.


Program of Study

The Pre-Pharmacy Education Seminar at Creighton University is a two-year, four-semester program. PRX is tiered to build across each semester starting with PRX 101 in the Fall semester of the freshman year and concluding with PRX 202 in the Spring semester of the sophomore year. Any Creighton student interested in pharmacy school is welcome to register for the seminar.

Year One

PRX 101

Topics covered in this first semester in the Pre-Pharmacy Education series include: professionalism and integrity, HIPAA certification, volunteering and shadowing, patient confidentiality, Pharmacy Technician experience, the Pharmacy profession, and introductions to the “Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System” (COMPAS) Journal and application process. Students will learn about the activities and preparation necessary for a competitive application, and additional advising is given regarding the selection of academic courses.

PRX 102

In this second semester in the Pre-Pharmacy Education series, students receive a more detailed preview of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), to include information about creating a resume, requesting letters of recommendation, and writing personal statements. Financial Literacy will be presented so that students can take charge of their finances and plan for professional school expenses. Discernment opportunities include a panel of professional school students.

Year Two

PRX 201

Topics covered in this third semester in the Pre-Pharmacy Education series include: workshops to review drafts of personal statements, information about grief/loss, and a thorough review of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). An Interviewing Skills Workshop is presented and students are encouraged to schedule a practice interview in the Career Center before a pharmacy school interview. A unique opportunity allows pre-pharmacy students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Pharmacy with a pharmacy student mentor. Discernment opportunities include a panel of pharmacy professionals.

PRX 202

In this last semester in the Pre-Pharmacy Education series, students continue to build on the “Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System” (COMPAS) Journal by updating curricular and co-curricular experiences. Other topics covered include: professional integrity, HIPAA case studies review, and academic success in professional school. Financial Literacy will be presented so that students can prepare for the transition from undergraduate to professional school education.


Key Components of the Pre-pharmacy Education Seminar

In addition to offering information and resources to students as they prepare their pharmacy school applications, PRX includes programming and advising designed to help students with deciding on a career in pharmacy.

EDGE Priorities

Pending the successful completion of all four semesters of the PRX program, certain considerations will be in place when a student applies to the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. These considerations change with each new class of students.

COMPAS Journal

PRX students are provided an online tool to track their pharmacy school application materials with the Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System (COMPAS) Journal. Students build their application materials through all four semesters of PRX. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after PharmCAS, the national application service for pharmacy programs.

Mock Interviews and Workshops

Pharmacy school interviews are a critical part of the application process. Through PRX, students learn interviewing techniques and participate in feedback-driven mock interviews to prepare for their pharmacy school interviews.

Professional Communication Seminar

Often the first contact that pharmacy schools have with a student is the written word. PRX provides workshops for students to develop their personal statements and resumes for their applications to pharmacy school.

Guest Speakers

From current pharmacy students to pharmacy school admissions professionals and experts in the field of healthcare, PRX gives students the chance to hear from and ask questions to a host of individuals that provide insight into the application process or what to expect in and out of pharmacy school.

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Clinical Shadowing Opportunities

Observing a professional in their place of work is critical for a student to discern in the direction they take in their professional career. Through the PRX program, students shadow pharmacy professionals based on area of interest, helping students find their passion and assisting in building their application portfolio.


Registration Information

Registrar Number Course Name Meeting Time Location
2015 Spring Semester
13146 PRX 102 Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM Rigge 120
13147 PRX 202 Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM Rigge 120