Creighton’s largest and oldest college provides students the personal attention they need to be critical and ethical thinkers, creative problem-solvers and clear communicators. The college offers more than 60 majors and minors, as well as pre-professional programs in a wide range of disciplines. Students are prepared to consider issues from multiple perspectives, making them well-rounded individuals and valuable members of any team. The Magis Core Curriculum ensures that all students gain a common set of abilities, in addition to knowledge in their field of study. Undergraduates have many opportunities to do original research, which many universities don’t offer until graduate school. Each year, Creighton undergraduates give more than 400 presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Creighton has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top institution for undergraduate research and creative projects.
For more than 60 years, the College of Nursing has been a leader in preparing the next generation of nursing professionals. Innovative programs are offered on campuses in Omaha and Grand Island, Nebraska, and in Phoenix. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Creighton’s accelerated BSN was one of the first in the nation, and Creighton was the first nursing school in Nebraska to offer the DNP degree and preparation for one of the newest nursing roles, the Clinical Nurse Leader. Creighton’s BSN graduates meet or exceed the national average for first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination.
In 2022, the state of Arizona announced plans to invest $25.7 million in the College of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program, guaranteeing at least 300 additional clinic-ready, rigorously educated nurses in the Arizona workforce by 2030.
College of Professional and Continuing Education
Since 1983, the College of Professional and Continuing Education has been meeting – and exceeding – the needs of adult learners. These nontraditional students are supported with flexible learning programs and the resources they need to succeed. With more than 90 majors and minors to choose from, students may take classes on campus during the day or choose online classes to fit studies into their busy lives. No matter which program of study, students benefit from a team of people in place to provide support, including academic coaches, to help them every step of the way. From academic advising to the Career Center staff, Creighton’s adult learners have access to the resources they need, when they need them.
The first master’s degree was conferred at Creighton in 1898 and the Graduate School was formally established as a separate division of the University in 1926. The Graduate School serves a variety of students across many disciplines, including business, health care, education, medical research, and theology. There are over 45 master’s level programs available, including accelerated programs, as well as PhD programs and an interdisciplinary EdD in leadership. Creighton graduate programs are designed to meet the needs of students, and are available in a number of delivery methods, including on-campus, online, and hybrid/blended. Nearly two-thirds of graduate students enroll on a part-time basis, which allows them to continue their education while maintaining current employment and meeting the needs of their families.
The Heider College of Business has long received top rankings and recognition. The college is on the cutting edge of business education through innovative programs in leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, investment management and financial analysis, business ethics, and more. Heider is among only the top 2% of business schools in the world to be accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International. More than 90% of students completing at least one internship, 98% of Heider graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, or involved in a service program within six months of graduation. The annual Creighton Business Symposium is the largest student-run business conference in the nation and the iJay store is the first student-run, Apple® authorized campus store. Heider College is one of the first in the U.S. to offer the FinTech degree – an innovative program for an in-demand career field – and four-year leadership development and career development programs for all business students.
Since its founding in 1905, the School of Dentistry has prepared thousands of dentists for lives of professional excellence, community leadership and compassionate service. Creighton’s close-knit and service-oriented academic community offers students the education and clinical experience they need to begin professionally practicing dentistry upon graduation. Accessible faculty members provide rigorous training and, alongside students, push the boundaries of dental knowledge through cutting-edge research. The state-of-the-art 200,000-plus square-foot dental facility is also home to the Creighton Dental Clinic, where more than 14,000 adults and children receive quality care and a full range of dental services. Thousands of dental visits also are provided annually in elementary schools through the school’s Healthy Smiles program.
The School of Law was founded in 1904 not only to prepare lawyers, but also to develop leaders. It provides students with a powerful education rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Its mission is to provide intellectual challenge, academic rigor, and an opportunity to develop a foundation of moral values for lifelong service in the law; an environment for faculty that encourages personal growth and scholarly achievement; and continue its long-established tradition of service to the bar and citizens of the community. Along with its traditional JD program, the law school offers accelerated and part-time JD programs – tailored for busy adult learners and recent college graduates who want to start right away on their law degree – along with dual-degree programs.
The School of Medicine has two campuses: one in Omaha and one in Phoenix. Graduates of the School of Medicine practice in all 50 states and are recognized for extraordinary clinical skills, empathy, cultural competence, and commitment to service. Graduates’ medical licensing scores and pass rates consistently exceed the national average, and 91% of 2021 graduates matched with their specialties of choice. One of the ways Creighton advances health care is through research, and Creighton researchers are driven by a strong desire to make a difference in patients’ lives. They are making discoveries and developing new therapies in bacterial resistance, cancer, hearing loss, the conditions that impact bone health and loss, and more.
Founded in 1905, the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has been a groundbreaking national leader in doctoral health professions education. The school developed the first Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) entry-level degree programs in the United States. It also offered the first accredited online pharmacy program in the nation. The school’s Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety is recognized nationally for its work in patient safety research and education. Students in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions receive excellent foundational education in the basic and professional sciences and first-rate clinical education with faculty who are among the best in the nation. Students also receive their clinical education with an emphasis on interprofessional education and practice, which accentuates team care and patient-centered care, both vital for the practitioners of tomorrow.