All of the following Christian universities offer a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, which is required to become a licensed pharmacist, and some of the schools have relevant undergraduate programs or master's-level programs as well. Many schools provide accelerated programs for students to receive their bachelor's and master's or their master's and PhD/PharmD in less time than a traditional education.
Since the PharmD is required for a pharmacist career, the following table looks at the cost of each school's PharmD program for a year, according to the school websites. Check out details about each school's specific denomination in the Christian faith as well.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Graduate PharmD Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Ohio Northern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Ada, OH||$36,500|
|Creighton University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Omaha, NE||$35,794|
|Chapman University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Orange, CA||$75,315 (PharmD), $52,645 (MS or PhD)|
|Campbell University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Buies Creek, NC||$38,200|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||West Palm Beach, FL||$36,990|
Source: *School Websites
Summary of Christian Pharmacy Schools
Schools that teach pharmacy primarily teach it through graduate or professional degree programs, such as the PharmD or a master's degree or PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences. Undergraduate programs, such as a pre-pharmacy program, are also an option at a few of the following schools. With all programs, students will spend plenty of time completing rotations for practice in various settings. Each school's affiliation with the Christian faith is evident in the on-campus opportunities for worship and service, which are also explored below.
Ohio Northern University
For its 2018 school rankings, U.S. News and World Report named Ohio Northern University (ONU) the fourth best regional college and value school in the Midwest. At the RAABE College of Pharmacy, students can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Unlike many colleges, ONU offers a direct enrollment program for high school graduates into the PharmD program. It can be completed in six years, fast-tracking your education. In the final year of study, you'll be placed into nine different rotations for practice in various environments. On campus, chapel is held every Thursday, along with lunch for those who join. There are a number of Christian service groups and clubs, and one of interest for pharmacy students would be the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, where students work in worldwide pharmaceutical services.
At the Creighton University School of Medicine, students can earn a master's or PharmD degree. Should you wish to obtain your PharmD, you must first earn your Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences to provide important foundational education, or you can earn it as part of the dual program. Students can then concentrate in one of four areas: pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, social and administrative pharmacy, or pharmaceutics. Campus ministry is strong at Creighton, with several worship opportunities, retreats, faith development activities, and sacrament preparation. As a Catholic Jesuit college, Creighton has an on-campus program for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). A unique opportunity at Creighton is the Companions Dinner, where students can invite up to ten friends for a themed faith-based dinner. Campus Ministry provides all the food for the event.
Chapman University was the fifth best regional university in the West according to U.S. News and World Report in 2018. As an institution affiliated with the Christian Church, Chapman views it as important for students of all faiths and denominations to feel welcome and supported. The Fish Interfaith Center houses several religious groups, including traditional Christian groups. For pharmacy students, Chapman offers several degree programs. Students can begin with the pre-pharmacy program or the 4+1 undergraduate/MS degree, where they can begin working toward their pharmaceutical science master's during their senior year and earn it one year after graduation. Students can also study for the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences or move forward with the PharmD or PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
At Campbell University, pharmacy students have several degree program options from which to choose. Starting with a bachelor's degree, student can study for the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences or plan ahead with the 5 years + research option, which gets students their BS and MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students can then continue on to get their MS or their PharmD. PharmD/MS courses include protein analysis and bioassays, product and process validation, the US healthcare system, pharmaceutical calculations, immunology, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and therapeutic drug monitoring. As at many other Christian colleges, Campbell's students can join a ministry or Bible groups, take a missions trip, and take part in community service to help spread the love and Word of God.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
To earn your PharmD degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, you'll complete several courses and complete six required rotations in different medical departments. You'll also have the opportunity to spread your faith through missions trips, like the medical mission trips to Costa Rica, the Amazon, Africa, and other regions. Courses in the PharmD program are specific to certain areas, such as infectious disease pharmacotherapy, musculoskeletal pharmacology, renal pharmacology, and dermatologic pharmacology. Ethics, laws, and math are all studied as well. Chapel attendance is required, and students must attend at least 24 chapel services each year.