At Creighton University, we want health sciences students to work in a wide variety of clinical settings with diverse patient populations. That’s why we are expanding our suite of health sciences degree programs in Phoenix with a new campus featuring a full four-year medical school and physician assistant, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs.
Soon-to-be the largest Catholic health professions educator in the nation, Creighton University is preparing students for a workforce that demands their commitment to innovative care and service.
New Health Sciences Campus
The 183,000-square-foot Phoenix campus is expected to open in 2021 at Park Central in midtown Phoenix. When completed, the campus will be home to a four-year medical school and will accommodate nearly 900 students, including future physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists and physician assistants.
The modern facility—to feature cutting-edge technology, equipment and spaces—will enrich Creighton’s Jesuit education. On campus and in the community, students will have opportunities to develop skills and transform health care.
Our Programs in Phoenix
Creighton medical school students have studied in Phoenix since 2007. In 2009, Creighton expanded its partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix by opening a Creighton campus there for third- and fourth-year medical students. After spending their first two years of medical school training in Omaha, students can enter a lottery to be one of 48 students to finish their final two years at the Phoenix campus. The clinical training at either campus prepares students for highly competitive and prestigious residencies nationwide.
Omaha native Britney Bell, BSCHM’13, MD’18, completed her last two years of medical school in Phoenix and stayed in the city for her residency. “I wanted to experience the difference in population and the diversity that Phoenix offered,” she said. “It surprised me how much the city ended up feeling like home.”
Creighton offers one of the nation’s most successful and longest running accelerated nursing programs—now in Phoenix. The accelerated BSN program prepares students to be career-ready in just 12 months. The Phoenix campus will also house programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physician assistant training.
Meeting a Need
Creighton’s infusion of health professionals comes at a crucial time for Arizona, which faces a boom in population and a shortfall in physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. By 2030, the state is expected to have just one primary care doctor for every 1,500 people and a projected shortage of 50,000 nurses.
Arizona needs more compassionate, well-trained professionals to meet the growing health demands of an aging population as well as new generations of Arizonans.
Our Arizona History
For more than a decade, Creighton University has been an academic mainstay in Phoenix, sending medical students to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for education and clinical training. St. Joseph’s is home to the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Norton Thoracic Institute, Center for Women’s Health, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and a Level I Trauma Center.
Since Creighton began its presence in Phoenix, a growing number of Creighton-educated physicians have stayed in Arizona for their residency programs. Creighton also has a large network of health sciences alumni throughout the state.
Partnerships in Arizona
The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance is a partnership between Creighton University, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, District Medical Group and Valleywise Health to better serve the underserved populations of Arizona.
The Creighton Alliance aims to increase the number of physicians and other health care professionals in Arizona by improving and expanding graduate medical education (GME) programs. Through this partnership, Creighton’s School of Medicine now offers more than 30 residency and fellowship programs in Phoenix and Omaha.
As one of Arizona’s largest GME providers, the Creighton Alliance is an opportunity for future generations of medical professionals to be health care leaders in the Southwest.