At Creighton University, we want health sciences students to be able to work in a wide variety of clinical settings with diverse patient populations. That’s why we established our Phoenix campus at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, one the region’s premier hospitals and the future home to a suite of health sciences degree programs.
New Health Sciences Campus
Expected to open in 2021, the 180,000-square-foot Phoenix campus will serve nearly 900 students. It will include a four-year medical school and programs for nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy and physician assistants.
Rooted in the values of a Jesuit education, the Phoenix campus will give students the opportunities to develop their skills and transform their world.
Finish at Phoenix
Creighton medical school students in Omaha can now study in Phoenix. After spending their first two years of medical school training in Omaha, students can enter a lottery to be one of 42 students to finish their final two years at the Phoenix campus. The clinical training at either campus will prepare students for highly competitive and prestigious residencies across the country.
Students can also now earn an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) in Phoenix.
Meeting a Need
Creighton’s infusion of medical professionals comes at a crucial time for Arizona, which faces a boom in population and a shortfall in 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 by 2030. Arizona needs more compassionate, well-educated professionals to meet the health care needs of a growing senior population.
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 rotations. In 2009, Creighton teamed up with St. Joseph’s to establish a School of Medicine in Phoenix. 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.
Creighton and St. Joseph’s have partnered with District Medical Group and Valleywise Health to form the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance to better serve the underserved in the Southwest.
The Alliance aims to increase the number of physicians and other health care professionals in Arizona by improving and expanding current health education programs. Through this partnership, Creighton’s School of Medicine now offers more than 30 residency and fellowship programs in Phoenix and Omaha.