INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
The Committee on Medical Admissions knows that you have worked very hard to reach this stage in the cycle of application to medical school. As we proceed together, our goal is to make the application process as pleasant as possible.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR E-MAIL PROGRAM
The Office of Medical Admissions uses e-mail as its primary source of communication with applicants. This includes communications about missing information, interview invitations and confirmations. We request that you check your e-mail often and notify both Creighton and AMCAS of any changes in your e-mail address. Many applicants who report problems receiving Creighton e-mail communications use programs such as Hotmail and Yahoo that intercept our communications in their spam filters. It is imperative that you check your e-mail to determine if you can override the spam filters and authorize all communications from "creighton.edu." If you cannot override the filter, we encourage you to review your Spam folder to see if the e-mail host program has intercepted any Creighton communications.
Please note: Creighton's application procedures and deadlines comply with the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Admission Officers. Applicants are advised to consult and follow the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants.
The following information is intended to supplement the Creighton University Bulletin, as well as our brochure and web site. Please feel free to contact the Office of Medical Admissions at MedAdmissions@creighton.edu and let us know if we can clarify any issues or answer any questions that you may have.
Creighton University participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS is the centralized, web-based, application service that allows applicants to complete and submit one primary application to multiple schools. Applicants are asked to meet the following AMCAS deadlines in order to be considered for admission into Creighton University.
- Submission of AMCAS Application: November 1
- Submission of transcripts to AMCAS: November 15
Applicants who do not meet the above deadlines will not be considered for admissions into the Fall M1 Class. In addition, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible due to Creighton's rolling admission policy!
SECONDARY APPLICATION PROCESS
AMCAS forwards all verified applications to the medical schools applicants designate. All applicants who submit a verified AMCAS application to Creighton are invited, by email, to complete the Creighton Secondary Application Process. (Please note that Creighton does not pre-screen for secondary invitations. Applicants are encouraged to review the Admissions webpages to ascertain their competitiveness for admission to Creighton). This process begins July 1st and includes submission of the following materials:
- Secondary Application Form
- Letters of Recommendations
- Letters must be dated
- Letters must be signed by the letter writer
- Creighton asks applicants to submit current letters of recommendation. Due to this fact, Creighton will not accept letters dated prior to 2014.
- $95 Application Fee
- Recent Digital Photograph
The $95 application fee is non-refundable. Fee waivers may be granted to applicants who participate in the AAMC fee assistance program (FAP). In order to qualify for the secondary application fee waiver please do not submit your AMCAS until you have been approved for FAP. Creighton will not grant secondary application fee waivers to applicants who apply for FAP after they have submitted their AMCAS.
An application is complete after the following credentials have been submitted:
- Verified AMCAS
- MCAT Scores
- Oldest considered: January 2013
- Latest considered: September 2015
- Secondary Application
- Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee
The Office of Medical Admissions will notify you by email when all required credentials have been received. However, the Office of Medical Admissions is unable to assume responsibility of notifying applicants of missing credentials. If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting all credentials please contact the Office of Medical Admissions to ascertain your application status. All application credentials must be received by the Office of Medical Admissions by January 15.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendations may take the following form(s), and need to be submitted by January 15, to the Office of Medical Admissions through the AMCAS Letter Service.
Please Take Special Note:
- Please review the Creighton definitions of science and non-science recommendation letters below.
- Creighton only accepts letters that are signed and dated. The letters must be current and written during 2014 or later. Older letters will not be accepted.
- Letters of Recommendation from athletic coaches may not be used to fulfill any part of the requirements.
- Letters of Recommendation from Graduate Teaching Assistants will be accepted, however, the letter must be signed by both the TA and the faculty member responsible for the course.
- Letters of Recommendation will be accepted from retired faculty members you completed courses from for academic credit during your college career.
NON-TRADITIONAL APPLICANTS: (Bachelor's degree completed on or before September 2013)
Please have three letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with your recent scientific work or study experience. Letters must be dated during 2014 or later and signed by the letter writer.
Option 1: Committee Letter
A Committee Letter submitted by the Premedical Committee of the applicant's institution is required if available. The Committee Letter fulfills Creighton's letters of recommendation requirements.
Option 2: Letter Packet
Applicants are asked to submit three letters of recommendation. The Letter Packet should include three (3) letters of recommendation and equate to one of the following options:
- One (1) letter from the applicant's official premedical adviser, and two (2) letters from faculty members (one science and one non-science).
- Three (3) letters from faculty members (two science and one non-science).
Please note: Creighton only accepts letters from the following groups:
- Premedical Committee
- Premedical Adviser
- Faculty members whose courses the applicant completed for academic credit.
- Faculty members who directed the applicant's research for academic credit.
Letters must be dated during 2014 or later and signed by the letter writer.
**Science Recommendation letters are accepted from faculty within the following departments:
- Exercise Science
**Non-science Recommendation letters are accepted from faculty within any department not listed above. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Foreign Languages
Additional Recommendation Letters:
If you desire, you may ask other persons, including Creighton Medical Alumni and physicians you have shadowed, to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Please understand that additional letters may not be used as substitutes for the above-required letters.
TECHNICAL STANDARDS POLICY
Please review the Creighton University School of Medicine Technical Standards Policy. Read the Policy carefully and consult the Office of Medical Admissions if you have any questions. When answering the supplemental application question that alludes to "reasonable accommodations," do not at this time disclose any request for accommodations if any are needed. Requests for accommodations can be made after acceptance. If you answer that you cannot complete the curriculum, this effectively withdraws your application. If you have questions about these standards; please contact the Office of Medical Admissions.
BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY
Please review the CUSOM Background Check Policy. Read the policy carefully and consult the Office of Medical Admissions if you have any questions. If you have been convicted of, or pled no contest to, a felony and/or misdemeanor please list them on the Supplementary Application Form. You may also provide explanations for any entries.
You will be notified by e-mail when your file is complete.
Please contact the Office of Medical Admissions at: MedAdmissions@creighton.edu if a completion notification is not received within 30 days after you have submitted the required credentials.
Time is of the essence! Your file cannot receive consideration by the Committee on Admissions until your file is complete. Files must be completed by January 15, in order to ensure further consideration. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the cycle due to the fact the Office of Medical Admissions reviews applications on a rolling admissions procedure.
The Committee on Admissions encourages students to provide updates to their applications once their files are complete. The Committee particularly appreciates receiving the following updates:
- Grade updates for coursework in progress during the time of application
- Shadowing experiences
- Clinical experiences
- Non-medical service experiences
All updates must be uploaded through the Secondary Application Portal by utilizing the following instructions:
- Log into the Secondary Application Portal.
- Click the Check Status/Next Steps menu option located on the right of the page. You will be taken to the Check Status Page.
- Under the Update Materials section, please click the Document Uploads radial button. You will be taken to the Update Materials webpage. Please follow the instructions on the page to submit your updates. The Office does not accept books, tapes, or bulky objects.
Interviews are held on Fridays and Saturdays from September through March, and require a full day's commitment on the part of the candidate. Applicants selected to receive an interview will be notified through e-mail. Details about the interview will be explained within the e-mail.
Creighton hosts "open" interviews which allows evaluators to review each applicant's total file: AMCAS, secondary application, letters of recommendation, etc.
The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants by mail of their admissions decision.
After the completion of an interview, applicants will receive notification by mail of:
- Addition to the Alternate Pool
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants who complete the application process early have a better chance for receiving both an interview and acceptance into Creighton University.
Please note that the Alternate Pool is a "pool" of applicants and is not ranked. Applicants who are in the Alternate Pool will be reviewed for acceptance purposes after the April 30th deposit deadline.
If you are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, you must complete that degree prior to matriculation at Creighton University School of Medicine. This includes all students enrolled in one of the following programs:
- Bachelor's Program
- Master's Program
- Ph.D. Program
- Certificate Program
Please review the following section on transcripts for important requirements in this regard.
It is essential that all accepted applicants arrange for an official transcript from each post-secondary institution previously and/or currently attended to arrive at the Office of Medical Admissions no later than July 15th of the matriculating year.
SPECIAL NOTE: Transcripts sent to AMCAS at the beginning of the application process do not fulfill this requirement.
If you have earned a degree from an institution, the transcript must reflect that status. If you are currently enrolled in an academic program please submit a transcript to the Office of Medical Admissions after the posting of your final grades/degree, but no later than July 15th of the matriculating year.
If transcripts are not received by July 15th, and you have not contacted the Office of Medical Admissions to obtain an extension, we reserve the right to withdraw your acceptance and award your seat to an alternate.
Transcripts should be mailed to:
Office of Medical Admissions
Creighton University School of Medicine
Criss II, Room 102
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178-0408
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