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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 "Traffic Rules" known as "AAMC Recommendations for Medical School Admissions Officers".  Applicants are advised to consult and follow "AAMC Recommendations for Medical School 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.

 

AMCAS

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 2014 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.  Applicants who submit a verified AMCAS application to Creighton are invited, by email, to complete the Creighton Secondary Application Process.  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 2012.
  • $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 will not be evaluated for interview purposes until it is complete and includes the following credentials:

  • Verified AMCAS Application
  • MCAT Scores
    • Oldest considered:  January 2011
    • Latest considered:  September 2013
  • Secondary Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • 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 2012.
  • Photograph
  • Application Fee

    

The Office of Medical Admissions will notify you by email when we have received all credentials required to complete your file.  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, 2014.

 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Recommendations may take the following form(s), and need to be submitted by January 15, 2014, to the Office of Medical Admissions through AMCAS.  Please review the 2014 AMCAS Instruction Manual for complete details.

 

Please Take Special Note:

  • Please review the Creighton definitions of science and non-science recommendation letters below.
  • Creighton will only accept letters that are signed and dated.  The letters must be current and written during 2012 or later.  Letters written before 2012 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:

If you completed your undergraduate degree on or before September 2011, please have three letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with your recent scientific work or study experience.  Letters must be dated during 2012 or later and signed by the letter writer.

 

TRADITIONAL APPLICANTS:

Pre-Health Committee (Option A):

If your institution has a Pre-Health Committee, please submit a "Committee Letter" of recommendation.  This letter will fulfill your letters of recommendation requirement.  Letters must be dated during 2012 or later.

If your institution submits a packet of individual letters on your behalf, the packet is considered equivalent to a "Committee Letter," and will fulfill your letters of recommendation requirement.  However, the letters within the packet must comply with the requirements listed under Option B below.

 

Three Letters of Recommendation (Option B):

If your institution does not have a Pre-Health Committee, please have three letters of recommendation from faculty submitted on your behalf.  We require that two of the letters be submitted by science professors and one from a non-science professor.  These letters can be from either undergraduate or graduate course studies.  Recommenders are asked to list in which of their course(s) you were enrolled.  Letters must be dated during 2012 or later and signed by the letter writer.

These letters may be submitted in one of the following forms:

Form 1:

  • One letter from your pre-medical or pre-health advisor
  • One letter from a professor whose science course you completed for academic credit, and/or a professor who directed your science research for academic credit
  • Note:  Lab research work does not qualify unless you received academic credit for the course
  • One letter from a professor whose non-science course you completed for academic credit

Form 2:

  • Two letters from science professors from courses you completed for academic credit, and/or science professors who directed your science research for academic credit
  • Note:  Lab research work does not qualify unless you received academic credit for the course
  • One letter from a professor whose non-science course you completed for academic credit

   

**Science Recommendation letters are accepted from full-time faculty from the following departments:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Exercise Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

      

**Non-science Recommendation letters are accepted from full-time faculty from any department not listed above.  This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Theology

  

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.

 

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS

You will be notified by e-mail when your file is complete.

If a completion notification is not received within 30 days after you feel your application should have been complete, please contact the Office of Medical Admissions at: MedAdmissions@creighton.edu to ascertain what items have not yet been received.

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, 2014, 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.

 

APPLICATION UPDATES

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

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 application, Supplemental application, letters of recommendation, etc.

  

ADMISSION DECISIONS

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:

  • Acceptance
  • Placement on the Alternate List
  • Rejection

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 List is a "pool" of applicants and is not ranked.  Applicants who are on the Alternate List will be reviewed for acceptance purposes after the May 15th deposit deadline.

 

DEGREE PROGRAMS

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.

 

TRANSCRIPTS

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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