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US Residency Requirements

Creighton University School of Medicine requires applicants to be either United States citizens or United States permanent residents in order to qualify for admission.  In addition, applicants are asked to complete their required courses at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada.  


Extracurricular Requirements

The Committee on Admissions will select those applicants whom they judge to be the best qualified for the study and practice of medicine.  In evaluating the applicants, consideration will be given to all of the qualities considered to be necessary in a physician: intellectual curiosity, emotional maturity, honesty, and proper motivation, and proven scholastic ability. 

In addition, the Committee on Admissions requires applicants to have a foundation in the following activities:

  • Commitment to "service of others" through non-medical volunteer activities
  • Physician shadowing experiences
  • Patient contact through clinical and/or medical experiences

Scientific research, though not required for admission, is also highly valued by the Committee on Admissions.


Educational Requirements

The minimum educational requirement for admission to the School of Medicine is the completion of a bachelor's degree and all course requirements.  Please note that all course requirements need to be completed by June 1 of the entrance year.  (The Office of Medical Admissions encourages students to complete all academic requirements prior to sitting for the MCAT.)  In addition, all course requirements must be completed at an accredited college or university located within the United States or Canada.

College studies prior to admission to the School of Medicine should include subjects appropriate to a liberal arts education.  The following courses are required for admission and are considered essential for the successful pursuit of the medical curriculum at Creighton University.  


Admission Requirements

Required Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Human/Animal/Mammalian Physiology at the advanced level1
  • Statistics2,3
  • English: Two courses4
  1. Creighton considers Physiology courses that have a general biology and/or general chemistry prerequisite to be advanced level courses.
  2. Fall 2016 applicants may fulfill the statistics requirement by one of the following options:
    • Completing a statistics course.
    • Completing a non-statistics course that includes coursework that provides the applicant with fundamental knowledge of methods for analyzing, interpreting and applying data in life sciences.  Required principles include:
      • Correlation
      • Estimation and hypothesis testing
      • Graphical and numerical descriptions of data
      • Linear regression models
      • Measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and dispersion (range, standard, deviations)
      • Probability models
      • Reasoning about random and systematic error
  3. Fall 2017 applicants will need to complete a statistics course in order fulfill the requirement.
  4. Applicants may fulfill the English requirement by completing two English courses or two courses designated as "Writing Intensive" and/or "Certified Writing".

Creighton understands that many applicants may not have completed the new prerequisite courses prior to submitting their AMCAS.  Applicants are still encouraged to apply for admission to Creighton.  However, applicants will be required to complete the prerequisite courses prior to class matriculation in August 2016.

The Committee on Admission will allow applicants to fulfill the Statistics and Physiology requirement with a course that provides the required academic foundation.  Please forward the following information for the course you wished reviewed to

  • Official course description
  • Course syllabus

Applicants are free to submit one course for review to fulfill the Physiology requirement, and one course for review to fulfill the Statistics requirement.  The Committee on Admission will not accept, or review, a list of courses to fulfill one requirement. 

Preference for Admission

Preference for Admission will be given to applicants who complete at least one advanced science course, in addition to the required coursework, that provides a foundation within human and/or molecular-cellular biology.



MCAT Preparation

In addition to Creighton's course prerequisites, applicants are encouraged to complete courses that will assist them in achieving competitive scores on the MCAT.  Applicants should review the MCAT website for a listing of courses that will provide the academic foundational concepts needed to be prepared to sit for the test.  Below are suggested courses. 

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics


MCAT Timeline

Applicants are encouraged to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring or summer of the year preceding their application to medical school.  Creighton University will not consider MCAT scores submitted from examinations taken prior to those listed in the "Oldest MCAT Score" column in the table below.  The latest MCAT scores considered are listed in the "Newest MCAT Score" column.

Entry Year 

    Oldest MCAT Accepted 

    Newest MCAT Accepted

Fall 2016

    January 2013

       September 2015

Fall 2017

    January 2014

       September 2016

Fall 2018

    January 2015

       September 2017

Fall 2019

    January 2016

       September 2018