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.
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.
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.
- Human/Animal/Mammalian Physiology at the advanced level1
- English: two courses that emphasize writing
- Creighton considers physiology courses that have a general biology and/or general chemistry prerequisite to be advanced level courses.
- Fall 2016 applicants may fulfill the statistics requirement by one of the following options:
- Completing a specific statistics course.
- Completing a non-statistics course that includes coursework that provides the applicant with foundational statistical concepts.
- Fall 2017 applicants will need to complete a statistics course in order fulfill the 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 builds a foundation within human or molecular-cellular biology.
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
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.
Oldest MCAT Scores
Newest MCAT Scores