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 completion of 90 semester hours of college credit exclusive of credits from the following areas: military science, physical education, and similar courses. All requirements should 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 requirements must be completed at an accredited college or university located within the United States or Canada.
Preference for admission into the Creighton University School of Medicine will be given to those applicants who have obtained a Bachelorís degree if all other admissions factors to be considered are equal.
College studies prior to admission to the School of Medicine should include subjects appropriate to a liberal arts education. These subjects must be taken within the framework of a Bachelorís degree program at an accredited institution located within the United States or Canada. The following courses are required for admission and are considered essential for the successful pursuit of the medical curriculum at Creighton University as well as preparation for the MCAT.
Biology (with lab)
Chemistry, Inorganic (with lab)
Chemistry, Organic (with lab)
English (coursework with stress on composition)
Physics (with lab)
Strongly Recommended Courses
Courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as others that require critical thinking, reading skills, and reading comprehension are also strongly recommended for any applicant. Applicants are also encouraged to acquire facility in speaking and writing the Spanish Language.
Applicants may pursue a baccalaureate program within any major discipline except military science. Applicants are encouraged to complete majors appropriate to their academic interest. Examples are biology, business, chemistry, English, foreign language, history, literature, physics, political science, psychology, or sociology. Up to 27 hours of credit earned under Advance Placement (AP), CLEP, and/or P/F status are acceptable.
Applicants should take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring of the year preceding their application to medical school. Fall test results may be used in the evaluation of applicants who are not applying under the Early Decision Program (EDP). Creighton University will not consider MCAT scores submitted from examinations taken prior to January 2011. The latest MCAT scores considered is September 2013.