Application Process

HOW TO APPLY TO CREIGHTON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

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Explore the information below and learn more about the application process at Creighton.

Creighton School of Medicine Admissions Process

  • June 1: Submit your application at aamc.org/students.
  • September 1: Regular M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. interviews begin.
  • October 15: Regular M.D. applicants receive notifications of admission decisions.
  • November 1: AMCAS application deadline.
  • November 15: Deadline for submitting transcript(s) to AMCAS.
  • January 15: Regular M.D. and MD/Ph.D. secondary application deadline.
  • March 15: Ph.D. applicants receive notifications of admission decisions.
  • April 30: Deadline to withdraw acceptance and receive a deposit refund.

AMCAS Application

Creighton participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS is a centralized, web-based application service that allows applicants to complete and submit one primary application to multiple schools.

AMCAS Deadlines:

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 admission into the Fall M1 class. Please apply as early as possible.

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.

The process begins July 1 and includes submission of the following:

  • Secondary application form
  • Letters of recommendation
  • $95 non-refundable* application fee
  • Recent digital photograph

*Fee waivers may be granted to applicants who participate in the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP). 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 submitting their AMCAS.

Note: Creighton does not pre-screen for secondary invitations. Applicants are encouraged to review the admissions pages to ascertain their competitiveness for admission to Creighton.

An application is complete after the following credentials have been submitted:

  • Verified AMCAS
  • MCAT scores
    • Oldest considered: January 2014
    • Latest considered: September 2016
  • Secondary application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Photograph
  • Application fee
     

When all required credentials have been received, the Office of Medical Admissions will notify you by email. However, we cannot assume responsibility for 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 determine your application status. All application credentials must be received by January 15.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations may take the following form(s) and must be submitted to the Office of Medical Admissions through the AMCAS Letter Service by January 15.

Non-Traditional Applicants

Bachelor’s degree completed on or before September 2014

Please have three letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with your recent scientific work or study experience. Letters must be dated during 2015 or later and signed by the letter writer.

Traditional Applicants

Option 1: Committee Letter
A committee letter submitted by the Premedical Committee of the applicants’ institution is required if available. The committee letter fulfills Creighton’s letters of recommendation requirements.

Option 2: Three Letters
Applicants are asked to submit three letters of recommendation if a committee letter is not available. The three letters, in combination, are required to fulfill one of the following selections:

  • One letter from the applicant’s official premedical adviser and two letters from faculty members (one science* and one non-science**)
  • Three letters from faculty members – two science and one non-science
     

Creighton only accepts letters from the following groups:

  • Premedical committee
  • Premedical advisers
  • Faculty members whose courses the applicant completed for academic credit
  • Faculty members who directed the applicant’s research for academic credit
     

*Science recommendation letters are accepted from faculty within the following departments:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Exercise science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
     

**Non-science recommendation letters are accepted from faculty within any department not listed above. This may include:

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

Additional Recommendation Letters

You may ask other persons, including Creighton medical alumni and physicians you have shadowed, to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. However, additional letters may not be used to substitute for the required letters listed above.

Notes to Consider:

  • Letters must be dated during 2015 or later and signed by the letter writer.
  • 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, but both the TA and the faculty member responsible for the course must sign the letter.
  • Letters of recommendation from retired faculty members you completed courses for academic credit from during your college career will also be accepted.

 

Transcripts

All accepted applicants must 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 15 of the matriculating year. 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

Please 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 your final grades/degree are posted, but no later than July 15.

If transcripts are not received by July 15 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.

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

Background Check Policy

Creighton University School of Medicine requires a background check for all students to enhance the health and safety of patients, students, faculty and staff, to adhere to applicable healthcare regulations and to attest to students’ background and eligibility status for affiliated clinical facilities and licensure entities. The background check determines whether there are incidents in an applicant’s history that would pose a risk to others or prohibit the individual from being licensed in the future.

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

When your file is complete, you will be notified by email. If you haven’t received a completion notification within 30 days of submitting the required credentials, please contact the Office of Medical Admissions at medadmissions [at] creighton [dot] edu.

The committee cannot consider your file until it’s complete. Files must be completed by January 15 to ensure further consideration. Since the Office of Medical Admissions reviews applications on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to apply as early in the cycle as possible.  

Interviews

Interviews are held on Fridays and Saturdays from September through March and require a full-day commitment from the candidate. Applicants selected to interview will be notified via email. Details about the interview will be provided in the email.

Creighton hosts “open” interviews, which allow evaluators to review each applicant’s total file: AMCAS, secondary application, letters of recommendation, etc.

Email Communication

Creighton communicates with applicants primarily through email. This includes communications about missing information, interview invitations and confirmations.

Check your email often and notify both Creighton and AMCAS if your email address changes. Many applicants who report problems receiving Creighton email communications use clients such as Hotmail and Yahoo! that intercept our communications in their spam folders. It’s important to check your email and determine if you can override the spam filters and authorize all email communications from “creighton.edu.” If you cannot override the filter, we encourage you to regularly review your spam folder.

admissions decisions

The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of their admissions decision by mail. This includes:

  • Acceptance
  • Addition to the alternate pool*
  • Rejection
     

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants who complete the application process early have a better chance of receiving both an interview and acceptance into Creighton University.

*The alternate pool is a pool of unranked applicants. Applicants in the alternate pool will be reviewed for acceptance after the April 30 deposit deadline.

Technical Standards Policy

Please review the Creighton University School of Medicine Technical Standards Policy, and consult the Office of Medical Admissions if you have questions. When answering the supplemental application question that alludes to “reasonable accommodations,” do not disclose any request for accommodations at this time. 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.