Admissions Requirements

PA Program Admissions Requirements and Process

Residency Requirement

Applicants must be US citizens or US legal permanent residents to qualify for admission to the program. All students for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL score taken within the 2 years prior to the September 1 application deadline. Minimum TOEFL score is 100. A TOEFL score must be received in order for your application to be reviewed.

General Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited US or Canadian educational institution
    • Degree may be in progress at the time of application submission, but must be completed, with official proof of graduation submitted to the Program by July 15, prior to matriculation.
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • 3.0 cumulative total GPA (as calculated by CASPA) is required for eligibility for the program
    • Grades for repeated courses will be averaged together and the mean grade will be used in GPA calculations for purposes of the application.
  • Minimum Course Grades: C or Higher
    • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C (or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • Substitutions
    • The program will not accept coursework graded as Pass/Fail*, obtained by CLEP Examination or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework 
    • Proof of degree and all official course transcripts for prerequisite courses must be received by the program by July 15 prior to matriculation to the program. 
  • Coursework Deadline
    • No more than 16 semester hours of prerequisite coursework may be outstanding (planned or in progress) at the time of application submission.
    • All prerequisite coursework must be completed and official transcripts received by the program by July 15 of the summer prior to matriculation. Acceptance into the program will be conditional upon completing all required coursework satisfactorily
  • Science GPA
    • No minimum science GPA. Science GPA will be considered as a part of the application review.
  • Science Courses
    • All pre-requisite science courses must be completed at an accredited four-year institution.
    • Exceptions: The prerequisite science courses listed below MAY be taken at a community college or other accredited educational institution:
      • General Biology with lab
      • General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab.
    • Survey courses will not be accepted. 

  • Advanced Placement/Preferences
    • No advanced placement or standing will be awarded for coursework completed prior to matriculation into the PA program. The program’s curriculum is specifically sequenced so each semester provides an educational foundation upon which the following semesters will build. Creighton does not give admissions preference to any specified individuals or groups of people. 
  • GRE: Required
    • Must have been taken within the last 5 years (prior to the September 1 application deadline). Minimum of 25th percentile in each section (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is required. For multiple attempts, the highest score in each category from all attempts will be used.
    • The PA Program CASPA Code is 2693

Coursework Requirements

Biological Sciences

General Biology with lab (required, 4 credits)

  • Community college course credit is accepted for the general biology course requirement.

Human Anatomy with lab (required, 4 credits)
Physiology with lab (required, 4 credits)​

  • A 2-semester sequence of combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (with labs) will be accepted in place of individual Anatomy and Physiology courses.

Microbiology with lab (required, 4 credits)

Recommended but not required: Immunology, Genetics

Chemistry

General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab (required, 8 credits)

  • Two-semester sequence. Community college course credit is accepted for the general/inorganic chemistry course requirement.


Organic Chemistry with lab (required, 4 credits)

  • NOTE: A two-semester sequence is recommended.


Biochemistry (required, 3 credits)

Psychology

General Psychology (3 credits, required)

Abnormal Psychology (3 credits, required)

Mathematics

Statistics (3 credits, required)

  • Biostatistics or statistics in another academic discipline will be accepted.


Additional math courses are not required but algebra or a higher level math course is recommended.

English (6 credits)

English Composition (3 credits, required)
One additional English course (3 credits, required)

Other

Medical Terminology (1 credit, required)

  • *This course is the sole exception that may be taken as pass/fail; however, it must be completed at an accredited institution. Community college credit is accepted.

Extracurricular Requirements

General

Well-Roundedness: The extracurricular requirements and recommendations below are designed to ensure that matriculants to the program are not only academically prepared, but possess the interpersonal and life skills necessary to succeed in clinical practice. We seek individuals who bring rich experiences and varied perspectives to share with their fellow students. We value students who have pursued a robust array of activities such as extracurricular activities, sports, work, volunteer activities, research and leadership opportunities.

Patient Care

Minimum 250 hours required

  • A minimum of 250 hours of patient care experience must be accrued at the time of application submission.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the quality of patient care hours. Direct, hands-on patient care of ill or injured patients in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • Hours obtained as a part of an educational program cannot be counted towards the 250 hours unless it involves hands-on, direct patient care. Observation or shadowing hours will not be accepted.

Examples of Types of Patient Care Experience: ​The program will evaluate applicants based upon the duties and skills involved with their position. The types of experience below are suggestions, but do not constitute an exclusive or exhaustive list of accepted patient care experiences. There may be other acceptable experiences that are not listed below. Please use the criteria described above when determining the type of experience to obtain prior to applying to the PA program.

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • Clinical nutritionist or dietician
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Community health worker
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Emergency room tech
  • Lab assistant/phlebotomist
  • Medic or medical corpsman
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical scribe
  • Paramedic
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical therapy aide
  • RN/LPN
  • Surgical tech

Service (Volunteer and Community Enrichment)

Preferred, but not required

We value the Jesuit principles of service. This emphasis is reflected in our student selection process. Applicants will be evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to service to humankind through non-medical volunteer activities. Applicants will be evaluated on the breadth and depth of their service activities and sustained commitment to cause. 

Shadowing

Preferred, but not required

Shadowing provides applicants with a first-hand look at what it is like to practice as a PA. Shadowing experience in a variety of health care delivery settings (clinics, hospitals, nursing homes) and medical specialties is strongly recommended. Applicants will be evaluated on their experience exploring the PA profession through direct shadowing of PAs in a clinical setting.

Applicants who have spent time shadowing PAs are preferred; however, experience with a variety of different health care providers (MDs, NPs, nurses and other health care professionals) is encouraged. 

Application Requirements

  • CASPA Application: All applicants must apply to the Creighton University PA Program through the CASPA website.
  • Supplemental Application: Students who meet eligibility criteria will be required to submit a supplemental application to be considered for an interview.
    • There is a $50 non-refundable supplemental application fee.
    • Invitation to complete the supplemental application will be sent to applicants upon receipt of a complete and verified application. 
  • Personal Interview: A portion of applicants will be invited for an in-person interview based upon application screening.
    • To be eligible for admission, invited candidates must participate in the in-person interview, if invited.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters required
    • Letters are not required from a specific source. Examples of appropriate sources for reference letters may include: Physician Assistant or Physician (MD or DO), current or former work supervisor, academic source such as an academic advisor, instructor or professor

      • These should be considered suggestions for references only. Applicants should select references based on many factors and should reflect those who know them best. The letters should come from professional sources, not family members or friends.

Matriculation Requirements

  • Technical Standards
    • Students must meet the program-defined Technical Standards, as defined in the Program’s Student Handbook (linked in the ‘Policies’ tab of the Program’s webpage)
    • All accepted candidates are required to meet the program’s Technical Standards (physical and psychological competencies of performance) prior to entering the program and throughout training. Technical standards include capacity for: Observation; Communication; Motor; Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities; and Attitudinal, Behavioral, Interpersonal and Emotional Attributes.
  • Health and Immunization Requirements
    • Upon acceptance, students will be required to submit and maintain evidence of current health status and immunizations. 
  • Student Health Insurance
    • Students are required to maintain University-approved health care insurance coverage while enrolled in the program. The University offers a health plan
  • Drug Screen
    • All students will be required to pass a drug screen prior to matriculation. Random drug screening may be performed during the program. Scheduled drug screening will be repeated prior to the clinical phase of the program. Acceptance to the program is contingent upon drug screen results
  • Background Check
    • All students will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation and prior to starting clinical rotations.  Acceptance to the program is contingent upon the results of the background check.

Admissions Process

April 2018: The CASPA (Central Application System for Physician Assistants) application cycle opens for applicants who wish to enroll in the program in August of 2019. Applications for the class expected to matriculate in August of 2019* should be made through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants. Applicants may visit the CASPA website for more information.

June 2018: The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing completed applications. Applications will be reviewed and scored based on:

  • Academic achievement (GPA, Science GPA, GRE, Academic Rigor)
  • Patient Contact Experience*
  • Non-Health-Care Related Service
  • Shadowing
  • Well-Roundedness
  • Written Communication
  • References

Sept. 1, 2018: All application materials must be received by CASPA

By Oct. 1, 2018: All applicants must complete a supplemental application for their application to be considered complete. There is a $50 non-refundable supplemental application fee. Additional information regarding the supplemental application will be sent to the applicant upon the program’s receipt of the verified application from CASPA.

Interviews and Offers of Admission

On a rolling basis: Invitations will be extended for in-person interviews on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application to CASPA as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are verified and completed, including the supplemental application. Invited candidates will be required to participate in an in-person interview to be considered for admission.

Nov. 2018: All interviews will take place in Omaha, Nebraska.

Late Dec. 2018 or early Jan. 2019: Offers will be extended for positions and alternate positions in the anticipated inaugural class. Upon receiving an offer of admission, candidates will have 14 days to accept the position and conditions of acceptance and to pay the $500 security deposit to secure their position. If the student matriculates, the security deposit will be applied to the student’s tuition. 

PLEASE NOTE: If the program does NOT successfully achieve ARC-PA Accreditation in March of 2019, the program will NOT matriculate students in August 2019, as anticipated. Offers of acceptance will be null and void. In this instance, accepted students and alternates will be notified as soon as possible after the decision is rendered by the ARC-PA and the $500 security deposit will be refunded. This is the only circumstance under which security deposits will be returned. Application costs, travel and other expenses incurred during the application and interview process are the applicant’s sole responsibility and will not be reimbursed or refunded to the applicant.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff are primary considerations at Creighton University. The Creighton University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Violence Against Women Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes and fires, as well as institutional policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting, and other matters. This legislation seeks to make college campuses safer through the disclosure of such information, and to assist applicants in making enrollment or employment decisions based upon that criteria.

You may download a copy of this report by accessing the following website: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. You may also obtain a free paper copy of the report at the Public Safety office at 2222 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68178, or by contacting Public Safety at 402.280.2104.