The Creighton University School of Medicine is a prestigious institution that, if you know how to choose a medical school, would be at the top of your list of institutes to get your medical degree. Apart from becoming a doctor, the school teaches its future healer how to become better persons. In this post, we will see how you can get into the school. You will also understand the entire application and admissions process – from start to finish.

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Mission Statement

In Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition, the mission of the School of Medicine is to improve the human condition with a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff who provide excellence in educating learners, health care professionals, and the public; advancing knowledge; and, providing comprehensive patient care.

Available Programs

The programs available to students at the university include:

Academic Curriculum

The school’s curriculum is vast and can be found on their website, discussed in detail. But the main courses include the likes of:

Application Timeline

The university’s medical school application timeline is:

Before acceptance:

After acceptance:

Admissions Statistics and Eligibility

  • The overall acceptance rate: 3.24%
  • Average GPA of enrolled students: 3.85
  • Average MCAT: 514

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Residency Requirements

The School of Medicine requires that applicants must be United States citizens or United States permanent residents to qualify for admission. They are also required to complete their required courses at an accredited four-year institution in the United States or Canada.

Recommended Courses and Academic Requirements

Every year, the School of Medicine accepts 230 students to begin positively impacting the future of health care. While there are no strict medical school prerequisites listed, there are some recommended courses:

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

Academic Requirements

In addition to Creighton’s course prerequisites, new applicants are encouraged to complete courses that will help them in achieving competitive scores on the MCAT. They should visit the MCAT website for a listing of courses that provide the academic foundational concepts needed to prepare to sit for the test.

The best way to tackle this is to work with a medical school admissions consultant or by focusing on finding all the free MCAT prep you can get your hands on.

Tuition and Debt

The tuition and debt information for Creighton University School of Medicine:

  • Tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state students: $66,856
  • Total cost of attendance: $99,825.25 (avg.) per year
  • Students receiving financial aid: 83%
  • Average graduating debt: $29,647
  • National average graduating debt at public medical schools: $175,607
  • National average graduating debt at private medical schools: $184,892

Funding Opportunities

Selection Factors

The Committee on Admissions selects applicants they judge to be best qualified for the study and practice of medicine. In evaluating applicants, they consider the following qualities deemed necessary in a physician:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Emotional maturity
  • Honesty
  • Motivation
  • Proven scholastic ability

Extracurricular Requirements

The Committee on Admissions requires applicants to have “a foundation” in the following activities:

  • Commitment to “service of others” through non-medical volunteer activities.
  • Diverse clinical experiences including exposure to direct physician shadowing.
  • Patient contact through clinical and/or medical experiences.

Although not a requirement for admission, scientific research is also highly valued by the Committee.

Academic Requirements

Creighton University School of Medicine has no defined prerequisite course requirements but, as preparatory to the MCAT and a rigorous medical school curriculum, the school recommends the following coursework in an accredited 4-year college or university (in the United States or Canada) in the past 3 years:

  • A strong background in biology – including introductory and advanced courses like physiology, immunology, and genetics.
  • A strong background in chemistry – including introductory and advanced courses like biochemistry.
  • Additionally, coursework in English, humanities, and statistics is also strongly recommended.

The minimum total coursework credits in biology, chemistry, physics, and math should be between 40 and 45 hours.

Also, Creighton does not pre-screen for secondary invitations and applicants need to review the admissions pages to ascertain their competitiveness for admission to the university.

A complete application should include the following credentials:

  • Verified AMCAS
  • MCAT scores – the oldest considered is January 2019 and the latest considered is September 2021, for the year 2022, for example
  • Secondary application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Photograph
  • Application fee

The Office of Medical Admissions will notify applicants by email only when all the required credentials have been received. But, then again, they won’t assume responsibility for notifying applicants of missing credentials.

Students who haven’t received a confirmation email after they have submitted all credentials can contact the Office of Medical Admissions for information on their application’s status.

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Letters of Recommendation

The university asks for at least 3 medical school recommendation letters, but not more than 6, and a committee letter is preferred, if available. As a suggestion, you should provide them with two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter, but the choice remains your own to determine who the ideal persons to help assess your candidacy for medical school are. The letters of recommendation should be submitted to the AMCAS Letter Service by January 15.

Interview Formats

Interviews are conducted virtually and accepted students will also be invited to visit campus during one of the multiple in-person admitted student days.

The interviews are held between September and March. Selected applicants will be notified via email about the details of the interview.

Creighton University School of Medicine hosts “open” interviews, which lets evaluators review each applicant’s complete file including their AMCAS, secondary application, and letters of recommendation.

Acceptance and Waitlist Information

Application to the Creighton University School of Medicine is only accepted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and must be filed between June 1 and November 1 of the year preceding the year in which the applicant desires to enter.

This means that all AMCAS medical school requirements for credentials and letters of support must be met and documents submitted to the Washington, D.C. office.

The application will then be forwarded to Creighton. A supplemental application and non-refundable fee are required upon request by the School of Medicine for filing and processing the application.

All supplementary information requested to complete the AMCAS application must be received at the Creighton University School of Medicine Office of Medical Admissions by January 15.

Once complete, AMCAS forwards all verified applications to the school’s applicants designate. All applicants who submit a verified AMCAS application to Creighton, and have an MCAT of 498 or higher, will be invited by email to complete the Creighton Secondary Application Process.

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

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

It should be noted that fee waivers may be granted to applicants who participate in the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP). Therefore, to qualify for the secondary application fee waiver, applicants should not submit their AMCAS until they have been approved for FAP as the school will not grant secondary application fee waivers to applicants who apply for FAP after submitting their AMCAS.

Contact information

[email protected] 

402.280.2799

800.325.4405

Contact Information for School of Medicine Areas

The email addresses to use for any information are:

FAQs

1. How difficult is it to get into Creighton?

Creighton has a 3.24% acceptance rate, which is a competitive medical school acceptance rate.

2. How many letters of reference do I need for Creighton?

You need 3 letters and can submit no more than 6.

3. What should I consider when applying to the school?

Make sure you meet all the medical school prerequisites and requirements like whether your GPA and MCAT scores meet the schools’ expectations.

4. Do I send a letter of intent to Creighton?

Make sure you meet all the medical school prerequisites and requirements like whether your GPA and MCAT scores meet the schools’ expectations.

5. What is a good MCAT prep strategy?

A good strategy to pursue is to take a few practice tests. You should start by creating a study schedule based on your practice test results. Next, search for the resources that will help you study and improve and dig in. You can use props like flashcards and podcasts to drill the information into your brain. Then go back to taking the practice tests to see the changes and gaps. Keep repeating until you are happy with your results.

6. What is a good MCAT score?

A worthy or competent score would be anywhere between 506 and 515 – but, any score above 517 would be outstanding.

7. Is the MCAT the only way to get into medical school?

No; there are medical schools in the US and Canada that do not require it. Here is a list of medical schools that don’t require MCAT scores.

8. How long should I prepare for my MCAT test?

The recommended time to should spend preparing for the MCAT is between 3 and 6 months. You should spend a minimum average of 10 hours per week on your prep. Of course, your individual decision should be made depending on the results you get, and keep tuning it until you are running at optimal study performance.

To your success,

Your friends at BeMo

BeMo Academic Consulting


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