The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program gives preferential admission consideration to Creighton Undergraduate students who complete all prerequisite coursework at Creighton. Benefits of the Creighton Preference include:
- Guaranteed interview with a 3.25 overall GPA
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement waived with at least a 3.5 GPA in science prerequisite coursework
- 60 hours of practice observation facilitated during the Creighton EDGE program and through the pre-PT Club
- Option of a formalized deferral program for one year if admitted and, if they remain enrolled during that year, a 3.25 Science GPA is maintained
To qualify for the Creighton Preference, students must:
- Participate in EDGE programming
- Take ALL prerequisite coursework at Creighton University (Courses taken for college credit /advanced placement prior to high school graduation will not result in ineligibility, however any prerequisite courses taken at other institutions after high school graduation will result in ineligibility)
- Submit an online application to the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Admission Office by October 1 of the academic year prior to enrollment in the professional program
General Biology I & II with labs (BIO 201/205, 202/206)
General Chemistry I & II with labs* (CHM 203/204 and CHM 205/206)
General Physics I & II with labs* (PHY 211 and PHY 212 or 8 PHY 201/205 and PHY 202/206 )
Human or Mammalian Physiology (BIO 449, BMS 303, or EXS 320)
English (ENG 150)
Statistics (PSY 211, MTH 363, or EXS 407)
The Creighton EDGE pre-physical therapy learning community furthers understanding of the PT profession, and provides helpful instruction on how to be a competitive applicant. The Office of Admission and the faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are actively engaged in providing ideas for EDGE programming and work closely with the EDGE program leadership to implement ideas that are in the best interest of our future applicants.
Some recent and planned programming includes interviewing tips workshops, application tips workshops, panels, program information sessions, and seminars devoted to helping students develop their own individual plan for successful application to professional school.
Fulfillment of basic requirements or participation in the EDGE program does not guarantee admission. Admission is based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for successful, competent practice as a physical therapist. Candidates are also evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and objectives of the DPT program.
In addition, prior education, work experiences, honors, awards, service to others, and leadership activities serve to provide insight into a candidate’s commitment to lifelong learning and doctoral-level education. It is required that prospective students spend 60 hours shadowing current physical therapists at work in their communities. This serves to familiarize the applicant with the general responsibilities of a physical therapy professional.