BS-MD Program

Direct entry to medical school for Nevada high school seniors.

BS-MD Accelerated Early Admissions Program Students

BS-MD class of 2015 receiving their white coats the first week of medical school.

BS-MD Information Nights

Come learn more about the program and the application process from BS-MD Program coordinators. Talk with current students and alumni about life as a BS-MD student, the classes, and talk with advisors from the various BS-MD majors.

Las Vegas: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at the UNR Prospective Student Office, 8050 Paradise Rd, Ste 110. Please register here for the Las Vegas Session to reserve your seat.

Reno: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at UNR's Pennington Health Science (PHS) building, Room 102. Please register here the Reno session to reserve your seat.

Exciting changes to the program

Beginning with the BS-MD class starting in the fall of 2018, the program will be offered only at UNR as a direct-entry pathway and no longer an accelerated pathway to medical school. Making the undergraduate portion of the BS-MD Program 4 years instead of 3 will provide the students opportunities to expand their scope of learning, both in the classroom and out, for a more well-rounded education and preparation for medical school. This redesigned program will include more robust clinical and extracurricular experiences, better preparation for the MCAT, and greater course schedule flexibility.

Application

The application is open to students from November 15-January 22 of their high school senior year to enter the program the following fall.

Please note that applicants selected for an interview will be required to complete their interview on either February 22 or 23 in Reno, NV. More information about the interviews may be found in the Interview Information section below.

Supplemental Application Questions

The following questions are to be included with your application. Directions for the required supplemental questions:

  • Include your first and last name in the Header of your document.
  • Responses should be single-spaced, 11-12pt font, and must meet word count requirements.
  • Responses must be made to all four of the required questions.
  • Your supplemental question responses must be submitted as a PDF file using the upload tool on your application.

Questions:

  1. Pick two meaningful experiences where you've worked with your community. How have these experiences shaped your path to a career in medicine? (Limit: 400 word count)
  2. The BS-MD Program is highly rigorous and lends to a non-typical college life. What do you foresee as potential challenges, and how have your past experiences prepared you to succeed both academically and personally? (Limit: 250 word count)
  3. What is it about the role of a physician that inspires you versus another career in healthcare? For example: nurse, clinical researcher, physician's assistant, etc. (Limit: 250 word count)
  4. What is your motivation for pursuing this program? (Limit: 250 word count)

How does the BS-MD program work?

At the time of admission to the BS-MD program, approximately 15-17 students receive a provisional acceptance to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Students work with the BS-MD Coordinator and an advisor in their approved major at UNR to schedule a course plan to complete the Bachelor's Degree requirements. To be eligible to matriculate to the School of Medicine after the fourth year, students must meet their major and focus track requirements, maintain a minimum 3.5 overall and science GPA, and successfully complete the MCAT. In addition, clinical and community service experience will be required of students throughout their undergraduate years.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the program, the application process, and the interviews.

Who should apply?

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Combined Math/Critical Reading sections* minimum score of 1320 (new version) of the SAT, or combined math/critical reading ACT score of 28 or greater;
  • Placement in the top 10% of their graduating high school class, or an un-weighted GPA of 3.65;
  • Must be a Nevada resident and US Citizenship or permanent resident of the US; Non-US citizens must have a permanent resident visa and Nevada residency;
  • Attend a Nevada high school for a minimum of two years and graduate from a Nevada high school;
  • Applicants must be first-time freshman applicants to UNR and must have applied to the undergraduate institution by February 1st.
  • Have depth and breadth of extracurricular experiences including, but not limited to: community service, healthcare experience, employment, leadership, athletic, student organizations, etc.
  • Students who apply should show a high level of maturity, professionalism, and independence.

Students with a GED: It is very common around the country for a GED to meet a requirement for admission to a university or college, but not for a major or specific program which has additional criteria like high school GPA, specific coursework, SAT or ACT test scores. The GED is a specific type of high school diploma, but the exam for the awarding of the GED is not a test for college-readiness. The BS-MD program is an accelerated program and students must be ready to begin calculus and other college level courses. Applicants to the BS-MD program must provide a complete high school transcript as part of the application process.

How do I apply?

The BS-MD application process is separate from that of the undergraduate institutions. Interested students must apply to UNR through the regular application process, then apply to the BS-MD Program. Below is the selection process timeline:

  • Application: Open from November 15th through January 22nd each year. All application material must be received by the closing date for consideration.
  • Interviews: Interviews will be scheduled on February 22rd and 23th in Reno, NV.
  • Selection Committee: The Committee will meet on the second week of March.
  • Student Notification: All decisions will be sent out the third week of March.
  • Deadline for Acceptance: All students who are selected for the program, must accept their space in writing no later than April 2nd.

The BS-MD Selection Committee will select students from applicants who apply using the online supplemental application process. At the time of admission to the BS-MD program, students receive a provisional acceptance to the School of Medicine. All students are required to successfully complete all the undergraduate requirements.

Interview information:

Save the dates: February 22 and 23, 2018

Applicants will be notified via e-mail by the end of the second week in February if they have been selected to interview. You must be available on the above dates but please note that you will not be required to attend both days—we will assign you to just one of the interview days. All interviews will be conducted in Reno, NV; plan on the entire day for the interview process. The School of Medicine will make arrangements to fly the selected Southern Nevada applicants to Reno for their interview, and back home on the same day.

The School of Medicine will use a modified version of the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for the BS-MD selection process. Additional information will be provided to applicants as they are invited to interview.

FAQs about the BS-MD Applicant Multiple Mini Interviews

Campus-specific information for current students:

Undergraduate majors and course sequencing options vary by campus and may require college coursework to be completed the summer before the start of the BS-MD program. Please review the choices and requirements for your preferred undergraduate campus to help you plan for your BS-MD program.