Post-Baccalaureate Program

Future Students

The 2017-18 Post-Baccalaureate Students

2017-18 Post-Baccalaureate cohort at the University of Nevada, Reno

Post-Bac Info Nights

The annual Post-Bac Program Information Nights occur in late October/early November each year. Attend the sessions to learn about the details of UNR Med's Post-Baccalaureate Program. Ask questions directly to the program coordinators, current students and alumni. Stay for a 1-hour, intensive workshop on how to submit your best application and prepare for an interview. Information nights are usually held in late October. Check back for 2018's dates!


The application is open from November 15-January 15 each year to enter the program the following fall. The application for the incoming class of 2018 will open on November 15.

For updates on your application materials and status, email

About the Program

The School of Medicine, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Nevada State College (NSC), offers a structured, one-year certificate program designed for students who need GPA improvement, MCAT preparation, or additional upper division science coursework to be competitive for medical school admissions.


Accepted students take approximately 16 credits per semester in upper-division biology, biochemistry, public health, and other related subjects at their assigned undergraduate institution. The course load and schedule is very rigorous - the program is intended to mimic the intensity of medical school to prepare the students for the difficult work ahead. Programs of study are created individually for each student based on their academic needs. Students are also required to attend regular team-based-learning seminars as well as monthly advising meetings throughout the year. At the end of the academic year, students take an intensive MCAT preparation course before they take the test in mid-late summer.

Students must achieve a 3.5 overall GPA for the program year and receive an approved MCAT score to successfully complete the program. Students who meet the minimum criteria may apply for early admissions seats with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in the summer following their program year.

Applicant Selection Factors

Students must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree, or be on track to complete their degree by the start of the Program and should have an undergraduate GPA between 2.85 and 3.40, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 credits of college coursework. Applicants must have completed the prerequisite course requirements described below and must also demonstrate significant clinical and community service experience to be considered.

Students are required to have completed the minimum prerequisites before starting the Post-Baccalaureate Program:

  • 15 credits in biological sciences
  • 8 credits in general chemistry
  • 8 credits in organic chemistry
  • 8 credits in physics
  • 3 credits in psychology

Preference for the Post-Baccalaureate Program is given to Nevada residents who identify as a member of a group that is underrepresented in healthcare, or as coming from a medically underserved community. This includes students who are:

  • 1st generation college students
  • From low-income households
  • Minorities underrepresented in healthcare
  • From medically underserved communities
  • US Military Veterans

Application Process

The Post-Baccalaureate Program application opens each year on November 15 and closes on January 15. The application includes:

  • Online application including the personal statement
  • One official transcript from each undergraduate institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation - letter request forms available in the online application
  • Color photo

Specific directions for the completion and submission of each of the requirements above are found in the online application. Please note that application materials submitted incorrectly will not be processed.

Post-Baccalaureate applicant files are not reviewed until the application closes on January 15. Interviews will be held in Reno, NV on February 15-16, 2018.

Have other questions?

Check out our Post-Baccalaureate Program's Frequently Asked Questions page.

For additional questions or to receive updated program information, please email the Post-Baccalaureate Program.