How to Apply

Future Students

We're glad you have chosen to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. The next several months will be a time of excitement and some anxiety as you take the steps to achieve your goal of becoming a physician. The School of Medicine admissions staff is here for you when you get stuck your peer contact can answer any questions during the process.

The Admissions Process:

1 - Submitting documents

All applicants to the School of Medicine must participate in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Once AMCAS verifies and processes a student's application, this information is provided to the School of Medicine. Please note this verification process can take up to eight weeks. The School of Medicine must receive this verification before applicants can move forward in the admissions review process. If you wait until October 1 to submit your application to AMCAS, it may be December 1 before the School of Medicine receives your verified application information.

2 - Complete the CASPer Situational Judgment Test (beginning May 2019)

To have your application reviewed by our Admissions Executive Committee, all students will be required to take and report a score from the CASPer assessment. CASPer is a web-based situational judgment test designed to assess an applicant's interpersonal and professional characteristics. It costs $10 to take the test, and $10 to report scores to each institution you are applying to that requires it. If you are receiving fee assistance from AMCAS/MCAT, the cost of CASPer is also waived. Applicants to UNR Med will be required to take the test prior to December 1 of their application year starting in the 2019-2020 application cycle. Instructions to register for the assessment will be provided in the spring of 2019.

3 - Secondary applications

This information is unique to the School of Medicine and gives our admissions committee more specific information on applicants. After residency status has been reviewed, the secondary application is emailed to all students who filed an AMCAS application. The secondary application comes with a fee of $75. All secondary applications are due within five business (non-weekend) days of receipt (no exceptions). Please note: failure to return the secondary application within five business days will result in your application being considered INCOMPLETE and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

4 - Interviews

The School of Medicine uses structured Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for the admissions interview process. Each applicant selected for interview will receive information about the MMI schedule. Interviews take place September through January.

5 - In-state applicants

Proof of residency must be submitted. Applicants will be provided with the paperwork and submission requirements as part of the secondary application packet.

6 - Admissions committee review

The applicant's part is now complete. Admissions Committee members begin the thorough review of each applicant in preparation for a series of four meetings, January through April.

7 - Admissions notification

Each applicant will receive written notification of the decision by the Admissions Committee. All notifications are sent out approximately the 15th of each month, January through April. No news is good news! The committee can't review each applicant at each meeting, so there is a rolling admissions process through those four months.