BS-MD Program

Nevada's only direct entry program for 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.

Pre-Med and BS-MD Information Nights for High School Students & Parents

Join us to learn about why UNR is a great place to be pre-med. We'll provide information about the various resources available including an overview of the BS-MD program application process. 

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00-7:30pm
UNR Medical School, Pennington Health Sciences Bldg. Room 102, Reno, NV

RSVP now to attend the Reno Information Night

Dates for October and November Pre-Med/BS-MD Info Nights are coming soon.

Pre-Med at UNR

If you are a high school student on the path to a career as a physician, the University of Nevada, Reno offers excellent academic programs, advising, and extracurricular opportunities to support you in preparing for the medical school application process and for success as a medical student. We also offer Nevada's only direct entry BS-MD program. 

About the BS-MD 

The BS-MD is a comprehensive, rigorous and supportive four-year, undergraduate program for highly motivated, mature, and academically exceptional students who are on the pathway to a career as a physician. 

Upon acceptance to the BS-MD program, students will be granted conditional admission to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine upon completion all BS-MD and UNR Med graduation requirements. 

BS-MD Application Eligibility Requirements

To apply to the BS-MD program, applicants must be high school seniors who have attended a Nevada high school for at least two years and be on track to graduate this year.

BS-MD applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • A 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.
  • Evidence of a high level of maturity, professionalism, and independence.
  • Significant exposure to health care and the practice of medicine resulting in a clear understanding about the rewards, roles, and challenges of being a physician. May include experiences shadowing or observing physicians, and ideally, some paid or volunteer direct care or contact with patients. 
  • Demonstrated record of engagement in extracurricular experiences such as: community service, employment, leadership, athletics, music, art, student organizations, etc.
  • Prepared to begin calculus and other college level courses. 
  • Applicants must be first-time freshman applicants to UNR and must apply and be admitted to the undergraduate institution by February 1;
  • Be a Nevada resident and US Citizenship or if non-US citizens, must reside in Nevada, meet all other criteria and be DACA eligible or have a permanent resident visa, and reside in Nevada

If selected for the BS-MD, the candidate must provide evidence of graduation from a Nevada high school. 

Letters of Recommendation 

UNR Med will only accept three (3) recommendation letters and require the following letters for your application to be considered complete:

  • One letter from a clinical or community service setting
  • One letter from an academic setting written by a science instructor/teacher
  • One "other" letter of your choice such as another teacher, an employer, volunteer coordinator, etc

BS-MD Application Timeline

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. 

  • The BS-MD Application and application instructions will be available on November 15 and applications and supporting documents must be received by January 12 at 11:59pm. 
  • Students selected for a BS-MD interview will be notified by approximately February 1. Please note that meeting all application requirements does not guarantee an interview. 
  • Interviews are scheduled for February 13 or 14 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The School of Medicine will make arrangements to fly Southern Nevada applicants selected for interviews to Reno from Las Vegas, and back home on the same day.
  • Students granted admission will be notified by email on approximately March 15. This acceptance will include admission to the medical school on condition of meeting all BS-MD program requirements and all UNR graduation requirements. 
  • Students selected for the BS-MD must accept their space in the program by April 1. 

2019 BS-MD Application Short Essay Prompts

The below questions are short essays included in the BS-MD application. Applicants to the BS-MD program may pre-write their answers to the questions and paste them into the application after the application opens on November 15. Each question has a response character limit of 2,300 characters, including spaces.

1. Please reflect on a meaningful experience in your past which has motivated and/or inspired you to pursue medicine.

2. Please reflect on an experience, situation, or circumstance which provided you with a substantial challenge and/or caused you to struggle personally or academically. What did you learn from the experience?

3. Please reflect on your understanding of the role of a physician within a medical team. What excites you about the profession?

4. The vision statement at UNR Med is "A Healthy Nevada". What does "A Healthy Nevada" mean to you?

5. UNR Med recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education, research and health care. Our school is an inclusive and engaged community and recognizes the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. What does diversity mean to you?

Questions about the BS-MD?

Email UNR Med Office of Admissions.