Nevada's only direct entry program for high school seniors.
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, rigourous and supportive four-year, undegraduate 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 consecutive 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. Applications and supporting documents must be received by January 13 at 11:59 pm.
- 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 will be conducted for the BS-MD program mid-February, and will be conducted either in person or virtually, based upon on safety guidelines published by the state of Nevada in response to COVID-19. 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 if in-person interviews are conducted.
- 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.