Section 2

Curriculum and Requirements


  • UNR: Students must select from the following undergraduate majors:
    • Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology)
    • Biology with Distinction
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Neurosciences
    • Nutrition
  • UNLV: Students will be in the College of Science in the Biological Sciences Pre-professional biology track.

Students can also apply to the UNR or UNLV Honors Program. The Honors Program works cooperatively with the BS-MD Program. Curriculum will vary for each student depending on the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits accepted by the university and other high school coursework. The BS-MD program will accept AP scores of 4 or 5 for required pre-requisites and IB scores of 6 or 7.

Students accepted to the BS-MD program will be referred to an advisor in the major college of their choice. Students need to contact the UNR or UNLV Honors Programs for more information.

BS-MD students are required to take the following course work prior to matriculating to the School of Medicine:

  • 8 credits General Chemistry, including labs
  • 8 credits Organic Chemistry, including labs
  • 8 credits General Physics, including labs
  • 15 credits Biology; 6 credits must be upper division; a minimum of one biology course must include a lab
  • 3 credits Behavioral Sciences
  • 3 credits Biochemistry

Students must complete a minimum of 96-credits in-residence at UNR prior to matriculation to the School of Medicine. Up to 32-credits from School of Medicine course work may be transferred back to UNR or UNLV to complete the BS degree after your first year. Students are not required to complete the BS degree in the three-years prior to matriculation to the School of Medicine.

Co-Curricular Requirements

  1. Community Service: BS-MD students are required to participate in community service of the student's choice. Service can be through the undergraduate institution or the medical school, or other community organization. It is the responsibility of the student to select and participate in service projects.
  2. Research: Research projects are optional. Students interested in pursuing research are encouraged to talk with the BS-MD Program Coordinator at the School of Medicine or their undergraduate advisor.
  3. Clinical Experiences: BS-MD students are required to participate in structured clinical experiences during each academic year and summer of the undergraduate portion of the program.
  4. Professionalism: Students will be required to demonstrate non-cognitive components of professional behavior.

Co-Curricular Evaluations

Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory Performance: Each clinical experience will have defined goals/objectives for students. The goals/objectives will be determined by the supervising faculty in consultation with the Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs, and will be evaluated by the supervising faculty. Evaluative components include:

  • Ability to work with others
  • Problem solving ability
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Professionalism

BS-MD students will be evaluated on their performance during all co-curricular program components. Coordinating faculty members will be identified to students and will be responsible for the evaluation of students. BS-MD students must obtain a program name badge prior to beginning clinical experiences.

Required Clinical Experiences

Primary Care - Summer, Year I

Students will complete four weeks of supervised clinical observational experience in a School of Medicine clinical setting in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics. A limited number of general surgery positions will be available.

Rural and Urban Underserved - Summer, Year II

Students will complete four weeks of supervised observational experience in a rural or urban underserved setting. Rural experiences will be completed at the School of Medicine Elko campus and other rural sites as available. Urban underserved experiences will be completed in southern Nevada

as sites are developed. These opportunities will be available beginning in the Summer 2012.

Optional Clinical Experiences

Medical Specialties - Year III

Students will have the option of completing four weeks of supervised observational experience in their medical specialty of interest, as positions are available.