Instructions, Guidelines, & Tips

Post-Baccalaureate Program Application

General Guidelines

The application opens November 1 and closes at 11:59pm on January 8. Late application materials are not accepted, period.

Follow all instructions/guidelines for the submission of application materials. Materials received in any other way will not be accepted and the application will be considered incomplete.

Specific instructions for each application section can also be found throughout the online application.

We will not be reviewing applications until the January 8 deadline. We will notify you about 2 weeks after the deadline to let you know whether you've received an interview.

The Online Application

Do not wait until the last minute to submit this. Electronic glitches will not be accepted as an excuse for late submission.

Read instructions thoroughly, including answer formatting requests.

You can save and return to your application. Be sure to make note of your login information.

The Personal Statement

  • Single-spaced, 11-12pt font, and about 1 to 1 ½ pages in length.
  • Make sure your full name is in the header of your paper.
  • Be sure to include: why you want to be a physician and why you are pursuing the Post-Baccalaureate Program.
  • The purpose of the personal statement is to assess your motivation, communication style, and learn more about who you are (not a list of what you've done - which we can get out of your online application.)
  • Save and submit the statement as a PDF using the upload tool in the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. We request that one be from a clinical environment, one from an academic environment, and one "other" such as a boss or community leader you've worked with. (Note: committee letters will be considered 1 academic letter.) No more than 3 letters will be accepted.

Note that as soon as you save the name and contact information of your letter writers in the online application, it will automatically send them a link to submit a letter - the system doesn not wait for you to submit your complete application. We highly recommend that you contact your letter writers in advance to ask if they are willing to write a letter on your behalf so they are not caught off-guard by the automatically generated email request.

It is a good idea to request letters early and in person. Provide your letter writers with a current resume and information about the Post-Bac Program.

Letters must be submitted electronically through the online application. 

You will be able ot track whether your letters have been submitted by logging into the online application. There is no need to call our office to confirm receipt.


You must submit transcripts from ALL undergraduate institutions where you have completed coursework. This includes all community colleges as well.

Request transcripts early. We must receive them by January 8.

We CANNOT accept electronic transcripts. All transcripts must be official paper copies in sealed envelopes directly from th institution.

Mail directly to the Post-Baccalaureate Program at:

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Post-Baccalaureate Program Admissions
Attn: Erin Ketcham
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N Virginia Street, MS 0357
Reno, NV 89557


You will be asked to upload a color photo of yourself at the end of the application. JPG, PNG, or PDF are preferred.

A headshot is preferred. We recommend that you are dressed professionally for the photo.