Post-Baccalaureate Pathway Program

The Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac) Pathway Program is a supportive, one-year academic post-baccalaureate program for students seeking admission to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

About the Post-Bac

The Post-Bac Program curriculum provides a structured, on campus curriculum for individuals who have encountered prior academic challenges to further develop and demonstrate academic readiness for medical school. Post-Bac students complete 32-34 credits of upper-division coursework at the University of Nevada, Reno to fill in any gaps in their science education and to support their preparation for medical school and success on standardized exams, including an intensive MCAT preparatory course. The program also includes regular check-ins with a learning specialist to help set and achieve professional development goals that support success as future UNR medical students.

Assured Admission

Post-Bac students who successfully complete program requirements are assured admission to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in the year following completion of the program and upon completion of the MD application process, including submission of the AMCAS (primary) and Secondary (UNR Med) applications.

Requirements for assured admission include a minimum cumulative program GPA of 3.5 and earning a minimum MCAT score set annually by the admissions committee.

Post-Bac Information Sessions

Post-Bac Program Information Sessions are offered in the fall prior to and following the application deadline. If you have immediate questions about the program, please contact

Application Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the Post-Bac Program, all applicants are required to meet the following requirements prior to the application deadline (January 15):

Application Information

The Post-Bac Program is a rigorous and demanding professional program designed to mimic the time commitment and expectations students will encounter in medical school. Applicants are expected to have addressed previous obstacles to academic success and to demonstrate that they are prepared to make the personal and financial commitment required for success in a full-time program, including active engagement in an intensive MCAT preparatory course that includes multiple practice exams.

The Post-Bac Program online application opens on November 15 and the deadline to apply is January 15.

Post-Bac Program Timeline

Application Timeline
November 15, 2024 Post-Bac Program application opens
January 15, 2025 Post-Bac Program application deadline.
February 1, 2025 Post-Bac Program applicants notified if selected for an interview. Interview required to move forward in the review process.
March 15, 2025 Applicants who complete interview are notified of admission decision.

Post-Bac Program
August 2025 Post-Bac Program orientation
August 2025 - May 2026 Post-Bac student complete 32-34 credits of upper-division science courses and MCAT preparatory program.
May 2026 - August 2026 Post-Bac students take MCAT and submit MD application to UNR Med.
August 2027 Post-Bac students who meet program requirements matriculate as medical students at UNR Med.

Please note that upon successfully completing the Post-Bac Program requirements, there is a one-year gap year before students matriculate to medical school


  • We invite you to attend Post-Bac Program Information Sessions hosted each fall before and after the application opens.
  • For additional questions or to receive updated program information, please email