Post-Baccalaureate Program

Applications for the 2022 Post-Bac cycle are now closed.

Post-Bac Information Sessions

Information Sessions are offered in both Reno and Las Vegas and include a one-hour application workshop and the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the program staff and faculty, current students and/or alumni.
Post-Bac Information Sessions

About the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-bac)

The Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) Certificate program at UNR Med is an early assurance admission program for individuals who require additional education in the sciences in order to be academically prepared for success in medical school.

The objective of the post-bac program is to help address disparities in education, health care, and the health care profession within Nevada. The program highly encourages candidates who are Nevada residents, individuals who are members of groups that are underrepresented in healthcare, or those who live in or were raised in a medically underserved community to apply.

Applicants accepted to the post-bac complete a rigorous program that purposefully mimics the intensity of medical school. Programs of study are created individually for each student based on their academic needs and may include upper-division biology, biochemistry, public health, and other related subjects.

In addition to completing upper-division courses, post-bac students:

  • Attend regular team-based-learning seminars to sharpen their study skills and other competencies needed for medical school.
  • Attend monthly advising meetings.
  • Enroll and complete Med 461, MCAT preparation*
  • Attend a summer MCAT Prep course at the end of the academic year.*

*Post-bac students who have previously taken the MCAT may be eligible to waive MCAT prep course requirements if their score meets criteria set by the UNR Med Admissions Executive Committee.

Application Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S. or a DACA recipient.
  • Complete or be on track to complete a bachelor's degree by the start of the Program in August.
  • Complete the prerequisite course requirements described below prior to the start of the program. 
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.85 and 3.40.  For applicants unable to meet the 2.85 minimum GPA, we will consider applicants with a minimum of 3.0 in the last 30 credits of college coursework.

NOTE: Meeting application requirements does not guarantee selection for an interview.


Applicants are required to complete the following prerequisites before starting the Post-baccalaureate Program.

  • 15 credits in biological sciences
  • 8 credits in general chemistry
  • 8 credits in organic chemistry
  • 8 credits in physics
  • 3 credits in psychology or sociology

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 setting, required to be written by a licensed Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • One letter from an academic setting, strongly encouraged to be written by a science professor, or from a research experience
  • One "other" letter of your choice, such as another teacher, an employer, volunteer coordinator, etc.

Selection Criteria

Each cycle, UNR Med invites thirty applicants to interview for the post-bac program. UNR Med seeks applicants who clearly exhibit the Pre-Professional Competencies identified by AAMC as core competencies for entering medical students.

Applicants should have extensive exposure to the practice of medicine and significant clinical experiences that include direct patient care. They should be able to demonstrate a clear motivation for pursuing a medical degree, an informed understanding about the role of a physician, and an awareness of both the challenges and rewards of a career as a health care provider.

Criteria for Assured Admission

Students accepted to the Post-bac who complete all requirements, exhibit excellent professionalism, who earn a 3.5 GPA in the program and meet the MCAT and Interview criteria are assured a seat as a medical student at UNR Med. Information about MCAT and MMI are determined each year by the Admissions Executive Committee and criteria is provided to candidates upon admission to the program.

Application & Program Timeline


  • Nov 15th: Online post-bac application available


  • January 12th: Applications due Wednesday, January 12th at 11:59 pm PST
  • February 1st (approximately): Candidates selected for interviews notified
  • March 15th: Admitted students notified
  • Mid-August: Post-bac fall classes start


  • Mid-January: Post-bac spring classes start
  • May-July: Summer MCAT Prep program
  • July 1st: Deadline to submit AMCAS application
  • July: Take MCAT 


  • August: Medical School Starts


  • Attend a Post-bac Information Session.
  • For additional questions or to receive updated program information, please email the UNR MED Office of Admissions.