BS MD Accelerated Early Admissions Program
Nevada High School Seniors
This program offers a seven year accelerated pathway to medical school for a small number of motivated, mature high school seniors who are serious and focused on a career in medicine. Students accepted into this program will complete the first three years of the required undergraduate curriculum at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) or the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), then enter the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
How Are Students Selected?
Students must meet the following criteria:
- Combined Math/Critical Reading sections* score of 1270 or greater on the SAT, or combined ACT score of 29 or greater;
- Placement in the top 10% of their graduating high school class, or an un-weighted GPA of 3.7;
- US Citizenship or permanent resident of the US AND Nevada residency; Non-US citizens must have a permanent resident visa AND Nevada residency;
- Attend a Nevada high school for a minimum of two years AND graduate from a Nevada high school;
- Applied for admission to UNLV or UNR as a freshman by February 25
- Healthcare experience (hospital volunteerism, physician shadowing, etc).
*The program does not use the writing section score to qualify students for consideration for the BS MD program. Only the scores in critical reading and math are used.
Other Criteria To Be Evaluated Include:
- Extracurricular Activities (ex. athletics, music, clubs, community service, etc.)
- Demonstrated Leadership and Maturity (ex. community, school, or other activities)
- Healthcare Experiences
- Work Experience
FAQ for students with a GED:
The GED is a specific type of high school diploma, but the exam for the awarding of the GED is not a test for college-readiness. The BS MD program is an accelerated program and students must be ready to begin calculus and other college level courses, which not all high school diploma recipients are ready for, whether they attended high school or earned their GED. Applicant to the BS MD program must provide a complete high school transcript as part of the application process.
It is very common around the country, for a GED to meet a requirement for admission to a university or college, but not for a major or specific program which has additional criteria like HS GPA, specific coursework, SAT or ACT test scores, to be sure students are ready for those college courses.
How Many Students Will Be Selected?
A maximum of 6 students per partner campus will be accepted for the program annually. Selected applicants will be interviewed. Interviews will be available in Reno and Las Vegas.
Important Information for UNR Applicants
Curriculum at UNR for BS-MD students is designed to prepare students for medical school and the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT will be a completely redesigned test beginning in January 2015. UNR BS-MD students will need to take certain courses during the summer and/or prior to beginning their freshman year in order to complete all content needed for the MCAT. Complete information is available on the Resources and Information for UNR Students web page.
How Do I Apply?
The BS-MD Supplemental Application will be available December 15, thru February 25. All application material must be received by the closing date for consideration.
Selection Process Timeline
- Application: Applicants can apply Dec. 15 - February 25
- Interviews: Interviews will scheduled February 6 through March 30
- Selection Committee: The Committee will meet the first week of April
- Student Notification: All students selection decisions will be sent out April 15.
- Deadline for Acceptance: All students who are selected for the program, must accept their space in writing no later than April 30.
The application will be available beginning December 15.
The BS-MD Selection Committee will select students from applicants who apply using the supplemental application process. At the time of admission to the BS-MD program, students receive a provisional acceptance to the University of Nevada School of Medicine. All students are required to successfully complete all the undergraduate requirements.
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