Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine trains future physicians to exercise compassion and commitment in the practice of medicine and do their part to improve health care worldwide.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycles: Fall
Application deadline: Oct. 15

Why choose this M.D. program?

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine have the opportunity to partake in world-class basic, translational and clinical biomedical research studies. These research experiences can help prepare them for highly competitive residency programs.

The School of Medicine hosts more than $17 million in annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health, nongovernmental funders and industry to study causes and treatments for major diseases and illnesses. The NIH awards include individual investigator initiated research projects and three multidisciplinary program awards. The School's Center of Biomolecular Research Excellence (COBRE) hosts researchers studying molecular signaling in a range of systems including the central nervous system, the neuromuscular junction and Drosophila olfactory system. School of Medicine research also supports the Diagnostics Discovery Laboratory, whose goal is to identify multiple biomarkers that can be targeted by a rapid and sensitive immunoassay for early diagnosis of disease.

The program's small class sizes and a diverse student population provide for a rich educational experience that enhances knowledge and understanding of the field. The close-knit nature of the program -- only about 70 students are admitted each year -- helps students develop personal mentorships with faculty.

The University's School of Medicine was founded in 1969. For much of its history, it maintained campuses and medical training programs in Reno and Las Vegas. During this period students completed the first two years of medical school in Reno and then transferred to Las Vegas for the third and fourth years to complete their clinical requirements. But in 2016, the school made changes that allow students to stay in Reno for all four years of medical school.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The application acceptance process opens June 1 and closes Oct. 15.

The MCAT and a minimum of three years of college work (90 semester hours) are required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8, with a minimum MCAT score of 25 (old score) or 500 (new score) in order to apply. Health care volunteer experience is highly recommended. The School of Medicine only accepts students who are residents of Nevada or reside in a western state.

The following course work is required to apply:

  • Biology with labs (must include 6 credits of upper division): 15 credits
  • Inorganic chemistry with lab: 8 credits
  • Organic chemistry with labs (applicants are strongly encouraged to take preprofessional level courses): 8 credits
  • Physics: 8 credits
  • Psychology or abnormal psychology: 3 credits
  • Biochemistry: 3 credits

All credit requirements are in semester hours. Two credit hours must be for labs for biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.

What's next?

You can learn more about admission to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine on its website.

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