The UNLV School of Medicine only accepts primary applications via AMCAS. The application and its materials must be submitted by October 1. There is a fee to complete the primary application and students who need financial assistance can apply for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.
Applicant access to AMCAS typically begins in May each year with the ability to submit to schools starting in June. Campuses then receive applications in July for review and processing. For more information on the timeline to application and live dates, please visit the AAMC Pre-MedCalendar.
There are 8 required primary application components to apply to the UNLV School of Medicine:
- Conferred bachelor’s degree*
- MCAT of 499 or higher
- Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
- BCPM GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Pre-requisite courses (see below)
- 3 to 5 Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Up to 15 Experiences
A conferred Bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the UNLV School of Medicine.
*A degree may be in progressing during application but must be conferred prior to starting enrollment at the medical school.
An MCAT score of 499 or higher is required and applicants must submit an MCAT score no later than the final application deadline.
The most recent MCAT score will be used for the admissions screening process and MCAT scores cannot be more than 3 years old.
An undergraduate (cumulative) GPA of 3.2 or higher is required.
A BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA of 3.2 or higher is also required.
Pre-requisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old, must be completed in an in-person format, and need to be graded from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. Students cannot use "Advanced Placement (AP)" credits or courses with Pass/Fail grading for pre-requisites.
Required pre-requisites include the following:
Biology: three semesters; one semester must have laboratory experience
Biochemistry: one semester
Social & Behavioral Science (Psychology or Sociology): one semester
Social and Behavior Science classes in Economics and Communication will not be accepted to satisfy the behavioral sciences requirement. Although these courses deal with human behavior, the scope of information is narrowly confined. Students in medical school require a broader theoretical and scientific foundation as physicians in training and for MCAT preparation.
Medical school pre-requisites are not selected for MCAT preparation and applicants may need additional coursework as part of their MCAT studies. Other recommended courses to help applicants in medical school include: Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Statistics, and Physics.
Letters Of Recommendation
Applicants must submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation and up to a maximum of 5 letters. All applicants must have at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for a secondary application.
Letters must be received no later than the application deadline. Letters received after the application deadline will not be considered. Applications who do not have at least three letters of recommendation by the application deadline will be considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration for admissions.
Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed and include contact information for the letter writer. Letter of recommendations can be written from an individual or a committee. Applicants should select letter writers who will reflect their major activities and who know them well. The Admissions Committee prefers letters that address the applicant’s suitability for a career in medicine and as a medical student. Letters of recommendation should provide new information in the application; not restate activities the applicant has already provided.
Letters only will be accepted through the AMCAS Letter Service. UNLV School of Medicine will not accept letters of recommendation by any other process.
Applicants will need to submit a personal statement. For more information on writing personal statements for medical school, please visit the AAMC Choosing A Medical Career website.
Applicants need to list experiences that can include: community service, clinical experiences, employment, college clubs/organizations, research, and other extracurricular activities. For more information on completing this portion of the AMCAS application please visit the AAMC Application Guide.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (green card holders) or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Applicants should also work with their campus’ pre-health/pre-professional advisors when preparing to apply to medical school. Applicants may also use school websites, AAMC guides, and the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) website.
Finally, applicants should know that the UNLV School of Medicine gives priority to Nevada Residents and applicants with significant ties to the state. For more information, please review the Admissions Criteria for In-State and Out-of-State Status below.
UNLV School Of Medicine Secondary Application
After review of the primary AMCAS application, select and competitive individuals will be asked to submit a UNLV School of Medicine Secondary Application.
This application is completed online in UNLV’s ApplyWeb portal and has a separate fee of $75. Students who qualify for the AMCAS fee assistance program will not be required to pay the $75 fee.
The Secondary Application consists of several short essay questions.
Each applicant will also be required to submit a professional photograph, head and neck only, with his/her Secondary Application. This photo will be used throughout the admissions process by admissions committee members, staff, and faculty for all students who complete the secondary application. Professional photographs are strongly encouraged.
Applicants are not required to submit additional transcripts, unless requested to do so by the Office of Admissions. If transcripts are requested, applicants will be given a deadline from the Office of Admissions to do so. Generally, applicants who report courses in progress when submitting the AMCAS application will be required to provide unofficial transcripts, electronically, to the Office of Admissions. Official, hard-copy transcripts are only required for applicants who are accepted to the School of Medicine.
Other Information or Policies
Applicants are considered to be one of three residency statuses for the purpose of admissions review: Nevada Resident, Out-of-State with Significant Ties to Nevada (Nevada Connection), or Out-of-State Resident.
* Please note that this varies from the residency status required to gain in-state tuition upon enrollment.
The residency criteria for admissions use is as follows:
Any of the following can qualify you as a Nevada resident for the purpose of admissions review:
- Currently enrolled, or a graduate of a Nevada university or college who is considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Graduate of a Nevada public, charter, or private high school who is considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Born in Nevada and considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Current or former member of the military who claims Nevada as their primary state of residence
- Dependent of an active-duty military member who claims Nevada as their primary state of residence
- Physically lived in Nevada for at least 12 months prior to matriculation and has established residency
Out-of-State with Significant Ties to Nevada (Nevada Connection)
Any of the following can qualify you as an Out-of-State Resident with Significant Ties for the purpose of admissions review:
- Graduate of a Nevada university or college but no longer considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Graduate of a Nevada public, charter, or private high school but no longer considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Born in Nevada but no longer considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Lived in Nevada previously, before or after the age of 18, for at least 12 months but no longer residing in or considered a legal resident of Nevada
- Family member(s) currently residing full-time in Nevada (must be primary residence, not secondary home)
- Tier 1 family includes: mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sibling(s), spouse/domestic partner
- Tier 2 family includes: aunt, uncle, cousin(s), significant other (boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé)
Please note that friends, colleagues, or other known individuals who are not included in one of the family tiers above will not qualify you for a Nevada connection.
The following will qualify you as an Out-of-State Resident for the purpose of admissions review:
- No previous connection or residency in Nevada and holds legal residency in another state
Admissions review does consider adjacent state residents to be more competitive than non-adjacent state residents. This includes California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, and Montana.
Information for All Applicants
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (green card holders) or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
The AAMC offers a program called Early Decision. It gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one participating Early Decision school by October 1. This program is highly competitive and requires top-level performance. Applicants can only apply to one school within this program.
- MCAT 510 or higher
- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
- BCPM GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Significant hours with strong qualitative value within community service
- Significant hours with strong qualitative value within clinical experiences
- Additional meaningful experiences, strong letters of recommendation
- Nevada Resident (see residency section for details)
- First-time applicant
Who should consider applying for Early Decision?
The Early Decision Program is designed for highly competitive applicants who know UNLV School of Medicine is their preferred medical school. Applicants who apply via this program may not apply to other medical schools.
The application decision is given by October 1st and Early Decision Program applicants who are not admitted may then apply to other programs and will be placed into the standard pool at UNLV for further admissions review within the normal cycle process. Please note that October 1st and beyond may be too late to apply to other programs nationally. School deadlines vary.
Prospective Early Decision Program applicants must schedule a consultation with the Director of Admissions before submitting an application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). This consultation will assess applicant eligibility and competitiveness for the program and must take place prior to June 1st of the application year. Applicants who do not schedule this consultation will not be eligible for consideration for the Early Decision Program.
If accepted via the Early Decision Program, applicants must attend the UNLV School of Medicine.
If you'd like to schedule a consultation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must have specific cognitive, behavioral and physical abilities required to successfully complete all aspects of the curriculum, and to the development of professional attributes required to graduate with an MD degree.
Students must be able to function independently in their care and interactions without using a surrogate in any of the following categories:
- Individual and cognitive ability
Students must be able to master information presented in coursework presented in multiple formats including: lectures, small group discussion and seminars, written materials, projected images, other forms of media and web-based formats, and simulations requiring different skills.
Students must have the cognitive abilities needed to master relevant content in basic science and clinical courses at a level deemed appropriate by the faculty. Students must be able to comprehend, memorize and analyze material. They must be able to discern and comprehend dimensional and spatial relationships of structures and to develop reasoning and decision-making skills appropriate for medical practice.
Successful completion of examinations is an essential component of the medical school curriculum for all students.
- Professionalism, behavioral and social aspects of performance
Students must possess personal qualities including compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, responsibility, and sensitivity to diversity and tolerance. They must understand and apply appropriate standards of medical ethics and must maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries in all settings -- including when they care for patients and their families and when they interact with faculty, residents, peers and staff. Students must be able to function as members of a multidisciplinary health care team in each setting, regardless of specialty.
Student must communicate effectively in English with patients, families, faculty, physicians and other members of the health care team. They are required to process all information provided by patients, families, peers, coworkers and faculty, including recognizing the significance of non-verbal responses, so that they may provide appropriate, timely and focused follow-up inquiry. Students must be capable of responsive and empathetic communication, which establishes rapport and promotes openness on issues of concern and sensitivity to cultural differences.
Students must process and communicate information about a patient’s status in a timely manner, and with appropriate of accuracy and comprehensiveness, to physicians and other members of the health care team in settings in which time is limited. Written, dictated or electronic medical records of patient assessments, treatment plans, prescriptions and such must be timely, complete and accurate. The ability to interact with and utilize electronic medical records is essential. Also of primary importance is patient safety, so students must recognize when they lack the skills or knowledge to make the correct decision or manage a situation without assistance.
- Physical and mental requirements
These include required abilities in the area of observation, perception, sensory and tactile functions, fine and gross motor coordination, and stamina necessary in the examination, assessment and safe care of patients.
Students must be able to obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination without the use of an intermediary. They will be required to perform a comprehensive physical examination during the Introduction to Clinical Medicine component of the curriculum. See Required Components of the Physical Exam, page 31 of the UNLV School of Medicine Student Handbook.
Medical student learning takes place in an environment focused on the unpredictable needs of patients. Academic and clinical responsibilities may require working during day and evening hours, any day of the week, at unpredictable times and for unpredictable durations. Students must be able to adapt to changing environments, demonstrate flexibility and learn to function during the uncertainty inherent in clinical environments. In addition, they must have the physical and emotional stamina, stability and capacity to function in a competent manner in clinic, hospital, classroom and laboratory settings that may involve heavy workloads, long hours and stressful situations.
Students must possess the emotional health required to appropriately use their intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment and complete all responsibilities attendant to their academic work, team work and patient care in a timely manner.
An individual whose performance is impaired by the abuse of alcohol or other substances is not a suitable student for admission, retention, promotion or graduation. All accepted students must certify that they have read and understand their responsibility of meeting the essential functions as outlined in the UNLV School of Medicine Technical Standards Admission and Matriculation. They must continue to meet the essential functions as outlined in the UNLV School of Medicine Technical Standards throughout their enrollment.