Applicants

Welcome to UNLV School of Medicine — the first allopathic medical school in the Las Vegas Valley offering an innovative educational program that includes patient experience throughout all 4 years of the curriculum. The national accrediting body, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), cited UNLV School of Medicine as creating a thoughtful and innovative curriculum that is well integrated with the school’s mission.

UNLV School of Medicine now is accepting applications via AMCAS.

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COVID-19 Announcements for Admissions

MCAT Test Scores

The deadline for taking the MCAT will be extended until October 1. In the event that the MCAT examination does not resume prior to October 1, we will make decisions on sending Secondary Applications based on the information that is available in the AMCAS application. We will require applicants to have taken the MCAT prior to making admissions decisions for the Class of 2025.

For more information on the MCAT exam and COVID-19, please visit their website.

Online Pre-Requisite Coursework

For Spring 2020, campuses across the U.S. went from in-person instruction to online instruction due to the pandemic. If you were enrolled for pre-requisite course work during this semester, we will accept your course(s) that shifted to online instruction. This will also apply to Summer 2020 coursework.

Pass/Fail Pre-Requisite Coursework

For Spring 2020, some U.S. campuses have required students to take Pass/Fail grades while others have made it an option. The UNLV School of Medicine will review P/F course work from Spring 2020 without prejudice. The Office of Admissions recognizes the disruption to educational plans and course selection that the pandemic has caused. This will also apply to Summer 2020 coursework.

Application Deadline

AMCAS applications may be submitted until October 1, 2020. For more information on the AMCAS application schedule and COVID-19, please visit their website. You may submit an application without your MCAT, if all other materials are ready. Once your test score is ready, it will flow into your application for the review team to see.

Early Decision Program applications may be submitted until August 1, 2020. Your MCAT must be taken by August 1st as well. All applicants interested in EDP must meet the criteria described below and have an advising appointment with the Director of Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Applicant Requirements

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
  • Screening 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

Degree

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.

MCAT

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.

GPA

An undergraduate (screening) GPA of 3.2 or higher is required.

A BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA of 3.2 or higher is also required.

Pre-Requisites

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.

Personal Statement

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.

Experiences

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.

Additional Information

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.

Transcripts

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 for 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.

Admission Criteria for In-State Status

Nevada Residents

Each student will be classified as either a Nevada resident or a non-resident for the purposes of the admissions. Applicants must satisfy one or more criteria listed below:

  • Currently enrolled, or a graduate of a university or college in Nevada
  • Graduate of a Nevada high school, public, charter or private
  • Born in Nevada
  • Lived in Nevada previously, before or after the age of 18, for at least 12 months
  • Primary family* members currently reside full-time in Nevada
  • Dependent of a member of the active-duty military who claims Nevada as their primary state of residence
  • Current or former member of the military who claims Nevada as their primary state of residence
  • Physically lived in Nevada for 12 months prior to matriculation date
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (green card holders).
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (green card holders) or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Preference will be given to Nevada residents.

*Primary family includes mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or siblings, spouse/partner.

Admission Criteria for Out-of-State Status

Applicants from states adjacent to Nevada are eligible to apply. Preferences will be given to those applicants who have significant connections to Nevada. Out-of-state applicants with no connections to Nevada are not encouraged to apply. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (green card holders) or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Preference will be given to Nevada residents.

Early Decision Program

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.

Minimum Requirements
  • MCAT 510 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher
  • BCPM GPA 3.5 or higher
  • 50 hours or more of community service
  • 50 hours or more of clinical experiences
  • Nevada Resident
  • First-time applicant
Who should consider applying Early Decision?

The EDP 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 decision is given to you by October 1st. If you are denied, you may be considered late in another school’s application process.

EDP applicants must schedule a consultation with the Director of Admissions before submitting an application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). This consultation, which will assess applicant eligibility and competitiveness for the program, must take place prior to June 30 of the application year. Applicants who do not schedule this consultation will not be eligible for consideration for the EDP.

If accepted via the EDP, applicants must attend UNLV School of Medicine. If you'd like to schedule a consultation, please send an email to admissions@medicine.unlv.edu.

Early Decision Deadlines:
  • August 1: Application must be submitted in full to the UNLV School of Medicine through AMCAS. Secondary applications will be sent immediately following primary application.
  • September: Interviews for EDP applicants who meet all eligibility requirements.
  • October 1: All EDP applicants will be notified of the admissions committee decision.

Deferred Admission

Students admitted to UNLV School of Medicine, via the EDP or otherwise, may request a one-year deferral. Deferral requests are not encouraged and will only be considered in unusual circumstances for unforeseen and serious life-changing events. Except in the case of a medical emergency, deferral requests must be submitted prior to June 1 of the first year of medical school. Accepted students who wish to consider a deferral should contact the Director of Admissions as soon as possible. An application for deferral is required. No request exceeding one year will be considered. Applicants should not apply via EDP if they are aware of a possible reason that would prevent an on-time start in the MD program.

Transfer requests and transfer requests with advanced standing

Due to the unique curriculum of the UNLV School of Medicine, the school will not accept transfer requests.

Technical standards for admission and matriculation

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Communication
    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.
  4. 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.

Admissions Contact Information

Phone

702-895-4928

Email

admissions@medicine.unlv.edu

Students interested in attending UNLV School of Medicine are encouraged to fill out the Student Inquiry Form to receive timely updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

My MCAT has been cancelled and my new test date is further out, what do I do?

The UNLV School of Medicine, for the next admissions cycle, will accept an MCAT taken by October 1st for the regular cycle. Early Decision applicants must take their MCAT by August 1st.

Should I apply even if my MCAT is pending?

Yes, submit your application with all the other components. When your MCAT score is ready, it will come to us for your application.

I had to take a P/F for Spring 2020 (or Summer 2020), will you accept my pre-requisites without a letter grade?

Yes, for these two semesters we will accept P/F without prejudice.

My clinical experience was canceled due to COVID-19, how does that affect my application?

Some form of clinical experience is required by our admissions committee (shadowing, hospital volunteer, scribing, field work in another medical role, etc.), and typically we like to see 50-100 hours or more. As long as you have some form of clinical/patient experience and exposure though, we can consider your application in this next cycle. We ask that you provide additional information in the Secondary Application regarding your inability to do a pending clinical experience.

Will there be an application area for me to share COVID-19 impact to my application?

Yes, this will be included in the Secondary Application. You can indicate a delay with the MCAT, an inability to do a clinical experience, the requirements of a P/F by your institution, a family or economic hardship, etc.

Will the interviews still be in person and during the normal September to February timeframe?

At this time, we do not anticipate a change to the interview season timeline, however virtual interviews are being considered and updated information will be released when ready.

What about EDP (Early Decision Program)?

There has been no change in the EDP deadline. It is still August 1, 2020. You may take your MCAT by August 1st as well. Pre-requisite course considerations will follow the policy as outlined above for COVID-19. All students interested in EDP are still REQUIRED to have an advising appointment with the Director of Admissions. Please email admissions@medicine.unlv.edu.

Admissions

How do I apply to the UNLV School of Medicine?

Applicants use the American Medical College Admissions Service (AMCAS).

Can I update my application once I apply?

No. If you are waiting for an MCAT retake score, that will update automatically as long as it arrives before the application deadline. If any courses are in-progress at the time of application, the UNLV School of Medicine may contact you direct to request unofficial transcripts as needed to prove completion but that course will not factored into your GPA already calculated from AMCAS. The UNLV School of Medicine does NOT take letters of intent.

I’m missing one of the required courses. Can I still be considered and take the course before starting medical school?

All pre-requisites should be completed or in-progress at the time of application.

Is the MCAT exam required for application?

Yes, and it must be a 499 or higher. Competitive MCATs are typically at 505 or higher. In addition, we cannot accept an MCAT that is more than 3 years old, and we use the latest MCAT score (not an average or the highest out of your attempts). Your MCAT must be received by the application deadline. Please note that AMCAS can take 2 to 4 weeks to relay a score to the school. Please plan accordingly.

How many and what type of letters of evaluation and/or recommendation are required?

Three to five letters will be accepted. Individuals who know the applicant well and can add to the applicant’s activities and experiences described in the application and personal statement should write the letters. The medical school does not require a specific type of letter.

How do I submit letters of evaluation/recommendation?

Only by the AMCAS Letter Service.

Is a bachelor’s degree required?

Yes. A conferred degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution is required prior to matriculation.

Is there a fee to submit the secondary application?

Yes, it costs $75 and must be paid prior to submitting the secondary application.

How will applicants be selected for interviews?

Using a holistic review of all application components. Applicants who are Nevada residents or have a significant tie to Nevada are also given priority screening/invitation.

Can out-of-state students be considered for admission to the UNLV School of Medicine?

Our mission is to educate physicians who will serve the state of Nevada. Priority will be given to Nevada residents, those who have previously lived in Nevada, and those who have "connections" to the state of Nevada (family, educational history, prior residence, etc.). A small number of applicants from adjacent states will also be considered.

Are there scholarships and financial aid for students?

Yes, students qualify for loans from the Direct Stafford and Graduate PLUS program. Our school also has a significant scholarship program that offers awards to help cover tuition, fees, and/or cost of attendance. For more information visit our Student Financial Services page.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Admitted students are required to complete a Secondary Scholarship Application and a FAFSA within 10 days of accepting their seat. An admissions committee makes rolling decisions throughout the spring.

When and where will applicants be interviewed?

Interviews typically occur September thru February each year and are often scheduled on Fridays. Interviews occur at our educational campus at 1001 Shadow Ln. For more information visit our Interview Days page.

What interview format will the UNLV School of Medicine use?

Students will complete two standardized interviews with a faculty and a community member. Applicants also will participate in a full day of programs to learn about the school and its culture, values and curriculum.

Do you accept transfer students?

No, due to the requirements of the curriculum.

If I am admitted, can I defer my admission?

Deferral requests are not encouraged and will only be considered in unusual circumstances and for serious events.

Can I submit a letter of intent?

No. The Admissions Committee does not read or consider letters of intent when reviewing applications.

How do I find out the status of my application?

The School of Medicine will release information and decisions as they become available. You may also email admissions@medicine.unlv.edu but we ask that you keep communications as streamlined as possible.

What is the Early Decision Program?

Early Decision is a program from AAMC that gives applicants an opportunity to try and secure acceptance by October 1st to a single school of choice. This is a highly competitive program that requires top-level metrics and performance. Please see our EDP section above for details.

UNLV School of Medicine Students

UNLV School of Medicine will recruit academically talented students from Nevada and surrounding states who represent the diverse population of the region and who demonstrate these core values and characteristics:

  • Commitment to service
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Desire to learn
  • Dedication to helping patients and their families
  • Resilience and persistence
  • Strong communication, social, and leadership

“We want students with the desire to live and work in Nevada once they complete their undergraduate and graduate training.”

Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Founding Dean

Faculty

Samuel Parrish, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

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Velanie Williams

Senior Administrative Coordinator, Student Affairs and Career Services

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Ann Diggins, M.A.

Director of Student Affairs and Career Services

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Cindy Stella, M.S.

Director of Admissions and Student Financial Services

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