Prospective Applicants

Where and how do I start?

It is best for prospective students to start reviewing the information provided by the AAMC for individuals considering medical school. From there, it is recommended to make yourself familiar with all the requirements of the school(s) you want to apply to. This can be done by visiting their websites or utilizing the Medical School Admissions Requirements database (MSAR).

In addition, all pre-med should start talking to their undergraduate/school academic and pre-professional advising centers. These are typically two separate offices on a college campus. Career services centers may also offer some additional resources when considering graduate programs.

Finally, it’s good to reach out to your selected medical schools and become a part of their prospective student database so they can invite you to workshops or other informational events.

To talk with the Kerkorian School of Medicine specifically or get access to additional resources, please visit our Getting Started webpage. Our application requirements are also available online.

Does the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV have Information Sessions?

Yes, we do! They can be found on our Events page. Prospective students should go over our website and attend an information session prior to preparing any application materials.

If you are a pre-med advisor, college representative, or K-12 representative, please also contact our office of diversity, equity, and inclusion at diversity@medicine.unlv.edu.

Does the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV have campus tours?

At this time the school does not offer campus or building tours. In January 2023, a formalized building tour program for prospective applicants will launch at our new Medical Education Building in the Las Vegas Medical District. RSVP will be required to visit.

We respectfully ask individuals to not show up or walk-in to any current location, or our new building in the future, without an appointment or confirmed event participation.

Where can I learn about the curriculum?

Information about our four-year graduate degree program can be found on our MD Program webpage. The summaries provided will outline our three-phase approach to completing your doctorate degree.

Are you a school that focuses on primary care?

No. Students may choose from any specialty they wish to pursue in residency. Clinical experiences in the curriculum do span major areas such as: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and OB/GYN.

View our graduating class' matched specialties and locations.

Are there dual degrees?

Yes, the Kerkorian School of Medicine now offers an MD/MBA and MD/MPH. These programs are step-out studies after Phase 1 curriculum and the passing of Step 1. Students who are interested apply through the office of student affairs and have a leave of absence to join a year with MBA or MPH. Upon return, students are placed into the clerkships pre-training and rotations.

Is the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV planning a BS-MD combined program?

No. Not at this time.

I received my bachelor's degree from a university outside the U.S. Will the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV accept this degree?

No. Your bachelor’s degree must be from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. If you have a bachelor’s degree that is international but complete a graduate degree (master’s or higher) in the U.S., you may use the graduate degree to apply.

Please note, you must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency to apply. DACA students are also considered on a case-by-case basis – restrictions may apply.

What are the premedical prerequisite courses required for consideration?

Three semesters of biology, one of which must have a laboratory component, one semester of biochemistry, and one semester of behavioral science, psychology or sociology.

Will the school accept coursework from the community college?

Yes.

What will it cost to attend the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV?

Visit the Student Financial Services page for more information.

How do I find out all the details to apply?

Please visit our Applicants webpage or find us listed in the AAMC MSAR database.

Applicants

COVID-19

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

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV will accept an MCAT taken by October 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, will you accept my pre-requisites without a letter grade?

Yes, please see the COVID section at the top for applicable semesters.

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.

How will interviews be conducted?

Interviews for the upcoming cycle may be subject to asynchronous and/or live virtual components and/or in-person appointments. Those who are selected for an interview will receive detailed information applicable to the active cycle.

Admissions

How do I apply to the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV?

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 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV may contact you directly to request unofficial transcripts as needed to prove completion but that course will not factor into your GPA already calculated from AMCAS. The Kerkorian 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.

Letter of recommendations can be written from an individual or a committee.

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. Applicants with Fee Assistance may have this waived.

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 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV?

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 our listed western region states, who have no Nevada ties, will also be considered.

Are there scholarships and financial aid for students?

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Admitted students are required to submit a Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Scholarship Application and a FAFSA within 10 days of accepting their seat. A scholarship committee makes rolling decisions on scholarship awards throughout the spring.

When and where will applicants be interviewed?

Interviews typically occur September thru February each year. Interviews for the upcoming cycle may be subject to asynchronous and/or live virtual components and/or in-person appointments. Those who are selected for an interview will receive detailed information applicable to the active cycle.

What interview format will the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV use?

Students will participate in a standardized interview format. Applicants will also have an opportunity 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 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV 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.

Does the medical school participate in the Early Decision Program?

Effective April 2021, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is no longer participating in the Early Decision Program. We recommend that applicants with a strong desire to attend UNLV apply early and with a complete application to be reviewed as soon as possible. Nevada residents and those with ties to Nevada are given priority.

Are transfer requests accepted?

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