Getting Started

Being prepared to apply to medical school starts during the undergraduate experience. From completing the right pre-requisites and doing well academically, to taking the MCAT and putting together your admissions application, there is a lot that goes into the process. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV recommends exploring the following to create an application plan.

Check out AAMC Resources

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers a very robust website with free resources on all components of applying to medical school, how to prepare, and what the AMCAS application portal will look like and expect during your application year. In addition to their preparation resources, you can also subscribe to the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) database which will outline what schools around the country require to apply to their programs.

Timeline to Application

Both the AAMC and your Pre-Professional Advising Center can provide timelines to applications that start several years prior to your submission.

View preparation by year from the AAMC View preparation by year from the UNLV PPAC

Connect with Campus Pre-Professional Advising

In addition to an academic advisor who will guide you through your undergraduate degree requirements, a pre-professional advisor can help you with preparing to apply to medical school (and other programs such as dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, veterinary, etc.).

Advising capabilities from the school of medicine are limited in order to not have a conflict of interest for applicants, but pre-professional advising centers can provide a far deeper dive into everything from application preparation to course sequencing for success. Most centers will also accommodate alumni as well if you have already graduated from your undergraduate studies. From one-on-one appointments to workshops and materials, connecting with this resource is a great asset.

  • For students who are actively attending UNLV, you may see a pre-professional advisor at the UNLV Pre-Professional Advising Center on main campus (PPAC).
  • For students who are actively attending Nevada State College, you may connect with the NSC Career Services Center.
  • For students who are actively attending the University of Nevada, Reno, you may connect with the UNR Pre-Professional Advising office.
  • For students who are attending the College of Southern Nevada or another NSHE community college and intend to transfer to one of the baccalaureate granting institutions, please connect with the center on the campus where you intend to transfer.

Connect with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine interacts with thousands of prospective applicants every year. To best serve you with ease and efficiency, we have set up the required processes that all prospective applicants need to follow. Please follow the guidelines below to connect with us.

  1. Individuals interested in attending the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV are encouraged to fill out our Pre-Applicant Inquiry Form and become a part of our outreach database. By registering you will gain access to announcements, prospective applicant events, and other school updates.

  2. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Office of Admissions requires that all prospective applicants who are seeking detailed information or advanced advising attend a virtual information session.

    These Zoom meetings occur one to two times per month between September and June each cycle. The 45-minute presentation will go over many details and there is a live Q&A at the end with admissions leadership.

    Similarly, the office of diversity, equity and inclusion offers workshops and programming throughout the year and by registering in the Pre-Applicant Inquiry database, you will receive information about those various sessions.

    Also available from September to May are Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building tours led by student ambassadors. These interactive walking tours of our newest facility is a great opportunity to get a student’s perspective.

    Finally, to view our full events and workshop schedule at any time or to RSVP to an event, please go to our events calendar.

  3. If after attending an information session you still have specific questions or concerns, please email admissions@medicine.unlv.edu for inquiries and potential scheduling of an advising appointment.

    We provide limited advising and feedback to those typically in their junior or senior year of study (or graduate/post-bacc studies). An advisor can go over your academic performance, activities, and discuss any improvements or items you would need to complete to be a competitive applicant. Appointments are typically via Zoom.