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There are just three universities within 500 miles of Las Vegas that have medical schools. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission policies, and find out which is the right one for you.
No schools in Las Vegas offer doctoral programs in medicine. This article looks at three of the closest schools to the city that train medical doctors. One school is just 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, while the most distant is seven hours away. A table of information about each school, such as tuition, campus setting and total enrollment, is also included to help prospective students choose their best option.
Touro University Nevada is a Jewish-sponsored institution that offers graduate programs in a number of areas, including nursing, education, physician assistant studies and physical and occupational therapy. It's accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) is the first osteopathic school in the state and enrolls around 135 DO students each year.
This 4-year program provides education in osteopathic manipulative medicine, a holistic form of medicine using hands-on techniques to improve bodily function and alleviate pain. Admission to the DO program, like most MD programs, requires Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, an onsite interview and coursework in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry and physics.
The first two years of this program center on basic and clinical sciences, while the final two years focus on clinical training in combination with lectures. Rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, women's health, internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine can be expected. Clinical clerkships take place in the Las Vegas valley and include experiences in in- and outpatient services. The majority of graduates work in pediatrics, family practice or general internal medicine.
Loma Linda University is a Seventh Day Adventist institution that offers programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health and religion. Medical degree programs are offered through the School of Medicine.
This program integrates ethical and religious courses with the basic instruction required to practice medicine. In the first and second years, students take courses in the sciences, religion and human behavior. The second half of this 4-year program addresses patient care through lectures and clinical experiences. Their third year, students participate in clinical rotations in gynecology, psychiatry, surgery, family medicine and radiology. The fourth year involves advanced training in surgery and medicine and four months of electives.
Also known as the Medical Scientist Program (MSP), this program trains medical students to conduct research in physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and pharmacology. Students complete rotations in both research and clinical science after the first two years of medical study. This program takes seven to eight years of intensive study to complete all laboratory, clinical and research requirements. Student must apply to each program separately.
The University of Nevada - Reno (UN) offers programs in medicine, social work and nursing through its Division of Health Sciences. This division is also home to the Sanford Center for Aging, the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy and the Center for Application of Substance Abuse Technologies. The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) admits only 62 students each year.
This 7-year program allows students to earn an undergraduate degree in combination with a Doctor of Medicine at an accelerated rate. Only six students are accepted to this program each year. They have three years to complete all undergraduate curriculum requirements and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 to stay in the program. In addition, participants must score a 28 or above on the MCAT to continue on to the medical school portion of the program.
The curriculum for the first two years of the MD program focuses on the study of medicine from a clinical context and includes limited lecture hours. During the third year of the program, students gain clinical experience through six clerkships in the fields of surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and pediatric medicine. Clerkships focused on pediatrics and internal medicine can be completed in Elko, Nevada, which provides a more rural setting. Advanced clinical rotations in rural health are required during the fourth year of study.
This joint degree program prepares students for careers in epidemiology and public health. The curriculum focuses on skills necessary for conducting research and working in disease prevention and population-based community health. Some electives can be applied to both degree programs. MCAT scores can be used for admission in place of those from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
The MD/MBA program at the University of Nevada is a personalized option for students wanting to embark on a career related to health care administration. This joint degree option is offered in partnership with the College of Business, and the MBA portion of the program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students must complete the first two years of medical school before beginning the MBA program's intensive 1-year curriculum. After completing all MBA program requirements, students return to medical school to complete two years of clinical training.
This medical scientist program prepares students for careers in research or teaching by helping them develop strong analytical and experimental design skills. There are several concentration options for the PhD portion of this program, including molecular biology, biomedical engineering, molecular pharmacology and audiology. Research options include cancer biology, plasma physics, neuroscience, infectious disease, electrophysiology and molecular biology. This program takes a minimum of eight years to complete.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a medical school, and prospective students can learn about these three institutions through the following table.
|Touro University Nevada||Loma Linda University||University of Nevada - Reno|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2011)||1,378*||4,455*||18,004*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Tuition Per Year||$50,072 (including fees, 2012-2013)***||$23,816 (including fees, 2011-2012)*||$20,700 in-state; $51,876 out-of-state (2012-2013)**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011)||N/A||N/A||90%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2011)||N/A||N/A||88%*|
|Retention Rate (2011)||N/A||N/A||79% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2011)||N/A||N/A||51%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, ** University of Nevada, ***Touro University.