The University of Nevada - Reno has the only medical school in Nevada. Students interested in medicine can obtain a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree or pursue a combined program of study, as well as a post-bachelor's certificate. Prospective medical students must meet the university's admission criteria, including work experience, and the program is highly competitive. Within the medical program, students must complete practicum experiences, such as clerkships. A number of combined programs are offered by UN-Reno. Additional to their years in school, medical students must complete medical residencies in a hospital setting.
Below is an overview of the program offerings, followed by a comparison table that includes tuition costs.
University of Nevada - Reno
The University of Nevada - Reno is a public school that offers prospective students a variety of medical programs through the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM).
Only 68 students are admitted into UNSOM each year. Undergraduate students looking to pursue a medical degree can enroll in the Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (B.S./M.D.) combined program. The B.S/M.D. program is considered to be an early admission and accelerated program that requires seven years of study. Students can choose to complete their undergraduate studies at the school's campus in Las Vegas. Those considering the B.S./M.D. program must meet selective criteria based on a variety of factors, including test scores and graduating class standing. When reviewing applications for the combined B.S./M.D. program, UNSOM considers work experience as well as demonstration of leadership capabilities and extracurricular activities.
The university also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program for students seeking additional preparation beyond the bachelor's level prior to applying to the medical school. Coursework within the certificate program includes biochemistry, biology, cellular and molecular physiology, pharmacology, and cell and molecular biology.
The M.D. program is divided into two components; the first two years consist of basic science and medical coursework, while the final two years allow students to gain clinical experience with local hospitals and medical clinics. Basic science courses include pathology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and genetics. Students may also elect to pursue scholarly concentrations, which include additional work between the first and second years as well as an elective during the fourth year. Concentration options include clinical ethics, family medicine, global health, narrative medicine, nutrition, and service learning.
Clinical training in the third year of the M.D. program is available in Reno or Las Vegas, which includes six clerkships in the areas of internal medicine, pediatric medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and psychiatry. Upon completion of the program, students may enter residency training. The Residency Match program allows students to determine which hospitals offer residency programs in their area of study. In general, students know where they are going to conduct their residency training by March of their fourth year.
The Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) program allows students to focus on clinical experience and medical research. The program is typically completed in six to seven years and permits students to select from several focused areas of study, such as biochemistry and molecular biology, biomedical engineering, cellular/molecular pharmacology and physiology, cell and molecular biology, and speech pathology and audiology. The M.D./Ph.D. curriculum is designed to match a student's interests and includes classroom and clinical instruction.
UNSOM also offers several additional combined degree programs. A Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (M.D./M.P.H.) degree program can be completed in five years, while the Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (M.D./M.B.A.) allows students to complete the first two years of medical coursework followed by one year of business and management study. After the completion of the M.B.A. program coursework, students then work on the remaining two years of medical school.
In order to become a doctor in Nevada, one must obtain a license from the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. To qualify for a license, applicants must complete an approved Doctor of Medicine program, become certified by a board within the American Board of Medical Specialties, and pass a written and/or oral examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Degrees Offered||School of Medicine Tuition (2018-2019)|
|University of Nevada - Reno||4-year; public; midsize city|| Post-Baccalaureate Certificate,
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy,
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration
|$28,810 for resident medical students; $56,574 for non-resident medical students*|
Source: *University of Nevada - Reno