California Northstate University (CNU) offers the only Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Medicine (BS-MD) Combined Programs in the state of California. Highly motivated and goal oriented students have the opportunity to complete undergraduate and medical education in six to seven years or the traditional eight years.
Students complete prerequisites for admission to medical school while attending the College of Health Sciences (CHS) for two to four years and have the following benefits:
- High priority for medical school admission at CNU
- Tuition savings due to shortened time in school with the 2+4 and 3+4 Combined Programs
- Small class sizes and guaranteed course offerings each semester
- Individualized learning plans
- Dedicated and award winning faculty advisors and mentors for each student
- Connection to College of Medicine faculty
Students accepted to the BS-MD Combined Programs begin their program of study in the undergraduate program of CHS. By working closely with CHS pre-health advisors, students are able to complete all the required criteria and academic course prerequisites. Each year, students in the BS-MD Combined Programs will also be required to participate in at least one campus activity of the College of Medicine (COM). The COM’s campus activity program educates pre-medicine students of their future profession through community health service opportunities, specialty career exploration workshops, lab experiences, and special professional education sessions. The BS-MD Combined Programs offer priority acceptance to COM for students who meet all the COM admission criteria after their second or third year of study in the undergraduate college. In addition, students have the opportunity to complete the MD degree in an accelerated time frame--six to seven years instead of the traditional eight years.