Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Medicine (BS-MD)Pathway

California Northstate University (CNU) offers the only Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Medicine (BS-MD) Pathway 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 Pathways
  • 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 Pathway 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 Pathway 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 Pathway offers 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.

BS-MD Pathway

2+4 BS-MD
Two Years Undergraduate + Four Years MD (two summer terms required)

3+4 BS-MD
Three Years Undergraduate + Four Years MD (one summer required)

4+4 BS-MD
Four Years Undergraduate + Four Years MD (one summer required)

Students in these programs who meet the following criteria while taking prerequisites at the College of Health Sciences will be admitted to the College of Medicine (COM) at CNU:

  • Successfully complete the COM pre-requisite coursework
  • Maintain a 3.50 GPA in the undergraduate program and be in good standing each semester
  • Participate in at least one volunteer activity per year with COM
  • Score 510 or higher on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Submit an application through the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) and a supplemental application to CNUCOM
  • Satisfy COM’s Technical Standards (
  • Successfully complete the COM interview

The CHS will hold Mock Interviews to prepare students for the COM interview process.


Phone: 916-686-7300




California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032