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SJV PRIME+ | BS to MD Pathway

As a San Joaquin Valley* based high school student, you now have the opportunity to start your pursuit of an MD degree right here at the University of California, Merced. 

The San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PRIME+ BS/MD is an educational pathway partnership between UC Merced, UCSF Fresno, and UCSF. This critical new pathway will educate and support the San Joaquin Valley's future physicians in serving the needs of our communities.

This exciting new program will begin accepting applications starting October 1, focusing on high school students who are committed to pursuing a career in medicine and are dedicated to serving the San Joaquin Valley's unique needs. 


This is an eight-year program in which you will:


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  1. Earn a four-year baccalaureate degree in one of the three majors and options listed below at UC Merced

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  1. Complete 1.5 years of pre-clinical medical training at the UCSF School of Medicine Regional Pre-Clerkship Campus planned for UC Merced

  1. Complete the remaining 2.5 years of clinical training at the UCSF School of Medicine Regional Clinical Campus at UCSF Fresno and receive an MD degree from UCSF School of Medicine


When enrolled in the SJV PRIME+ BS/MD program, you will earn a BS in one of three qualifying major options:


Admission Criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of and have ties to the San Joaquin Valley*,
    (high school students residing in the foothills, Salinas, and Greater Central Valley will also be considered)
  • Must be applying as an incoming first year (freshman) student for the Fall 2023 semester 
  • Have a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.6
  • Must meet the University of California admissions criteria and submit an application to UC Merced by November 30, 2022
  • Must enroll in one of the qualifying majors (Biological Sciences, Bioengineering or Chemistry and associated track) and maintain strong academic standing while at UC Merced

How to Apply

  • Start your Fall 2023 University of California application between October 1 - November 30, 2022
  • Select UC Merced on your UC application and one of the qualifying majors and tracks (Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, or Chemistry)
  • Select the BS to MD Emphasis track
  • Submit your application by November 30, 2022. Only regular on-time first year (freshman) applicants that apply directly to UC Merced will be reviewed for the BS to MD pathway.
  • Applicants will also need to submit a supplemental application by December 15, 2022. Learn more about this application.
  • Review your email for important information about your next steps and complete the supplemental application

If you would like to learn more about this program as it develops and stay informed as to when applications open, please fill out this form


*San Joaquin Valley is comprised of San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Merced County, Madera County, Mariposa County, Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Tulare County