Center for Native American Health

MSC07 4246
1001 Medical Arts Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Physical Location:
Integrity Building
2nd Floor

Phone: (505) 272-4100
Fax: (505) 272-6019

Career Discovery

Photo of a microscopeBiomedical Research


What do we do?

Biomedical Scientists conduct research to improve human health through clinical trails and investigating methods. During the first year students share a one-year core curriculum and then select an area of research to specialize in from the following:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pathology
  • Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Child Health Research
  • Brain and Behavioral Illnesses
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases and Immunity

What degrees are offered?

The BSGP program offers three educational programs, Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or M.S. degrees.

Admission Prerequisites:

B.S., B.A. or equivalent from an accredited U.S. institution, or a recognized foreign institution 

Completion of all the following prerequisite courses: 

  • Biological Science - 2 semesters
  • Physics  - 2 semesters
  • Calculus - 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry - 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry - 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry - 2 semesters

Overall 3.00 GPA 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores sent to the Admissions Offices. Successful Applicants score greater than 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative) and 3.50 (Analytical) on the written exam. No subject tests are required.

International students who have not earned a degree in the United States must take the TOEFL and score 580 on the paper-based or 237 on the computer-based test.

Photo of medical researchSchool of Medicine

Medical School 

What do we do?

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

What degrees are offered?

Medical Doctor (M.D.)

Admission Prerequisites for the SOM Medical Doctor (M.D) Program:

  • General Biology I&II      
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • General Physics I&II
  • Biochemistry (400 level)
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score of 22 and a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better

To receive consideration for the admission process, applicants must be a resident of New Mexico for at least one year

Applicant must have Clinical and Volunteer Experience

Three letters of recommendation, maximum of four letters:

  • Two academic letter from professors/faculty instructors
  • One clinical letter from a healthcare professional with whom you’ve worked
  • One letter from someone that knows you well (i.e. research mentor, program director, commanding offer, etc.)

photo of a UNM Nursing studentCollege of Nursing

College of Nursing 

What do we do?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. 

What degrees are offered?

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, PhD, DNP 

Admission Prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science Degree:

  • English 110, 120
  • Biology 123, 124L, 239, 237, 238
  • Chemistry 111
  • Nursing 224, 239, 240
  • Nutrition 224

Meet minimum requirements to be accepted to UNM

Achieve at least a 2.75 grade point average in all course in prerequisites semesters 1-2

Successful completion of prerequisite semester 3 by the beginning of Nursing Level 1.

Pass each section of the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam with 75% or higher.

NM Residents will be given preference.

Photo of pill sortingCollege of Pharmacy


What do we do?

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may provide advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, and oversee the medications given to patients. Pharmacists can work in areas such as in hospital/clinical, radio pharmacy, community, armed services, government and policy making and in academics.

What degrees are offered?

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)

Admission Prerequisites for the COP Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program:

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • General Physics I & II
  • Molecular & Cell Biology 201L & 202L
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Communication Selective  - two courses
  • Critical Thinking Selective – two courses
  • Quantitative Analysis Chem253

General Electives: 21 – 24 semester hours (24 semester hours if student does not take Biochemistry).

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all required courses.

Complete and submit scores from the Pharmacy Admission Test (PCAT). A minimum PCAT score of a 30th percentile composite is recommended.

Ensure that all Biology and Chemistry lecture courses are completed within 7 years from matriculation into the program.

Prerequisite Completion – All Biology and physics lecture courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester for fall matriculation.

Photo of a nerve cellPathology

Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLT) 

What do we do?

Perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances to provide accurate lab results in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis and transfusion services plus more. The test results provide critical information to physicians in diagnosing and treating patients.

What degrees are offered?

The UNM Department of Pathology offers the Bachelor of Science in the Medical Laboratory Science and the Masters Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Admission Prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences:

  • Biology for Health Sciences 123 & 124Lab OR Molecular & Cell Biology 201 & 202 Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Health Sciences Microbiology 239 Lab OR General Microbiology 351 and 352 Lab
  • English 110, 120 or 111/112 or 113
  • General Chemistry 121, 122, 123L and 124L
  • Organic Chemistry 301, 302, 303L, 304L
  • Interpersonal communication C&J 221
  • Small group communication C&J 225
  • Management Theory - One course
  • Computer Science – One course

 Meet all pre-requisite course requirements and GPA (2.5 or higher)

3 Letters of Recommendation

A Grade of C or better must be earned with a overall GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale

Admission Prerequisites for the Masters Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Science

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent from an accredited US institution
  • Documented certification as an MLS(US) from American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • Overall minimum 3.0 GPA (preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 in science classes)
  • GRE Assessment is suggested but not required
  • Previous research or laboratory experience is highly desirable
  • Prerequisites: Biochemistry (3 years)