Basic Sciences Curriculum

Basic Sciences Curriculum

At American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, preclinical training is built into the Basic Sciences curriculum. Most of this training is accomplished on campus, allowing students easy access to labs and medical simulations while they attend classes. This curriculum not only results in better medical students – it leads to better physicians. The courses employ a variety of teaching methods other than large group didactics, such as small group sessions, clinical case discussions, simulations, and hands-on laboratory experience. Students are also placed in hospital settings, allowing them to interact with patients. Read the in-depth details of our curriculum below.

Beginning in their first semester, students learn about the foundations of medicine, medical cell biology, biochemistry & genetics, and human structure and function. Their education is built from there and moves on to more advanced courses, such as pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and more. Most courses include lab components and small breakout sessions. The preclinical component takes place at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre and the on-campus simulation lab, which contains the latest medical simulators. These simulators include SimMan® 3G, SimBaby™, Noelle®, and Harvey®.

Students need to complete 91 credits from semesters 1 – 5. This curriculum is effective as of February 2016. All courses are graded on a pass/fail system: Honors (H), High Pass (HP), Pass (P), and Fail (F).

First Academic Year

Semester One

Course No. of Credits
Human Structure and Function I 7
Molecular Basis of Medicine I 6
Introduction to Clinical Medicine I 4
Mind, Brain, Behavior I 4

Semester Two

Course No. of Credits
Human Structure and Function II 8
Molecular Basis of Medicine II 5
Introduction to Clinical Medicine II 4
Mind, Brain, Behavior II 4


Second Academic Year

Semester Three

Course No. of Credits
Disease, Immunity, Therapeutics I 12
Introduction to Clinical Medicine III 4
Mind, Brain, Behavior III 4

Semester Four

Course No. of Credits
Disease, Immunity, Therapeutics II 14
Introduction to Clinical Medicine IV 5
Mind Brain Behavior IV 4