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Pre-med program AICASA

Antigua’s pre-medical program at the American International College of Arts and Sciences (AICASA) is meticulously designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in various courses related to the medical field. Our primary goal is to not only prepare students for the challenges of medical school but also to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary for successful and fulfilling careers across a wide spectrum of health professions.

Program overview

AICASA’s pre-med program provides a comprehensive pathway for qualified students to complete 60 undergraduate school credits and earn an Associate Degree (AS) in Health Science degree in just two years. This includes fulfilling all prerequisites necessary for medical school admission.

Our faculty, comprised of experienced professionals and experts in their respective fields, is dedicated to fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment. They are committed to guiding and mentoring students, providing personalized attention to help them navigate the complexities of the pre-medical journey.

Why study pre-med at AUA

Choosing AICASA for your pre-med studies means choosing excellence. Through a strategic articulation agreement with AICASA, the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) extends a program that allows students to initiate their medical education immediately after high school graduation.

In this program, students benefit from a carefully crafted curriculum that covers a broad range of subjects, ensuring a well-rounded education that encompasses the essential disciplines required in the healthcare field. From fundamental sciences to specialized areas relevant to various health professions, our program strives to instill a deep understanding and proficiency in the key aspects of medicine and healthcare.

Notably, qualified graduates of AICASA’s two-year Associate’s Degree (AS) in Health Sciences are granted preferential admission status to AUA College of Medicine, ensuring a seamless transition to the next phase of their academic journey. The Associate of Science in Health Sciences Program at AICASA holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a recognized accrediting body in the United States.

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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Test Scores

Each pre-med student will have to take the MCAT, a standardized test medical schools use to determine admission. The MCAT includes four sections:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Unlike most med schools in Canada and the US, few Caribbean medical schools require Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores for admission. At the American University of Antigua, MCAT scores are not required for admission to pre-med students, however, MCAT scores are required for matriculation. This distinction is in place to comply with U.S. government regulations, while still reassuring applicants that average MCAT scores do not play a role in admissions decisions. 

Want to know more about pre-med and prerequisite courses? For the best preparation, read our “What is Pre-Med?” article.

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Pre-med Program requirements

To apply, applicants must have earned a high school degree.

Our dedicated health professions advisors can provide assistance throughout the medical school application process, regarding course selection, personal statements, and interviews. 

Applicants must submit the following along with their application:

  • A completed application form
  • A personal statement explaining:
    • Why you are considering a career in your chosen field of study
    • How you will be an asset to the college
    • Your accomplishments, activities, and any other relevant information
  • Resume or CV is not required, but encouraged
  • Official transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary schools attended
  • Two official letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic source
  • A nonrefundable U.S. $75 application fee in the form of a U.S. or Canadian-drawn check or money order made payable to the American International College of Arts and Sciences—Antigua


Career track

A pre-medical background lays the foundation for diverse career paths within the medical field. Graduates of such programs possess a strong academic foundation in the sciences and are equipped with valuable skills that make them well-suited for various roles. 

Many pre-med students often pursue roles as Medical Doctors (MDs), specializing in areas such as pediatrics or surgery, where they play a pivotal role in providing essential patient care. Alternatively, some choose to become Physician Assistants (PAs), collaborating with physicians in various aspects of patient care and surgical procedures.

For those drawn to nursing, becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP) involves advanced training and opportunities for independent or collaborative healthcare roles. Beyond clinical practice, the pre-med background proves valuable in careers spanning medical research, academia, healthcare administration, and public health.

Graduates may also explore the dynamic realms of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, contributing to research, clinical trials, and the marketing of medical treatments. Moreover, those impassioned by addressing global healthcare disparities can find meaningful roles in international health organizations or participate in impactful medical missions. This diverse career track offers a multitude of paths, allowing individuals to explore their interests and align their career goals with the abundant opportunities available in the field.


  • What can you do with a pre-med degree?

    A pre-med degree opens doors to various opportunities in the healthcare field. While it’s a common path for those aspiring to become medical doctors or physicians, the skills and knowledge gained during pre-medical studies can also lead to careers in nursing, healthcare administration, research, pharmaceuticals, or public health.

  • What is the best major for pre-med?

    There isn’t a specific “best” major for pre-med, as medical schools generally accept students from diverse academic backgrounds. However, some of the most common majors include Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. The key is to fulfill the prerequisite courses for medical school while excelling in your chosen major.

  • Is pre-med the same as a bachelor’s degree?

    No, pre-med is not a specific degree but rather a set of coursework and experiences that prepare students for medical school. It can be pursued alongside a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  • How many years is pre-med school

    The duration of pre-med studies varies, but it’s commonly completed during the undergraduate years, typically taking about two years. 

  • Is pre-med a hard major

    Pre-med coursework can be challenging due to its emphasis on science and rigorous academic requirements. However, the difficulty can vary among individuals based on personal strengths and study habits. Success in pre-med requires dedication, time management, and a genuine interest in the sciences and healthcare.

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