prerequisites to caribbean medical school

Prerequisites For Medical School

Academic Prerequisites

American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine created a streamlined list to make the admissions process simpler. Find out what we require to complete your application.

AUA requires a minimum of 90 credit hours of college courses and strongly recommends that applicants earn a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. The following courses are prerequisites:

CourseCredits – CourseCredits – Lab
General Biology I31
General Biology II31
General Chemistry I31
General Chemistry II31
Organic Chemistry I31
Organic Chemistry II31
Physics I31
English I3
Mathematics (Calculus OR Statistics)3

Decisions may be rendered with one of the above courses in progress as long as the planned completion date is prior to the AUA COM start date.

IB and AP credits are acceptable only where those credits are part of a candidate’s BS/BA transcript and the candidate received a BS/BA degree.

Success in higher level science courses such as cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, or biochemistry may strengthen a candidate’s application.

Application Package

Upon submission of the online application form and fee, applicants will receive a link via email to their application tracker. The tracker will allow applicants to upload documents required for consideration as they become available. Applicants do not need to have all documentation ready to begin the application process.

A complete application to AUA College of Medicine contains the following:

• The AUA application form

• A nonrefundable application fee of US $75.00

– Applicants can submit their payment here.

– The application tracker will reflect the submitted payment within 48 hours.

– Applicants may continue to submit documents while waiting for the fee to be recorded

• Personal statement

– Must be typed with 1.5 line spacing and no less than one page and no more than two pages in length.

– Must explain why the applicant is pursuing a career in medicine, what makes them a potential asset to AUA, and any significant accomplishments or additional information that would be useful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating their application.

– Must include the applicant’s full name.

– Note: Plagiarism is an academic offense and will disqualify the applicant from consideration.

• Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

• All official transcripts from each undergraduate, graduate, medical, and/or professional school the applicant has attended

– These must be mailed directly from the institution to AUA’s New York office or through the school’s official transcript service.

– Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the application tracker for the purposes of review and to assist the Admissions Committee in rendering a decision.

– Official transcripts must be received before registration

• Two letters of recommendation

– At least one must be an academic letter of recommendation.

• This letter must be from a science professor who has taught the applicant and is acquainted with the applicant’s academic ability.

• Applicants who have not taken a science class in two or more years may send a second professional letter in place of the academic letter.

• The “Professional Letter” may be from a non-science professor or an employer, medical colleague, or other professional who can attest to the applicant’s character, academic, or work abilities.

– A pre-health committee letter will typically satisfy the requirements of both letters.

Recommenders may submit letters by:

• Uploading their letters to the application file using the link they will receive via email when the candidate enters their name and email address into the application tracker request form

• Emailing [email protected]

• Sending them to 1 Battery Park Plaza, 33rd Floor New York, NY 10004

Some applicants may be selected for an interview before their application file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. These interviews will be conducted in the United States or via a webcam and Skype-enabled device.

Applications from eligible candidates will be reviewed not more than one year prior to their anticipated start date.

Other Application Requirements:

• Candidates who have taken MD courses at a medical, dental, podiatry or DO schools will be required to submit a “dean’s letter” in addition to transcripts from those institutions. See AUA Transfer Policy for more information.

• MCAT scores are not required for consideration. However, US citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent residents will be required to submit copies of their scores prior to registration. See AUA’s MCAT policy here.

• All students are required to submit a criminal background check (CBC) prior to starting at AUA. Applicants who have any violation appearing on a CBC are required to submit the CBC documentation before their application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Failure to submit a CBC in advance of a decision may result in a reversal of acceptance.

• The AUA Admissions Committee may require a TOEFL or IELTS test scores and/or require an Admissions Faculty interview from any applicant if it appears that English language proficiency could interfere with that student’s academic success at AUA.

An international applicant who completes his/her required academic courses from an English-speaking academic institution will be exempt from this requirement.

• Applicants should aim for a TOEFL score of 90 or better (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions) or an IELTS score of 7.0 (Overall Band Score) or better.


American University of Antigua believes there is no correlation between MCAT scores and becoming a licensed, successful, and caring physician. In accordance with our holistic approach to evaluating students, AUA will not consider MCAT scores in its admissions decisions.

Nevertheless, AUA does require that students sit the MCAT and provide us with their scores as a condition for admission. We have this requirement because the United States Department of Education regulations mandate that International schools whose students receive federal financial aid, including AUA, must collect MCAT scores for all accepted US Citizens, US Nationals or US Permanent Residents whether or not we use those scores in determining who will be admitted.

Given that there are a limited number of dates and places where students can sit the MCAT, it is a good idea to take the exam as early as possible if you are a US citizen, permanent resident or national and intend to attend AUA or any other Title IV eligible International medical school, even if you do not wish to receive federal aid. Here is the full calendar of this year’s MCAT Test Dates.

NOTE: Canadian and other international citizens who are not also US citizens, permanent residents or nationals need not sit the MCAT or provide AUA with MCAT scores as the US Department of Education does not require AUA to collect MCAT scores from these students.

International - Documents

International applicants must complete the application as described under “Application Package” and “Academic Prerequisites”. There are additional guidelines and requirements for international applicants.

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries having an educational system different from that of the United States, will be evaluated on their merits and will be expected to have completed a pre-medical curriculum comparable to one offered in the U.S. All required documents, if originally in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. All transcripts documenting postsecondary course work completed in institutions outside the United States must also be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluation service such as World Education Services or other National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) members.


International - Exams

The AUA College of Medicine’s curriculum is taught in English, and all accepted students must be proficient in English. The AUA Admissions Committee may require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) test score and/or require an Admissions Faculty interview from any applicant if it appears that English language proficiency could interfere with that student’s academic success at AUA.

An international applicant who completes his/her required academic courses from an English-speaking academic institution will be exempt from this requirement.

TOEFL Code assigned to American University of Antigua College of Medicine is B573.

Who needs to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
• All applicants who graduated from institutions located in countries where English is not the primary language; and/or
• All applicants whose primary language is not English; and/or
• As requested by the AUA Admissions Committee if it appears that language could interfere with the student’s academic success at AUA.

What is the current cutoff score for these exam?
• The current overall cutoff score for the TOEFL is 90 (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions); and
• The current overall cutoff score for the IELTS is 7.0 (overall band score).

Transfer Policy

AUA does not transfer credits from any other medical school or program. Applicants who attended another medical school will be evaluated for eligibility into the first semester of Basic Sciences only and must meet the same undergraduate criteria as a new student.

Candidates who attended another medical school are required to obtain transcripts and a letter from the dean’s office of that school confirming the enrollment dates and stating whether the applicant has been the subject of any disciplinary action. Please note that even if the applicant has not been the subject of any disciplinary action it must be stated in the letter.

AUA does not consider medical school readiness programs or certificate level programs unless those courses are part of an accredited undergraduate or graduate level degree- granting program.  A dean’s letter and transcripts are not required for these programs. Applicants who participated in these programs and did not attend any other medical school classes should select “New Applicant” on the AUA application form.

Candidates who have failed any USMLE Step exam are not eligible for consideration.

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