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AUA generally requires that all US citizens and permanent residents submit an MCAT for Title IV accreditation and scholarship consideration. However, due to the pandemic, we understand that students may not be able to take the MCAT exam for the Fall 2021 academic period. In such a case, your application will still be considered. Please speak with your Admissions Coordinator or Associate Director of Admissions for questions regarding the MCAT.
AUA requires a minimum of 90 credit hours of college courses and strongly recommends that applicants earn a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. Though an MCAT score is required for admission for US citizens and permanent residents, your numerical score is not considered in AUA’s admissions decision.
The university does award scholarship awards based on high MCAT scores and other criteria.
What You’ll Need to Apply
The following courses are highly recommended for success in medical school:
Course Credits – Course Credits – Lab General Biology I 3 1 General Biology II 3 1 General Chemistry I 3 1 General Chemistry II 3 1 Organic Chemistry I 3 1 Organic Chemistry II 3 1 Physics I 3 1 English I 3 – Mathematics (Calculus OR Statistics) 3 –
A conditional acceptance may be rendered with one of the above courses in progress as long as the student successfully completes the course prior to his or her 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.
Applicants need to provide all official transcripts from each undergraduate, graduate, medical, and/or professional school attended. Students should provide official electronic transcripts (eTranscripts) utilizing their schools online ordering system to provide AUA secure certified PDF official transcripts. Most universities and colleges use a third-party system called Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse for official electronic transcript ordering. Electronic methods of delivery are the fastest and most efficient means to send official transcripts.
Though unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the application tracker for the purposes of review, official transcripts must be received before registration.
Letters of Recommendation
At least one of your two letters of recommendation must be from a science professor who has taught you and knows your academic abilities. If you haven’t taken a science class in two or more years, we’ll accept a second professional letter in its place (from a non-science professor or employer, medical colleague, or other professional). A pre-health committee letter will typically satisfy the requirements of both letters.
Students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process, either in person or remotely.
Applications will be reviewed not more than one year prior to the applicant’s anticipated start date.
- Are you an applicant from Canada? View admissions requirements for Canada
- Are you an applicant from India? View admissions requirements for India
- Are you an applicant from the UK? View admissions requirements for UK
International applicants must complete the application as described above.
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.
AUA’s curriculum is taught in English, and all accepted students must be proficient in English. We 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. The TOEFL code assigned to American University of Antigua College of Medicine is B573.
An international applicant who completes his/her required academic courses from an English-speaking academic institution will be exempt from this requirement.
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’s Transfer Policy for more.
- 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 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 80 or better (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper- based versions) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (Overall Band Score) or better.
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 period of Preclinical 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 or not the applicant has been the subject of any disciplinary action.
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.
At AUA, you can request to defer your class start date by one semester, on a one-time basis. Valid reasons for deferring include:
- Personal or family injury/illness
- Unanticipated financial aid/loan issues
- Travel/immigration issues
- Academic or employment obligations
A $1,000 nonrefundable deferral fee is required for all requests—this amount will be applied to tuition for first semester if you start class by the deferral date. You will need to provide supporting documentation when you submit your deferral request.
After your request, a representative from AUA’s Department of Admissions will email you once a decision is made. This may take up to 30 days.
Please note that deferrals are not guaranteed. If your deferral request is accepted and you are later unable to attend the deferred semester, you’ll have to reapply.
If your deferral request is denied, you can either remain in your accepted term or reapply for a future class.
In all cases, awarded scholarships do not automatically roll forward to the deferred term. All applicants will need to be re-evaluated for financial awards.
Students with approved deferrals may not attend another medical school during the deferral time period, and will be required to confirm the above before matriculating.
Please email Kelley Taptich, AUA’s National Director of Admissions, to request a deferral.