Prerequisites For Medical School
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:
|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|
|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.
On submission of the online application form and fee, applicants will receive a link to their application tracker via email. 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 College of Medicine application form
- A nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $75.00
- Applicants can submit their payment using the following link: Payment
- 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
- No less than one page and no more than two pages in length
- Explain the reasons for pursuing a career in medicine, what makes the applicant a potential asset to AUA, and any significant accomplishments or additional information that would be useful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating the application
- Includes the applicant’s full name
- Plagiarism is an academic offense and will disqualify the applicant from consideration
- Resumé 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 by mail or through the school’s official transcript service
- Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application tracker for the purposes of review and to a render a decision
- Official transcripts must be received before registration
- Two to three letters of recommendation
- At least one 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
- For students who have been out of school for two or more years, a second professional letter can be substituted for an academic letter
- A pre-health committee recommendation package from the applicant’s college or university will satisfy this requirement
- A professional letter of recommendation
- This letter may be from another professor or an employer, medical colleague, or other professional who can attest to the applicant’s character, academic, or work abilities
- In addition to the above letters, candidates who have attended another medical school must submit a dean’s letter. The admissions committee requires a letter from the former medical school’s Dean of Students confirming the student’s status at transfer (in good academic status, failing, on probation, etc.) and also confirming that there were no behavioral/professionalism issues.
- This letter should discuss any judicial, behavioral, or financial issues from your previous medical school and student status upon leaving the program
- All letters must be on school or company letterhead and signed by the author
- Letters may be requested and sent through the application tracker or mailed directly to the administrative offices in New York:
- At least one academic letter of recommendation
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- An interview with an AUA staff member or alumnus
- Interviews are conducted by AUA staff or alumni and may take place in our NY Office, in a regional location, or via a webcam and Skype-enabled device
- Interviews are typically granted when candidates submit above documentation and have shown the minimum requirements to apply have been met
- Eligible candidates will be invited to interview not more than one year prior to their anticipated start date.
- MCAT scores are not required for consideration. However, U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent residents will be required to submit copies of their scores prior to registration. See AUA’s MCAT policy here.
TOEFL or IELTS required for 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 (this would include Puerto Rico); and/or as requested by the AUA Admissions Committee if it appears that language could interfere with the student’s academic success at AUA.
- The current overall cutoff score for the TOEFL is 109 (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions); and
- The current overall cutoff score for the IELTS is 7.5 (overall band score).
American University of Antigua believes there is no correlation between MCAT scores and becoming a licensed, successful, and caring physician. However, in order to comply with governmental regulations, MCAT scores will be required from accepted students prior to registration. For students admitted to the Fall 2016 term, scores are due before registering for the second semester. For students admitted for the Spring 2017 semester and beyond, scores are due before registering for the second semester.
In accordance with our holistic approach to evaluating students, AUA will NOT use MCAT scores as a condition for acceptance to the University.
Only accepted students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent residents will be required to submit copies of their scores–listing all attempts. Accepted students can matriculate before taking the exam, but the exam must be completed prior to registration for the second semester. The score will not adversely affect any student’s status at AUA.
Canadian applicants and international applicants do NOT have to fulfill this requirement.
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 transfer students who have passed the USMLE Step 1 and are applying to start in the second component of the Fifth Semester (FM1/IM1) or clinical rotations must complete the following in order to secure a visa:
- Foreign medical students must obtain a B-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate prior to entering the United States
- Students should apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their countries of citizenship
- If you are an international transfer student entering the second component of the Fifth Semester (FM1/IM1), please contact Kristal Booth (email@example.com) to secure an immigration packet
- If you are an international transfer student entering clinical rotations, please contact Darwin Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure an immigration packet
The AUA College of Medicine’s curriculum is taught in English, and all accepted students must be proficient in English. If English is not your primary language, AUA requires that you confirm your mastery of English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Test System (IELTS).
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 (this would include Puerto Rico); 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 109 (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions); and
• The current overall cutoff score for the IELTS is 7.5 (overall band score).
AUA considers any applicant who attended a medical school a ‘Transfer Applicant’ even those wishing to start over. Transfer applicants must complete the application as described under application and academic requirements. There are additional guidelines and requirements for transfer applicants.
The admissions committee requires a letter from the former medical school’s Dean of Students confirming the applicant’s status at transfer (in good academic status, failing, on probation, etc.) and also confirming that there were no behavioral/professionalism issues.
BASIC SCIENCES TRANSFERS
- AUA accepts qualified applicants into the first, third, and fifth semesters of Basic Sciences.
- Candidates who have sat for a Comprehensive Shelf or USMLE exams must submit score reports for all attempts.
- Candidates who have not yet attempted or have passed Step 1 on their first attempt may be considered for Basic Sciences.
- Candidates who have not attempted or do not have more than one failure on the NBME Comprehensive Shelf exam may be considered for Basic Sciences.
CLINICAL SCIENCES TRANSFERS
Transfer students who have passed the USMLE Step 1 on their first attempt may be considered for direct entry to Clinical Sciences. For transfer consideration into Clinical Sciences, candidates should submit:
- Score reports for all attempts of the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CS, and USMLE Step 2 CK as appropriate.
- Any and all clinical evaluations and grade sheets for any clinical work completed.
Transfer students from all mainland U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical schools, in addition to those earning Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degrees will be considered for acceptance to AUA.
The Admissions Committee accepts transfer credits from the following Caribbean medical schools:
- American University of the Caribbean (St. Maarten)
- Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)
- Ross University (Dominica)
- Saba University (Saba)
- St. George’s University (Grenada)
- St. Matthews University (Grand Cayman)
The Admissions Committee does not accept transfer credits from:
- All American Institute of Medical Sciences (Jamaica)
- All Saints University (Dominica)
- American Global University (Belize)
- American International Medical University (St. Lucia)
- Atlantic University (St. Lucia)
- Aureus University (Aruba)
- Avalon University (Curaçao)
- Caribbean Medical University (Curaçao)
- Destiny University (St. Lucia)
- International American University (St. Lucia)
- International University of Health Sciences (St. Kitts)
- Medical University of the Americas (Belize)
- Milik University School of Medicine (St. Kitts)
- Spartan Health Sciences University (St. Lucia)
- St. Christopher Ibu Mar Diop (UK)
- St. James University (Anguilla)
- St. James University (Bonaire)
- St. Martinus University (Curaçao)
- St. Theresa’s University (St. Kitts)
- Trinity School of Medicine (St. Vincent)
- Universidad Iboamericana (Dominican Republic)
- University of Health Sciences (Antigua)
- University of Medical and Health Sciences (St. Kitts)
- University of St. Eustatius (St. Eustatius)
- Windsor University (St. Kitts)
- Xavier University (Aruba)
Transfer students from any Caribbean medical school or international medical school will be considered if their extraordinary academic performance and/or USMLE scores warrant such consideration. These requests will only be forwarded to the Admissions Committee with the approval of the director of the office for enrollment services and admissions.
Domestic (U.S.) Applicant