prerequisites to caribbean medical school

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
Physics I 3 1
English I 3
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.

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 the 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 TOEFL or IELTS scores from any applicant if it appears that English language proficiency could interfere with that student’s academic success at AUA. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from all applicants who graduated from institutions located in countries where English is not the primary language and/or applicants whose primary language is not English. Applicants from Puerto Rico who are able to communicate fluently in English are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

• Applicants should aim for a TOEFL score of 109 or better (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions) or an IELTS score of 7.5 (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. 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.

 

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; 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 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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