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Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

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.

Your MCAT Score

AUA does not believe there is a correlation between your MCAT score and your ability to practice medicine effectively. Though we do require that US students, nationals, and permanent residents complete the MCAT exam, we do not factor your score into our admissions decisions.

The university does award some scholarship awards based on high MCAT scores and other criteria. View the full scholarship list.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should explain why you’re pursuing a career in medicine, what makes you a potential asset to AUA, and any significant accomplishments or additional information that the Admissions Committee should know when the AUA team reviews your application.

All personal statements should be typed with 1.5 line spacing, no less than one page and no more than two pages in length, and should include your full name. Plagiarism will disqualify applicants from consideration.

Related: AUA’s Guide to Medical School Application Essays


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 orderingElectronic 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.

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.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Strong List of Recommendations for Your Med School Application

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.
  • 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 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.

International Applicants

International applicants must complete the application as described under the Application Checklist 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.

Related: 6 Types of Applicants to Caribbean Medical Schools

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 Pre-Clinical 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.


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.