Admission Requirements

Academic requirements, prerequisite courses, and other factors

Qualifying for Medical School

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)'s Admissions Committee considers many factors when reviewing an applicant for consideration. These include undergraduate performance and MCAT score, as well as intellectual and social maturity, critical judgment, adaptability, and life experience.  Medical school is a rigorous academic challenge, and the Admissions Committee must be satisfied that a prospective student has the ability to successfully complete the curriculum.

Evaluation for admission is conducted on an individual basis and applicants are encouraged to speak with their admissions representative to discuss their opportunity to attend AUC, including the competitiveness of their MCAT scores, GPA and other requirements.
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Academic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: All students who matriculate to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

  • MCAT: All AUC applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) to meet admission requirement.In the calendar year 2014 (September 2014 class, January 2014 class, and May 2014 class), the average MCAT score for incoming students was 25. (Please note that AUC will not consider MCAT scores that are more than five years old.) Find more information about the MCAT, including details of the new MCAT that was introduced in April 2015.

  • Undergraduate performance: AUC looks at your grade point average, both overall GPA and prerequisite GPA.


Medical School Prerequisites

  • Biology: 1 year, including laboratory work. Prospective students will benefit by taking courses in one or more of the following: Genetics, Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, and Comparative Anatomy.

  • General Chemistry: 1 year, including laboratory work

  • Organic Chemistry: 1 year, including laboratory work. Coursework should include both aliphatic and aromatic compounds.

  • General Physics: 1 year, including laboratory work. General introductory coursework should include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear radiation.

  • A generous exposure to mathematics, humanities, and social sciences is desired for AUC admissions.


Other Attributes of Successful AUC Applicants

  • Personal integrity

  • Life experience, including experience in healthcare fields (chiropractic, nursing, emergency medical response, etc)

  • Volunteer work

  • Adaptability

  • Social maturity

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Critical judgment

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Other Medical School Enrollment Information

  • AUC reserves the right to change admission requirements, application procedures, and admission policies at any time, without prior notice.

  • Advanced Standing: AUC neither seeks nor encourages applications from students wishing to apply for advanced standing. Only exceptional candidates will be considered. AUC does not accept applicants that have been dismissed from any medical school. Only credits earned at medical schools that are recognized by the Medical Board of California will be considered for possible advanced standing at AUC. Acceptance of transfer credit is dependent upon course comparability and is at the discretion of AUC. AUC does not grant advanced standing to students for work done in schools of Podiatry, Allied Health, or Chiropractic. Requests for advanced standing must be made at the time of initial application for admission. If credits are accepted for transfer, no less than 50% of the course credits required for the entire program of study must be completed while enrolled at AUC.

  • Non-Discriminatory Policy: AUC is an educational institution that admits academically qualified students without regard to gender, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief, religion or disability and affords students all rights, privileges, programs, services and opportunities generally available.

  • Background Check Policy: AUC requires all applicants to consent to a background check as part of the admissions process. Background checks are needed to protect the safety and well-being of patients, to ascertain the ability of medical school applicants to participate in clinical clerkship and eventually become licensed physicians, as well as to verify the information you provide on your application. Applicants should note that any misstatement or omission made during the application process may result in withdrawal of acceptance or dismissal after discovery by the University.
  • Foreign medical students (those who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents of the United States) must obtain a B-1 Nonimmigrant Visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to entering the U.S. to sit for their USMLE Step 1 examination and to complete their clinical training in years 3 and 4. American University of the Caribbean will provide documents in support of a B-1 Visa application. It is our strong recommendation that students apply for the Visa in the country of which they are a citizen. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is not responsible for obtaining B-1 Visas for students, and does not guarantee that every student who applies for a B-1 Visa will be granted one. It is the student’s responsibility to plan accordingly and to consult with an immigration attorney if necessary.