Admission Requirements

Academics, experience, and other requirements

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.
 

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 academic year 2012-13 (September 2012 class, January 2013 class, and May 2013 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.)

  • Undergraduate performance: The average cumulative and prerequisite GPAs for the incoming classes in the 2012-13 academic year were: 3.24 and 3.06, respectively.

 

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

  • Ability to pursue independent study

 

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.

  • Non-Discriminatory Policy: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine 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: Medical education and the medical field encompass the trust of students and practicing physicians with the lives of patients. AUC procures a background check on its applicants. The rationale for performing background checks is based on issues such as the need to enhance the safety and well being of patients and to ascertain the ability of these applicants to eventually become licensed physicians. We also verify information provided on the application and disclosure form. If review of the background check may results in adverse action regarding acceptance, the applicant will be notified prior to a decision and provided with an opportunity to explain or correct the record.