Prospective students must meet the minimum requirements for admissions to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS). Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of study (90 semester credits) at an accredited college or university. However, it is highly recommended that applicants earn a Bachelor’s Degree prior to matriculating at UMHS.
The Admissions Committee gives serious consideration to all candidates demonstrating the potential to meet the rigorous academic requirements of a highly structured curriculum.
Students are accepted to UMHS in three enrollment periods: January, May, and September.
At UMHS the total student is evaluated. Many variables are considered including but not limited to:
We are not looking for a specific cumulative grade point average which is listed at the end of your transcript. Rather, we are seeking to determine whether or not you have the intellectual capability to perform in a challenging medical school curriculum. The Office of Admissions will compute as many as four or five separate GPAs in order to determine if you meet our criteria. We are more interested in the pattern of your academic development than whether or not you have had difficulties some years past. This is a much more intense and involved calculation than the one used by most medical schools.
Test Taking Ability
We are interested in seeing all of your standardized tests including MCATs, GREs or any and all tests that will assist us in evaluating your application. Students who have previously taken USMLE Step I should provide their scores, whether passing or not, so that we may assess your needs relative to placement in our curriculum.
Perhaps one of the most important qualities of an applicant is a level of personal motivation for success. We seek students who have demonstrated the ability to adapt, to study hard, to integrate various modes of instruction and retain the useful knowledge required for promotion. Your personal statement, letters of recommendation and personal interview will be important components of your application.
Applicants must have successfully completed the following pre-requisites:
| Inorganic or General Chemistry (with labs)
| Organic Chemistry (with labs)*
| General Biology or Zoology
| Physics (with labs)
| College Level Mathematics
(preferably Calculus or Statistics)
*Applicants may substitute one semester of Biochemistry for Organic II if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at your college or university.
Applicants should have a broad background in the humanities and have completed at least 12–16 credit hours in either the humanities and/or the social or behavioral sciences.
It is recommended that additional sciences courses such as Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry be taken.
It is also highly recommended that applicants have experiences in clinical settings, research, public health, or community outreach activities.
Advanced placement courses may meet only one semester of the chemistry and/or one semester of the physics requirements. Advanced placement will not satisfy the English, Biology, or non-science requirements.
Canadian applicants should follow the admissions process as described for U.S. students.
NACES EVALUATION: All required premedical courses must ordinarily be taken at an accredited United States or Canadian college or university; courses taken at international colleges must be evaluated by a NACES approved credit evaluation agency to determine if the courses are comparable and equivalent to courses taken in the United States or Canada. All required documents, if originally in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
TOEFL EXAMINATION: International students,
whose principal language is not English, must submit scores from the English
proficiency examination, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The
minimum scores accepted are 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the computer
based test, or 100 on the internet based test. Further information on the TOEFL
exam may be found on the TOEFL website.
The application must be fully completed in order for an applicant to be scheduled for a personal interview.
The personal essay is an important aspect of the application. Applicants should be sure all directions are followed completely.
Applicants must submit a $75.00 application fee. This may be done via credit card or by check sent via U.S. Mail.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants who have completed their pre-medical coursework as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student, at a college or university where there is a Pre- Professional Advisory Committee, are required to submit a letter of recommendation from that Committee. Students who do not submit a letter should explain, in writing, why they have opted not to do so.
Applicants who have attended a school at which there is no Pre-Professional Advisory Committee must have at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members at that school. One of these letters should be from a faculty member in the department of the applicants major, and the other from a science faculty member. If the major subject is science, the second letter should be from a member of a science department other than the person writing the letter.
Applicants are encouraged to submit one or two additional letters of recommendation from individuals with whom they have worked closely. These can be from faculty, employers, research mentors or volunteer directors.
Letters of recommendation for an applicant applying to UMHS should be sent directly to:
University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
North American Administrative Office
Office of Admissions
460 West 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Applicants should request official transcripts from all universities or colleges previously attended. Unofficial transcripts provided by the applicant will be accepted only for the purposes of an initial evaluation.
No application is considered to be complete until official transcripts have been sent directly from the applicant's previously attended universities or colleges.
Standardized Test Scores
UMHS in interested in seeing all standardized test score reports (if taken), including MCATs, GREs, or any and all tests that will assist UMHS in evaluating a prospective student's application.
The Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) is required by UMHS for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Any applicant who took the test one or more times must submit all the results with their application. While not required of non US citizens it is recommended for all applicants specifically those who are Canadian citizens or residents.
Inquires concerning the MCAT including applications, test dates, and location for the MCAT should be directed to:
Medical College Admissions Test Registration
The American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243
After you have submitted a completed application, the Faculty Admissions Committee will conduct a preliminary evaluation of your credentials. If it is determined that you meet our minimum qualifications, you will be invited to be interviewed.
Qualified applicants will be invited to one of four regional offices for a personal interview. Students will be given an opportunity to discuss their academic record and provide any other background information that will help the admissions committee assess the student’s maturity, aptitude, and motivation.
Interviews will be scheduled only after the student’s application is complete and the following documents are on file: Application, personal essay, official transcripts from all colleges attended, application fee, MCAT (if taken), and letters of recommendation.
Applicants to UMHS should be highly motivated, dedicated, and determined to become a physician. The commitment to serve others and the desire to become caring physicians are the common bonds of our diverse student body.
Applicants can anticipate admissions decisions being made usually within two weeks after the personal interview is conducted. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision reached by UMHS Admissions Committee.
There are five decision options:
- Acceptance: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS in the next semester.
- Acceptance/Wait List: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS; however, the next semester is currently full. The applicant is placed on a wait list for the next available semester and may attend the earlier semester if a vacancy occurs.
- Acceptance to the Extended Basic Science Program: The Extended Basic Science Program is designed for entering students who wished to spread the highly compressed work of the first four semesters of the medical education program over a five semester period. The program is described in detail below.
- Acceptance to the Accelerated Review Program: This program is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians but need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in the rigorous UMHS medical education program. Additional details are provided below.
- Denial: The applicant has not met the minimum entrance qualifications as determined by the UMHS Admissions Committee. An applicant may appeal this decision, in writing, and must supply additional supporting documentation for review by the Admissions Committee.
Extended Basic Science Program
The Extended Basic Sciences Program (EBS) is designed for entering students who wish to spread the highly compressed work of the first four semesters of the medical education program over a five semester period. Students accepted into the university may opt for this program up until a week after the first block exam in semester one. Applicants are invited to enter this program if, in their view, they could benefit from the additional time to complete the academic program.
As of the September 2011 term, some students may be accepted directly into the EBS program. The Admissions Committee selects students for the EBS program based on a variety of criteria that may include overall GPA, the GPA in the required pre-requisites, the MCAT score, the passage of time between completing the basic sciences and entering into medical school, a limited number of advanced science courses completed at the undergraduate level, and even language issues for those who speak English as a second language or some combination of these factors.
The ultimate goal of the EBS program is to reduce a student's course load so the student has every opportunity to perform well and master the information. Courses are taken with students in the regular four semester program so all EBS students are part of the “main stream”.
As an incentive to participate in the Extended Basic Science program, the University has reduced the tuition to $6840 per semester. The only additional costs to students attending the EBS program are time (an additional semester and cost of living on the island) – and semester fees but not additional tuition above that paid by those completing the four semester sequence.
Please note the following:
- Those admitted to the EBS program or opt into the program will not be permitted to accelerate into the four semester Basic Science Program at a later date.
- Those who volunteer for the EBS program should make their intentions known prior to the start of classes and registration on St. Kitts. Please notify the Office of Admissions of your desire to participate in this program.
- Students may only opt into this program in the first semester.
- Those who begin the regular four semester program may opt into the EBS program following the completion of the first mini examination if the results suggest that more time would be advantageous for successful completion of the basic sciences.
Accelerated Review Program
UMHS believes that with the right support, students who have the passion to become physicians can master the educational process to achieve their goal. The Accelerated Review Program (ARP) is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians but need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in the rigorous UMHS medical education program.
The ARP program is designed to:
- Assist students with study skills that increase their opportunity to successfully complete the UMHS medical education program.
- Provide students with additional exposure and/or review in targeted courses.
- Reduce attrition once a student enters the UMHS medical school program.
- Increase student confidence in their ability to be successful academically.
The Accelerated Review Program is a one semester program.
Students, who apply to UMHS and have met all minimum entrance requirements, will be considered for the Accelerated Review Program. The UMHS Admissions Committee will base their decisions for admittance to ARP on the student’s prior academic performance, the personal interview, and assessment of the student’s ability to successfully complete the UMHS medical education program and pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination, Steps 1 and 2. Students that successfully complete the ARP program will be accepted into the first semester of UMHS.
Upon acceptance to UMHS, students are assigned to a post acceptance director for assistance and instruction on all aspects of the enrollment process. Students will receive a Welcome Packet that contains all instructions to complete the enrollment process.