Some of the most commonly asked questions about becoming a doctor at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
What are UMHS' accreditations?
The University of Medicine and Health Sciencestakes pride in being one of the top-tier Caribbean medical schools with very high accreditation standards. Our students are qualified to sit for US and Canadian medical licensing exams, and gain residency and licensure throughout both countries.
UMHS has ACCM accreditation, NCFMEA recognition, and multiple U.S. state approvals.
Where can UMHS graduates match into residency and obtain licensure?
UMHS graduates can obtain residencies in most states in the US, with the exception of NY (until the school receives full NY approval). They can obtain residencies throughout Canada and in Puerto Rico. After completing a residency, UMHS graduates can become licensed anywhere in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico.
How does UMHS assist students in preparing for the USMLE Step exams?
UMHS has contracted with Kaplan, a renowned test preparation service, to assist our student's success in studying and passing the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board examinations. This prep service is a resource included in the tuition and fees for our students.
What is the MCAT requirement for admission into UMHS?
All United States citizens and permanent residents are required to submit their MCAT scores as part of their application.
The MCAT is recommended, but not required, for Canadian citizens and other international applicants. However, if you have taken the MCAT, all attempts are required to be reported.
There is no minimum MCAT score requirement. At UMHS, no single factor determines an admissions decision. When assessing individual candidates,we carefully review several factors including, but not limited to:
work, volunteer, or research experience
letters of recommendation
Read more about our admissions requirements here. More information about the MCAT can be found directly on theAAMC website.
What kind of course prerequisites are required for acceptance into UMHS?
Similar to US and Canadian medical schools, a premed or health-related baccalaureate BS degree is not required for admission into UMHS.
By the time you apply, you are expected to have completed aminimum of three years of study(90 semester credits) at an accredited college or university. However, it is highly recommended that you earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculating.
To apply, you must have successfully completed the followingundergraduate courses:
Inorganic or General Chemistry (with Labs)
Organic Chemistry (with Labs)*
General Biology or Zoology (with Labs)
Physics (with Lab)
Calculus or Statistics
*You may substitute one semester of Biochemistry for Organic Chemistry II if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at your college or university.
**Canadian applicants may substitute humanities courses in place of English
The Accelerated Review Program (ARP) is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians, but who need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in medical school. This one-semester program provides a tailored curriculum designed to prepare students for medical school from day one and quickly build a strong foundation for academic and professional success. ARP students may choose to attend classes online or in-person on the St. Kitts campus. Students who have successfully completed ARP will qualify for an ARP Scholarship award.
Students who successfully complete ARP tend to become some of the strongest medical students at UMHS.
If you feel you would fit in among UMHS’ diverse student body, we encourage you to complete an application for admission. A small school offering a truly personalized education, UMHS invests in your success.