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    Admissions Process

    Admissions process

    As you prepare to take your first steps toward becoming a doctor, be sure that you meet the minimum requirements for admission, and then start your application. We’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

    You can also submit a downloaded copy of your common application from:

    • AMCAS - American Medical College Application Service
    • AACOMAS - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
    • OMSAS - Ontario Medical School Application Service
    • TMDSAS - Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service

    Once submitted we will have an admission specialist contact you for next steps. We will also waive your application fee.

    Upload your application PDF


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    Students walking in front of the Anne Ross library

    Admissions requirements

    By the time you apply to UMHS, you 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 you earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculating.

    To apply, you must have completed the following undergraduate courses:



    Inorganic or General Chemistry (with Labs)   

    One Year

    Organic Chemistry (with Labs)*    

    One Year

    General Biology or Zoology (with Labs)   

    One Year

    Physics (with Lab)

    One Semester


    One Year

    Calculus or Statistics

    One Semester


    *You may substitute one semester of Biochemistry w/ Lab for Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at your college or university. 

    **Canadian applicants may substitute humanities courses in place of English

    It is recommended that you take additional advanced sciences courses, such as Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry, as well. High school Advanced Placement courses are considered on a per-case basis and may meet prerequisite requirements.

    Application process

    Complete the following steps to apply to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

    Step 1: Complete the application
    Begin the process by completing our application for admission.

    Step 2: Submit your supplemental documents

    The Office of Admissions cannot begin to review your application until all of your supporting credentials and documentation have been received.

    A completed file consists of:

    The online application includes several short-answer questions and a space to write a personal statement. Our admissions committee will carefully evaluate these important components.

    You can pay this nonrefundable $75 fee online or by sending a check or money order to:

    The Office of Admissions

    University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

    North American Administrative Office

    275 7th Ave, Floor 26

    New York, NY 10001

    You should request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. 

    Official transcripts should be requested via the transcript request form, which you can download from your application and mail to:

    UMHS Transcript Processing Center

    P.O. Box 9203

    Watertown, MA 02471

    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted only for the purposes of an initial evaluation. You can upload them directly into the application. 

    In cases where you’ve attended a college or university outside of North America, you must also submit an official evaluation performed by a NACES-approved evaluation agency, such as World Education Services.

    If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have completed your undergraduate education in the U.S., you are required to submit your Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores with your application*. Be sure to include the results of every MCAT attempt. 

    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.

    The best way to submit your MCAT score is to upload a screenshot of your scores within the online application.

    *The MCAT must be taken within 3 years of your application

    You are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation. One should be from a faculty member in the department of your major, and the other should be from pre-professional advisory committee (if your school has one), or a second faculty member who is familiar with your academic ability. 

    You are also encouraged to submit one or two additional letters of recommendation from employers, research mentors, or volunteer directors with whom you have worked closely. 

    Letters of recommendation should be requested directly through the application. Once you have done so, your references will receive further instructions on how to upload their letters.

    In certain cases, the Office of Admissions may specifically request that you submit additional documents or supporting credentials.


    For questions about the required documents or the admissions process, please email

    Application file review

    There are a few milestones on the path between submitting an application and receiving an admission decision: 

    1. Preliminary evaluation

    Once you have completed the online application and all of your supporting documents have been received, 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 for a personal interview.

    2. Personal interview

    If you are considered a qualified applicant, an associate director of admissions will contact you to arrange a personal interview. 

    During the interview, you will be allowed to discuss your academic record and provide any other background information that will help the admissions committee assess your maturity, aptitude, and motivation.

    3. Application decision

    Approximately two weeks after your interview, you will receive an email notifying you of your official admissions decision. (Please note: the decision-making timeline may be extended during semester breaks and holiday periods.)

    There are five decision options:

    1. Acceptance to the Basic Science Program: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS in the requested entry term. 
    2. Acceptance/Wait-List: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS; however, their intended semester of matriculation is full. The applicant is placed on a waitlist and confirmed for the next available semester. If a vacancy occurs, the applicant may still start in their original intended semester.
    3. Acceptance to the Extended Basic Science Program (EBS): This program is designed for entering students who wish to spread the work of the first four semesters over a five-semester period instead. (Learn more about the EBS program.)
    4. The Accelerated Review Program (ARP): This program is designed for students who have the potential to become successful physicians, but who require additional academic foundation work and study skills preparation to ensure their success in the rigorous medical education program. (Learn more about the ARP program.)
    5. Denial: The applicant has not met the minimum entrance qualifications as determined by the UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. To appeal this decision, an applicant must do so in writing and must supply additional supporting documentation for review by the committee.

    The University of Medicine and Health Sciences admits students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in the administration of its educational programs and other University administered policies.