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    Extended Basic Science Program

    The Extended Basic Science Program

    UMHS developed the Extended Basic Science (EBS) Program to give students a better opportunity to excel academically by allowing participants to complete their Basic Science coursework in five semesters, rather than the standard four. Students accepted into the University may choose to enroll in this program up until a week after the first block exam in either semester one or semester two.

    This is a very popular program because it gives students the necessary time to excel academically. Over 80 percent of our student body is currently enrolled in the EBS.

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    Dr. Nichole Cumby, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, teaching a student in the microbiology lab on the St. Kitts campus

    The Extended Basic Science Program was designed to give students a better opportunity to excel academically, and ultimately succeed, in the rigorous medical school environment.

    Requirements

    The admissions committee has determined that some of those admitted will be accepted directly into the EBS program. These decisions are based upon a variety of criteria that may include overall GPA, premed GPA, MCAT score, passage of time between completing the basic sciences and entering into medical school, too few 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.

    Costs

    To help all students keep their education as affordable as possible, the University has prorated the tuition so that the overall cost of tuition for the five-semester EBS Program is the same as the four-semester Basic Science Program. However, students in the EBS Program will have one additional semester of living expenses as compared to those in the four-semester program.

    Extended Basic Science Curriculum

    EBS Semester 1
    Course Credits
    Gross and Developmental Anatomy 11 Credits
    Medical Ethics 1 Credits
    Molecular and Cell Biology 6 Credits
    Physical Diagnosis 2 Credits
    Total Credits
    EBS Semester 2
    Course Credits
    Biochemistry 7 Credits
    Immunology 2 Credits
    Histology 5 Credits
    Genetics 3 Credits
    Total Credits
    EBS Semester 3
    Course Credits
    Microbiology 5 Credits
    Physiology 10 Credits
    Biostatistics & Epidemiology 2 Credits
    Total Credits
    EBS Semester 4
    Course Credits
    Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy 7 Credits
    Pathology I 9 Credits
    Behavioral Sciences 5 Credits
    Total Credits
    EBS Semester 5
    Course Credits
    Pathology II 12 Credits
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics 7 Credits
    Introduction to Clinical Medicine I 6 Credits
    Total Credits

    Semester 1

    MANT 0603
    Gross and Developmental Anatomy
    11 credits
    MBIO 0650
    Cell and Molecular Biology
    6 credits
    MICM 0940
    Medical Ethics
    1 credits
    MICM 0660
    Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
    2 credits

    Semester 2

    MBIO 0760
    Biochemistry
    7 credits
    MBIO 0770
    Genetics
    3 credits
    MMCR 823
    Immunology
    2 credits
    MANT 0620
    Histology
    5 credits

    Semester 3

    MMCR 0820
    Microbiology
    5 credits
    MPHY 0711
    Physiology
    10 credits
    MBEH 0920
    Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    2 credits

    Semester 4

    MBEH 0830
    Behavioral Science
    5 credits
    MPAT 0800
    Pathology I
    9 credits
    MNEU 0810
    Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
    7 credits

    Semester 5

    MPAT 0900
    Pathology II
    12 credits
    MPHM 0910
    Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    7 credits
    MICM 0930
    Introduction to Clinical Medicine
    6 credits
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    Questions about the Extended Basic Science Program?

    Our admissions staff are standing by to answer any questions you may have.

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    Please note the following:

    • Those admitted to the EBS program or opting into the program will not be permitted to accelerate into the four semester Basic Science Program at a later date.
    • Prior to matriculation, students who choose to decelerate from the standard Basic Science Program to EBS must notify the office of admissions. 
    • Those who begin the regular four semester program may opt into the EBS program following the completion of the first block examination either in the first or second semester if the results suggest that more time would be advantageous for successful completion of the basic sciences. 
    • With a reduced load, students have been able to excel academically.  Currently the University has an attrition rate of 4%.  This in part is directly related to the EBS program. 
    • Since the EBS tuition is lower than the Standard Tuition, scholarships and loan awards will be adjusted accordingly.