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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.


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.


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 close to the cost of 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 Cell Biology 6 Credits
Physical Diagnosis 2 Credits
Total Credits
EBS Semester 2
Course Credits
Biochemistry 7 Credits
Immunology 3 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
Clinical Skills (Neurology & Behavioral) 1 Credits
Pathology I 9 Credits
Behavioral Science and Medical Ethics 6 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 0652
Medical Cell Biology
6 credits
MICM 0660
Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
2 credits

Semester 2

MBIO 0760
7 credits
MBIO 0770
3 credits
MMCR 823
3 credits
MANT 0620
5 credits

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

MBEH 0830
Behavioral Science and Medical Ethics
6 credits
MPAT 0800
Pathology I
9 credits
MNEU 0810
7 credits
MNEU 0814
Clinical Skills (Neurology & Behavioral)
1 credits

Semester 5

MPAT 0900
Pathology II
12 credits
MPHM 0910
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
7 credits
MICM 0930
Introduction to Clinical Medicine
6 credits

Questions about the Extended Basic Science Program?

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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 slightly different than the Standard Tuition, scholarships and loan awards will be adjusted accordingly.