AUA requires a minimum of 90 credit hours of college courses, but strongly recommends that applicants earn a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
The following courses are prerequisites:
• General Biology I course – 3 credits
• General Biology I Lab – 1 credit
• General Biology II course – 3 credits
• General Biology II Lab – 1 credit
• General Chemistry I course – 3 credits
• General Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit
• General Chemistry II course – 3 credit
• General Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit
• Organic Chemistry I course – 3 credits
• Organic Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit
• Organic Chemistry II course – 3 credits
• Organic Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit
• Physics I course – 3 credits
• Physics I Lab - 1 credit
• English I course – 3 credits
• Mathematics (Calculus OR Statistics) – 3 credits
It is recommended that applicants complete advanced science courses in biochemistry, anatomy & physiology, genetics, microbiology, etc
TOTALS (Excluding Insurance):
• Sem. 1 & 3: $16,180
• Sem. 2 & 4: $16,345
• Sem. 5: $17,265
• Sem. 6 – 9: $17,100
• Sem. 10: $17,450
(Tuition and fees are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee. Current Tuition and fees for returning students can be seen on the student portal.)
How closely does faculty interact with students?
AUA is committed to maintaining a low student-faculty ratio. Lecture breakout sessions, problem-based learning and classroom-integrated teaching technology allow for a personalized learning experience. Students will not be just another number.
Can I complete any of the pre-med science courses in Antigua?
Yes. American International College of Arts and Sciences—Antigua (AICASA) offers a number of premed and other prerequisite coursework applicable to AUA, including but not limited to: Introduction Biology I & II with lab, General Chemistry I & II with lab, Organic Chemistry I & II with lab, General Physics I & II with lab, Cell Biology, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Genetics and Microbiology.
What is Basic Sciences?
The Basic Sciences component comprises four semesters of classroom curriculum and the application of basic sciences to clinical medicine. The courses employ a variety of teaching methods other than large group didactics, such as small group sessions, clinical case discussions, simulations and hands-on laboratory and patient experience. As part of our hospital-integrated program, first and fourth semester students attend teaching rounds at the general hospital conducted by our faculty. Students are exposed to patients of all age groups. In addition, students practice history taking and physical examinations with patients in our ICM laboratory. Further practice with simulated patients is provided in the Patient Simulation Lab. Third and fourth semester students also attend autopsies at the hospital as part of their pathology course.
How will AUA prepare me for the USMLE Step 1?
The Basic Sciences courses instill the foundational skills students will need to succeed as practicing physicians, and provide students with the necessary knowledge to sit for and pass the USMLE Step I Exam. Integrated Review of the Basic Science Review (IRBS) distills these studies into a comprehensive curriculum. Students prepare by taking a series of Comp Shelf Examinations, and must achieve a passing score in order to be promoted from Basic Sciences into clinical rotations.
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