Caribbean medical school admissions requirements are similar to the ones of the medical schools in U.S. The Admissions Committee at Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine considers many factors as relevant predictors of a good medical student. However, as medical school is a rigorous academic challenge, the committee must be satisfied that a prospective student has the ability to successfully assimilate the curriculum.
The committee evaluates applicants in a comprehensive manner. We are interested in the whole individual and evaluate applications using all components of the application package. Our goal is to determine whether or not you have the academic ability and determination to pursue a rigorous medical school education. We look beyond GPA calculations and test scores in order to determine your motivation, maturity, leadership ability, knowledge of the medical field and academic progression in time.
Premedical program admission requirements
Three semester of Premedical Science are offered to accommodate students from different academic backgrounds as a foundation for Medical Science, therefore, all Premed applicants have to meet the following requirements:
- High/ Secondary School Diploma and Official Transcripts (minimum educational background)
- GPA: 2.8
- TOEFL: 60 or IELTS: 6.0 (if applicable)
Please Note: Applicants with lower GPA scores should have strong letters of recommendation and satisfy the Admissions committee that they possess strong motivation to study medicine.
Medical program admission requirements
Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine requires a minimum of 90 credits hours of college level courses for admission to the Medical Science program. Although a baccalaureate degree is strongly preferred, students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements may be considered without a baccalaureate degree.
These requirements are laid down by State Medical Boards and are required for future licensure in the respective states.
To ensure a successful academic career at CMU and to correlate with licensure guidelines, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or at least 90 credit hours of accredited undergraduate studies including the following subjects:
- One year of Biology or Zoology
- One year of General Chemistry
- One year of Organic Chemistry
- One year of General Physics
- One semester of Math: Calculus, Computer Science, or Statistics
- One semester of English
- GPA: 2.8
- MCAT optional
- TOEFL: 60 or IELTS: 6.0 (if applicable)
Please Note: Applicants with lower GPA scores should have strong letters of recommendation and satisfy the Admissions Committee that they possess strong motivation to study medicine. Preference will be given to Applicants who have satisfactory MCAT scores or have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
Additionally, a personal interview may be requested at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
* Academic transcripts from Non-U.S./ Canadian Schools: (Not applicable to transfer students from other Caribbean medical schools.)
Students from non-U.S./ Canadian schools must request a course-by-course and GPA evaluation (and translation if applicable) of their official school transcripts, and they can contact: Education Credential Evaluators (ECE): https://www.ece.org, or World Education Services (WES): http://www.wes.org, or any company listed with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), http://www.naces.org.
High/ Secondary school transcripts: General evaluation + GPA. Only evaluated transcripts will be accepted.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) - optional
Applicants who have taken the MCAT examination are highly encouraged to submit their scores to us. While this is not a main determinant of your ability to succeed in medical school, it may help us qualify you for acceptance, in combination with our evaluation of your grade point average.
For more info visit: MCAT Website
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - if applicable
The Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. The minimum acceptable score is 60 on the computer-based test. The paper-based TOEFL ended in May of 2012 so any passing scores before that date will be accepted.
For more info visit: TOEFL Website
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - if applicable
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
For more info visit: IELTS Website
NON North American Applicants
The Admissions Committee will evaluate applicants from countries with educational standards comparable to the US. An applicant must have achieved the successful completion of secondary school (12 years post-kindergarten, comprising four years post-primary/elementary, that is at least eight years long).
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis. All course work and diplomas should be translated into English. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for direct entry into the medical science may apply for admission to the premedical science program. Depending on the country of origin and academic background, a student enters the premedical science course for a period of one to four semesters, depending upon the academic credentials.
Advanced standing admission requirements
Students presenting secondary school (or Advanced Level or International Baccalaureate) credentials will be placed into the appropriate semester based on their academic backgrounds.
Medical or nursing courses taken at other recognized medical or nursing schools may be considered for transfer credit. Requests for advanced standing must be made at the time of initial application to the University.
Applications for transfer/advanced standing are evaluated on an individual basis, by the Admissions Committee and are contingent upon the following conditions:
- Transfer credits are granted for successfully passed coursework only
- Applicant must be in good academic standing
- Transfer is subject to availability of space
- Transfer students must meet all documentation requirements of a new applicant
- Official and up-to-date transcript from medical or nursing school(s) attended must be provided
- Students wishing to transfer directly to the Clinical Rotation program will stand a better chance of acceptance if they have passed the USMLE Step I
Please Note: Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine does not grant advanced standing to students for work done in schools of Podiatry, Allied Health, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Physician Assistants or Nurses. Health professionals who wish to upgrade their skills and earn an MD degree may be admitted into the first semester of Medical Science program.
Requirements for graduation
To be awarded an Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine, the eligible student must satisfactorily complete the medical science portion of the curriculum as well as all required 72 weeks of clinical rotations. Furthermore, the student must pass the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 and complete all core rotations.
The student has to fulfill all financial obligations to the university, including $780 graduation fee, while complying at all times with the Student Honor Code (set out under "Policies & Procedures ").