Academic Programs

AUA offers two distinct programs for students interested in attaining a medical degree. The four-year MD degree program is designed for students who have either have an undergraduate degree or have completed at least 90 college credits and all prerequisite courses. The six- year AS/MD degree program is designed for students who are starting their medical career directly from high school and non-traditional students who do not have or are missing prerequisite courses for the four-year MD program.

AUA College of Medicine (AUACOM)


4-year MD Degree Program starts with four 16-week semesters in Antigua where the curriculum is comprised of courses in Basic Sciences and their application to clinical medicine. Semesters begin in January, May and September, and students can begin their studies in any semester.

First and fourth semester students attend teaching rounds at the general hospital, conducted by our clinical faculty. Students are exposed to patients of all age groups. In addition, students practice history taking and physical examinations with patients at our ICM lab on campus. Third and fourth semester students also attend autopsies at the hospital as part of their pathology course.

Students begin their clinical education by attending the THINC-Medicine 01 program (formerly known as The Fifth semester) which is taught at U.S. clinical sites. This program serves as a bridge between the basic science curriculum and the clinical science curriculum. Presently, students attend one of AUA’s five locations in the U.S. – The Atlanta Medical Center-Primary Care in Atlanta, GA, The Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD; The Greater Miami Health Education and Training Center in Miami, FL, The St. Joseph’s Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI and The Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. Additional new sites are proposed for the Northeast and Puerto Rico beginning in the second quarter of 2009.

The Clinical Clerkship segment consists of 6- and 12-week core and 4-week elective rotations at various AUA-affiliated ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. Students can begin their Clinical Clerkships with a core rotation after taking the Step 1 exam and waiting for the results. After receiving a passing score, students continue with the remainder of their clinical rotations. Once all 75 weeks of required clinical rotations are completed and the student passed both USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills and Clinical Knowledge exams, they are eligible for graduation.

If all coursework is taken consecutively, the medical program can be completed in 40 months or just over 3.5 years. The Doctor of Medicine degree is awarded after students have successfully completed all the requirements including the Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences coursework. Graduating students are eligible to participate in the Residency Match program, same as students graduating from U.S. medical schools. Graduates are also eligible to apply for their ECFMG certification.

American International College of Arts and Science – (AICASA) Antigua


6-year AS/MD Degree Program in Antigua leads to both an Associate in Science in Pre-Health Sciences degree and a MD degree. The program incorporates college level science and humanities courses with medical school courses in a six-year program. This track is ideal for graduating high school students who are committed to medicine and are ready to begin their medical studies immediately after completing high school. It is also the path for non-traditional students who need to complete prerequisite courses before being accepted to the medical program.

Kasturba Medical College International Center (KMCIC)


6-Year BSc/MD Degree Program at Kasturba Medical College International Center incorporates college level science and humanities courses with medical school courses in a six-year program. Students start with two semesters of pre-basic sciences courses. Then the students move on to take the regular basic sciences courses and receive a BSc in Basic Health Sciences degree from Manipal University after the completion of the six semesters. The students then return to the U.S. to join the Introduction to Clinical Clerkship semester with AUA students who completed their Basic Science program in Antigua. This track is ideal for graduating high school students who are committed to medicine and are ready to begin their medical studies immediately after completing high school. It is also the path for non-traditional students who need to complete prerequisite courses before being accepted to the medical program.

Pre-Medical Program is offered in Antigua and Manipal to students who are starting their medical career directly from high school and non-traditional students who do not have or are missing prerequisite courses for the four-year MD program. The program consists of college level science and humanities courses to prepare students for medical school, and help them to think critically and develop good communications skills. Graduates receive an Associate in Science degree in Antigua or a Basic Health Science degree in India.

The admissions committee may also recommend that students who did poorly in prerequisite courses repeat those specific classes before starting the four-year M.D. program. Upon successfully passing these required courses, students are promoted to the next level.