Admission requirements for Saba University School of Medicine are straightforward:
- Applicants from the United States (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) or Canada are expected to have a minimum of three years of undergraduate studies, or the equivalent of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours, including pre-medical requirements from an accredited college or university. Note that preference will be given to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- All applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents are required—and all other students are strongly encouraged—to take the MCAT.
Those are the basic requirements. You’ll find the details below. These requirements should be completed, or be in the process of being completed, to engage in the admissions process.
The following courses are the pre-medical requirements for admission to Saba University. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.
Biology: A one-year general biology or zoology course with a laboratory component. Students who elect to pursue additional coursework in the biological sciences should consider genetics, embryology, cell and molecular biology or comparative anatomy.
Chemistry: One year of inorganic and one year of organic chemistry with a laboratory component. Biochemistry can be considered as an option for one semester of organic chemistry.
English: At least one year of college-level English literature or composition. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading and oral communication.
Other: A broad background in humanities, social sciences or physical sciences, and computer skills
Additional coursework in biology and related disciplines is highly recommended. Students completing courses such as cell biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, statistics and psychology/interpersonal skills and communication are given preference in admissions.
Taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
In addition, taking the MCAT is recommended for all other applicants and is specifically required from those students who meet any of the following three conditions:
- Students with outdated required science coursework (>5 years old)
- Students who completed required science coursework at a community college
- Students with “C” grades or lower in the required science courses
Saba’s MCAT code is SUSOM. More information about the MCAT is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
Applicants can send Saba University the MCAT exam scores through the online THx system as soon as they are available at the AAMC.
Since English is the language of instruction at Saba University School of Medicine, it is important that applicants be prepared academically to pursue the curriculum and also be able to communicate well.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). More information is available at the TOEFL website.
Patient Care Experience
Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 50 hours of direct patient care experience to be eligible for admission to Saba University School of Medicine.
This experience can come from volunteering in a hospital setting, shadowing physicians, working as an EMT, etc.
Students who do not meet the minimum requirement at the time of their application must fulfill it prior to matriculation.
Individuals who have attended an approved medical school can apply to Saba University and will be considered for admission after completing the application. Acceptance is contingent upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee and availability of space. Please contact the Admissions Office before submitting an application for transfer.
Transfer students must submit all documentation required of new students (with some additions; see below) and must be in good academic standing.
Requirements for the application include:
- An official transcript from your current institution and all past educational institutions.
- A Dean’s letter from your medical school indicating your standing at that school.
- A statement that the applicant has met all outstanding financial and academic obligations at the previous medical school.
Saba University will not consider coursework completed through a distance learning program. Students with unsatisfactory records or dismissal for any reason from other medical schools are not considered for transfer.
Saba University does not offer advanced standing credit for courses taken in graduate or professional degree programs (e.g. Chiropractic, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Dentistry or other allied health professional programs).
Please note: Based on the medical school an applicant is seeking transfer from, if accepted, the student may need to repeat courses to satisfy state licensure requirements.
Students interested in transferring to the Clinical Medicine program (Semesters 5-10) must contact the Admissions Office prior to formally applying to determine eligibility and space availability.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NON-U.S. AND NON-CANADIAN STUDENTS:
In order to complete the program in medicine, students from outside the U.S. and Canada may need to obtain certain visas in order to undertake all or a portion of the requisite clinical training in affiliated hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, all students from outside the U.S. and Canada will need certain visas to take one or more segments of the USMLE exams in the U.S. These visas are solely the student’s responsibility to obtain. The School understands that as a result of policies or practices adopted by the U.S. State Department, a number of medical students from outside the U.S. and Canada have been unable to obtain the required visas. Students from outside the U.S. and Canada who are unable to obtain the necessary visas will not be able to complete the School’s degree program. In such a case, no refund of tuition or other expenses incurred in connection with his or her attendance at the School will be made.
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