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Admission Requirements

American Canadian School of Medicine (ACSOM) admission requirements are similar to medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, per Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) guidelines. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants in a comprehensive manner to consider not only GPA and test scores, but also motivation, maturity, volunteer service, leadership ability, and knowledge of the medical field. This well-rounded evaluation ensures prospective students have the ability to excel at ACSOM.

Decision
The Faculty Admissions Committee holistically reviews each qualified application and makes all admissions decisions. An applicant can expect a response from the committee within 30 days of the interview.

Prerequisites

Bachelor
Degree

Bachelor degree is required. No requirement for a major as long as the required courses listed below have been taken.

Course Requirements

One year of biology consisting of general biology or higher (example of higher level biology includes a course in anatomy, physiology, combined anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, etc.); two semesters of general chemistry; one semester of organic chemistry; one semester of algebra or biostatistics; one semester of physics.

For the 2024
application cycle

American Canadian School of Medicine announcement:

Starting March 1st 2024, the MCAT will be mandatory for the Fall 2024 intake. Currently, there is no set minimum score required to exclude any students based solely on their test score. The admissions committee will continue to evaluate applications holistically. However, there is a growing national debate on standardized testing and test optional status. Recently, Yale University made changes to its admissions process by introducing new requirements for standardized test scores.

Fluency
In English

Fluency in English is fundamental to thriving in our academic community. Prospective students are expected to demonstrate a strong command of the English language, ensuring they can actively participate in discussions, comprehend complex texts, and articulate ideas effectively.

Successful Interview

Mastering the admissions interview is about more than showcasing your academic prowess. It’s an opportunity to share your personal journey, demonstrate your passion for your field of study, and reveal the unique perspective you bring. Here at ACSOM, we value the diversity and depth of experiences our students bring to our community. Shine authentically in your interview, and become a part of our legacy of excellence.

Record Of
Good Conduct

At our university, we prioritize fostering a safe and conducive learning environment for all students. To ensure the well-being and academic integrity of our community, a Record of Good Conduct is a prerequisite for admission. This helps us ensure that all incoming students align with our values and standards, promoting a harmonious campus culture.

Harvard Medical School Partnership – HMX Courses

At American Canadian School of Medicine, we believe in our academic program so strongly and want our students to succeed from day one, that we have partnered with Harvard Medical School to offer a unique approach to online learning in medical education.

On a case-by-case basis as deemed by the Admissions Committee, as part of admissions and enrollment at ACSOM, accepted students may be required to complete a Harvard HMX Course(s) based on strength of academic profile prior to first semester enrollment.

HMX Fundamentals – Build your knowledge base with in-depth courses on foundational science topics important for a variety of health care programs and career paths. Earn a Certificate from Harvard Medical School and hit the ground running for the next stage of your career. HMX offers a unique approach to online learning in medical education.

HMX Topics
include

Tuition starts at $800 for an individual course; there are discounts if multiple courses are taken simultaneously. Course information is listed below

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Upcoming course periods

  • January 9 – March 22, 2024
    Apply now through December 5
  • April 9 – June 21, 2024
    Application opens December 6
  • June 4 – August 16, 2024
    Application opens March 20

Course length: Each course is 10 weeks long. New lessons are released weekly, and material remains available until the course closes. Expect to spend 3-6 hours per course per week.

Course cost

  • individual course
    $800 USD
  • two-course bundle ($500 per course)
    $1000 USD
  • three-course bundle ($475 per course)
    $1425 USD
  • four-course bundle ($450 per course)
    $1800 USD
  • all five HMX Fundamentals courses ($425 per course)
    $2125 USD

The student is responsible for payment of these courses; however, tuition for these courses will be subtracted from your first-year invoice at ACSOM. As a part of this requirement for admission, ACSOM will require receipt of the Certificate of Achievement.

MCAT Exam
2024 & Beyond

We encourage students to apply with an MCAT score of 500 and above. Once your full application and verified credentials are received, all admitted students will be considered for a scholarship based on academic merits, leadership, experience, research, and volunteerism.

Students who do not attain a 500 and above MCAT score criteria may still be considered for admission with a demonstrated excellence in academic performance and civic achievement.

Transfer Student

Transfer students are welcome to apply to ACSOM.

  • A transfer student is anyone currently enrolled at a medical school, or graduated from a medical school wishing to transfer to our program.
  • The transfer admissions process is competitive and subject to space availability.
  • Transfer students must meet all of the documentation requirements of a new applicant.
  • Students who wish to transfer for the first year must apply as new students for the first year of study. Official and current transcript(s) from medical school(s) attended must be provided, in addition to a Dean’s Letter and USMLE Step 1 or MCCQE Step 1 scores (if applicable).
  • Students wishing to transfer directly to the Clinical Rotation program will need to have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1 or the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) from the first attempt.

Statement
On
Inclusivity

ACSOM seeks to foster a culture of diversity and equity for our patients, students, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who personify excellence and feel called to service in the name of moving medicine forward.

ACSOM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. ACSOM is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Student Visa

ACSOM will work directly with the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica to facilitate your student visa.

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