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ACSOM Preparatory Program

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Preparatory Program

The ACSOM Preparatory Program has been meticulously designed to provide aspiring medical students with a comprehensive foundation. This program addresses the challenges faced by students in grasping the complex concepts of basic sciences covered in the initial months of our medical school, offering a decelerated curriculum that allows for a deeper understanding of the material. By enrolling in this program, students will benefit from a tailored learning experience that focuses on building a strong academic base, enhancing critical thinking skills, and preparing for the rigors of medical education. The ACSOM Preparatory Program not only equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the medical field but also instills in them the confidence and determination to pursue their passion for medicine with excellence.

Application Entry Points:

  1. Apply directly to the program using the ACSOM Application and choose Prep Program under Program of Interest. Upon acceptance and submission of seat deposit, the Student Support Services Team will assist you with matriculating to campus.
  2. Admissions Committee referral to the Prep Program post interview for the 4-Year MD Program.

Upon acceptance and seat deposit is submitted, the Student Support Services Team will assist you with matriculating to campus.


Prep Program Admissions Criteria:

Degree Transcripts

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

Pre-Requisite Courses

One year of biology consisting of general biology or higher; two semesters of general chemistry; one semester of organic chemistry; one semester of algebra or biostatistics; one semester of physics. Waivers and substitutions are available on a case by case basis.

MCAT not required

We DO NOT require the MCAT for the Preparatory Program.

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.

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.

Resume, Personal Statement, and LOR’s

We require a history of academic achievement and commitment to succeed in medical school and as a medical doctor.

Curriculum Content

Foundations of Medical Science (12 weeks decelerated)

Biochemistry, Human Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacology

In our decelerated version of Foundations of Medicine, we will review the molecular bases of life and prepare for further studies. During this course, students will become familiar with 6 fundamental disciplines; biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, pathology, oncology and basic pharmacology. In addition, they will learn skills that will help them solve clinical case studies and answer NBME exam questions to ensure their success in both our Medical Program and when taking the USMLE exams.


Attack and Defense (7 weeks)

Immunology & Microbiology (Cellular basis of the Immune Response, Immunologic Mediators, Pathogens and infectious diseases)

In our pre-Attack and Defense module, students will learn the basis of Immunology and Microbiology. Students will gain understanding in the molecular and cellular mechanisms that determine how the human body defends itself from infectious diseases and how pathogens overcome our defenses to cause infection. In addition, our module will focus on bacterial and viral genetics, and will include an overview of basic diagnostic tools for bacteria, virus and fungus identification.

Conclusion of:
Prep Program

Upon successful completion of the Prep Program, students will be offered a $15,000 scholarship for the first term of studies in the 4 Year MD Program (in addition to other scholarships for which you may be eligible based on performance in the Prep Program), their New Student Welcome Packet, and be connected with the Financial Aid Office and Student Support Services.

If students do not pass the exams and therefore fail the program, the $1,000 tuition will be refunded.

Start Dates

  • Option 1: Aug 5, 2024 – Dec 13, 2024Successful completion of the program to begin in the January 2025 cohort.
  • Option 2: Jan 13, 2025 – May 23, 2025 Successful completion of the program to begin in the August 2025 cohort.

Location: This program is held on-campus at ACSOM in Dominica.

Tuition and Fees:

  • Tuition & Fees
    $1,000 USD
  • Health Insurance
    $1,400 USD
  • Room and Utilities
    $4,250 USD
  • Transportation
    $1,000 USD
  • Misc Expenses
    $500 USD
  • Food/Meals
    $3,800 USD

Estimated total cost of attendance: $11,950.00


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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