Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts. Read More...
Medical University of the Americas is the right place to launch your career in medicine. When you take a look at what MUA has to offer, we think you will agree:
Get to Know Our School and What Makes MUA Different. Review our Basic Sciences and Clinical programs. See how MUA Graduates have performed. Request a Viewbook or take the steps right now to begin your Online Application--it's easy.
When you are ready to start your journey to become a physician, MUA is ready to get you where you want to go.
Medical University of the Americas offers a comprehensive, 10-semester program for earning an M.D.
The MUA campus is fully equipped with multi-media classrooms and labs, on-line/traditional library and information resources--all supported by a modern information technology infrastructure and systems. The entire campus is wireless.
Our approach to learning is to keep class sizes small to support the one-on-one interaction that is critical to academic success.
Upon completion of the first five semesters, MUA students are ready for their first major licensing exam (i.e., the USMLE Step 1) and your clinical training. MUA is affiliated with a wide range of ACGME-approved clinical programs in the U.S. and Canada--see a partial list. Upon successful completion of your clinicals, you now have your M.D. and are ready for your residency placement. MUA students have done extremely well in the "residency match" obtaining coveted spots in subspecialties at top facilities such as the Cleveland Clinic. See recent Residency Matches.
You can launch your MUA Application online in just a few simple steps. We also welcome inquiries via e-mail. MUA also offers a unique, one year, two-semester Pre-medical Program for students who need to meet additional course requirements to be considered for the M.D. program.
MUA is unique--here's a quick look at some of the factors that we believe set us apart:
When you arrive on the MUA campus on Nevis you will begin to experience one of the hallmarks that has enabled MUA to rapidly assume its place as a leader in international medical education: experienced faculty.
All MUA faculty members hold an advanced medical (M.D., M.B.B.S.) or doctoral degree in the field they teach, and are experienced educators.
The quality of the MUA faculty combined with small class sizes, extensive student-teacher interaction and a continual emphasis on preparing you for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), is an unbeatable combination for preparing you to assume your place in today's medical profession.
Let's face it, the first five semesters of medical school require you to absorb an enormous amount of complex material. That's challenge enough--struggling to get extra time with your teachers shouldn't be another challenge.
To ensure that our students get the individual attention and support they need to succeed, MUA keeps class sizes small.
This makes for a more effective in-class, experience---you won't find the anonymous, big lecture hall experience at MUA the way you do at many schools. It also allows for individualized attention to take place throughout the semester--in the important early days when critical concepts are being established as well as during exam time, when getting just a few more minutes of insight and explanation from an experienced teacher can make all the difference.
Because of our year-round class schedule--classes take place at MUA in three semesters per year (January, May and September--there is no traditional summer break)--you complete your first five semesters on the MUA campus in just over a year and a half (20 months).
Note: New classes are seated in all three semesters.
After the five Basic Science semesters, students return to the U.S. and or Canada for for the first step of your licensing exams and the clinical portion of your medical school education: five semesters of core and elective rotations at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals affiliated with MUA.
Medical University of the Americas maintains an extensive clinical program conducted at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.
MUA carefully manages the clinical program to ensure that students are able to get in-depth exposure to clinical challenges, complete both the core and elective rotations in a timely manner, and be in an ideal position to obtain a top residency.
The Medical University of the Americas campus is located on Nevis, one of the most historic and beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
First inhabited thousands of years ago by Indian tribes--the Sibonay, Arawak and later the Carib--Nevis was "discovered" by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage and for years was at the center of the global trade in sugar cane.
Today, Nevis is a much desired destination for tourists who are seeking a more private, boutique experience in an environment that is extremely safe.
Nevis offers beautiful Caribbean beaches, snorkeling, diving, many restaurants and a wide range of accommodations--including inns that were once "great houses" in the sugar cane era. Just 200 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, Nevis is easy to get to via San Juan, Antigua, St. Maarten or St. Kitts.
Safe, easily reached and beautiful--you can't ask for much more.
Since its founding in 1998, Medical University of the Americas has enjoyed a steady track record of success – approximately 500 graduates, excellent performance on licensing exams and a history of winning top residency positions. That's why MUA has received the recognition of key licensing authorities, including the New York State Education Department/State Board for Medicine.
MUA students have obtained residency appointments in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty at renowned teaching hospitals and leading medical centers across the U.S. and Canada. In a typical year, more than half of our students obtain residencies in fields outside of Family Medicine. A signficant number are selected as Chief Residents and many pursue Fellowship (subspecialty) training following their residencies.
A sampling of some of the post-graduate programs where MUA students have placed includes:
By regularly submitting its M.D. program for evaluation and approval, Medical University of the Americas is recognized by key medical licensing and accreditation authorities:
Accreditation and Licensure
Medical University of the Americas’ Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program is listed in both the World Health Organization (WHO) directory and the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). MUA students are eligible to sit for United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) exams. MUA graduates who successfully pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK and Step 2CS are eligible for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) certification which is required to enter a residency in the United States. Upon completion of residency, MUA graduates are then eligible to take the USMLE Step 3 exam.
Medical University of the Americas is accredited by the Department of Education of St. Christopher-Nevis and graduates are eligible for licensure within the federation.
Licensure & Approvals
Medical University of the Americas is one of a select group of international medical schools approved by the New York State Education Department to allow students to complete more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkships in New York State.
Medical University of the Americas is committed to providing the critical human resources and infrastructure needed to support the academic environment that will enable you to achieve your goal of becoming a physician.
MUA does it through:
Since its founding in 1998, Medical University of the Americas has established a reputation for quality. The growing number of MUA alumni, as well as pre-medical advisors, mentors and others who know MUA, are all able to speak to the standards and integrity that characterize an MUA education.
In particular, it is the enormous success of our graduates that builds the reputation of our school. With their education at MUA as a foundation, our graduates have gained desirable residencies and created a solid career path, enabling them to pursue the medical career of their choosing.
MUA students have enjoyed continuous success in achieving a wide range of residencies in various subspecialties and in a wide range of prominent post-graduate programs.
Percentage of MUA Students in Residencies Outside of Family Medicine
Some Recent Outstanding Residency Placements of MUA Students
Your medical education at Medical University of the Americas involves ten semesters of concentrated academic and clinical study.
Students complete the first part—Basic Sciences—over 20 months on the MUA campus on Nevis.
Students then return to the U.S. or Canada to complete five semesters of clinical rotations at teaching hospitals that are affiliated with MUA.
The five semesters of the Basic Sciences curriculum can be summarized quite simply: First you will learn about the healthy body, and then you will study the unhealthy body.
Along the way you will get your first taste of how to apply that knowledge clinically (which will be the primary focus of your second five semesters).
At the completion of your Basic Sciences semesters you will take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1.
Medical University of the Americas provides you with a comprehensive course of study in the Basic Sciences that will prepare you for the USMLE, your clinical studies and residency. Click on any of the links on the left for course descriptions and more information about our program.
Medical University of the Americas offers a traditional curriculum in the Basic Sciences that also provides opportunities for early exposure to clinical applications:
Semester One: In the first semester at MUA, you will start with the fundamentals: Cellular Biology, Embryology, Histology and that quintessential right of passage for every medical student—Gross Anatomy with human cadavers.
Semester Two: In the second semester, you will move on to the body’s molecular building blocks (Biochemistry) as well as the complex interplay among the body’s different systems (Physiology). You will also get an opportunity to tackle important behavioral topics in Medical Psychology and Medical & Legal Ethics classes.
Third Semester: In the third semester, you will continue to enhance your understanding of what makes us human with studies in Neuroscience and Medical Genetics. You will also start to learn about what makes us unhealthy, including infectious diseases (Microbiology) as well as Epidemiology.
Fourth Semester: In the fourth semester, you will build on your knowledge of the path of disease, exploring its impact on the body’s systems (Pathology) as well as therapeutic efforts to deal with it (Pharmacology). You will also develop your clinical skills with your first Physical Diagnosis class—great preparation for the clinical clerkships in the U.S. and Canada that will be starting soon.
Fifth Semester: In the fifth semester, you will expand on your knowledge of disease in Clinical Pathology, continue developing your skills in physical diagnosis and prepare extensively for the USMLE Step 1 Exam.
Your clinical education at Medical University of the Americas takes place primarily in the second half of your academic program: Semesters 6 to 10—your final semesters before earning your M.D. and entering a residency program.
The Clinical Medicine program at MUA is 72 weeks:
Many students with the desire and ability to earn an M.D. begin the process of applying to medical school, only to discover that they lack the pre-medical education requirements.
This is especially true for students who decided to focus on medicine as a career late in their undergraduate experience.
For these students, Medical University of the Americas offers a Pre-medical Program on its campus in Nevis that is specifically designed to address the missing elements in your undergraduate pre-medical coursework, and provide a smooth transition into the Doctor of Medicine Basic Science program.
Medical University of the Americas operates on a year round, 3-semester schedule. That means there are three entry points for new students every year—you can begin your medical studies at MUA in September, January or May. For that reason, we accept applications throughout the year.
The 3-semester schedule not only makes it more convenient to get started, it also allows you to complete your studies more quickly. There is no long Summer break--just two-or three-week intervals between each semester. That means you will complete your five semesters of Basic Sciences in 20 months, and return home to do your clinical rotations at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are affiliated with MUA.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their documents early—generally six to 12 months in advance and to ensure that their files are complete for consideration at least three months prior to the trimester of their first choice. Since the number of students in each class is limited, and the application pool competitive, the early applicants will have a better chance of securing a place in the semester of their choice.
Since it was founded in 1998, Medical University of the Americas has always been able to offer a tuition that compares very favorably with other medical schools (see chart below) while also maintaining the rigorous standards that have made it a top choice among international M.D. programs.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the per-semester tuition at public medial schools in the U.S. now exceeds $25,000. The cost has risen so high that most students must seek additional financing beyond what they can obtain through federal loan programs, such as Stafford Loans.
At MUA, the per-semester tuition is under $10,000. This enables students to complete their education with far less indebtedness. This is especially true when compared with other Caribbean medical schools whose tuition and fees can be as much as double that of MUA.
We realize that attendance at medical school represents a significant investment for our students and their families.
At Medical University of the Americas, we are committed to doing everything we can to make your medical education more affordable. This includes maintaining a cost-effective tuition that is substantially less than the average per-semester tuition among U.S. public medical schools, as surveyed by the the American Association of Medical Colleges.
We work closely with students to take full advantage of scholarship and financial support options such as:
Financial Aid for U.S. Students
U.S. students can obtain financing for their education at Medical University of the Americas through Ed-Invest at: http://application.rlpcenter.com.
Financial Aid for Canadian Students
Canadian students are eligible for Federal Loans through the Ministry of Education Student Support Branch in the province of residence.(For example, Ontario residents are eligible for OSAP loans.)
Student may apply for up to 52 weeks of financial assistance annually. Work directly with your individual province for information regarding requirements.
MUA's school code for applying is ZUBX.