I do not know whether it is true or not that Xavier is accepting students without pre-med qualifications (by "accept", I assume acceptance to med, not pre-med, is intended), but students who attend without the prerequisites are making a terrible mistake, IMO. Another post in this thread states that Xavier requires such students to sign a waiver of responsibility to the effect that the school is not liable for any adverse consequences. And for very good reason. A few years ago there was an incident involving an Xavier graduate and a mid-western state -- I believe it was Tennessee, but I'm not sure -- in which the licensing board examined the undergraduate record of the applicant and discovered that s/he failed an organic chemistry course and never took it over, and on that basis denied the license. Although it may not make any sense that a person has completed med school, passed the Steps, and completed a residency, only to be denied a license over such a seemingly irrelevant matter, it did happen and should serve as a lesson to those contemplating taking shortcuts.
I advise that students take their prerequisites at a college in the U.S., not Xavier, for the simple reason that if things don't work out and the student decides to leave medicine, courses taken in Aruba are not transferrable to any accredited college in the U.S. (unless this has changed recently; has it?), and most of the other Carib schools will not accept them, either. The temptation to take the courses in Aruba is based on the belief that admission to the school may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the only chance the student may ever have of getting into med school. Given the liberal admissions policies of all the Carib schools, this is a false belief, IMO. The situation may be different for students who come from other countries and are unable to attend a U.S. college, in which case non-transferability to U.S. colleges is moot.
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