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Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba

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Xavier University School of Medicine

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About Xavier University School of Medicine

Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM) was founded in 2005 and is chartered by the government of Aruba with authorization by the Ministry of Education of Aruba. Located in Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, students are provided with a safe and secure atmosphere to focus on their studies. As the largest city in Aruba, Oranjestad can easily be reached by direct flights from all over the world.

Our U.S. based courses are taught by distinguished doctors from the U.S. who are committed to teaching. The student to faculty ratio is 25 to 1, which provides students with an individualized learning environment. All labs and classrooms have state of the art equipment, including LCD projectors, charts and anatomy museums. Plasticized human cadavers are used for teaching and dissection. Anatomical dissections are performed at the Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital, the local hospital in Aruba.

Many shopping malls, government offices and fast food restaurants are located within walking distance of the campus. The close proximity to the central bus station allows student's easy access to all parts of the island.

The campus itself is a newly renovated, modern facility comprised of over 125,000 square feet. The entire facility has central air condition and is equipped with wireless technology throughout. Students are guaranteed secured access to the campus at all times, as XUSOM has nighttime and weekend security officers on site. The campus encompasses a vibrant multicultural atmosphere where all students feel accepted and comfortable.



A charter serves as the official governmental permission for a medical school and its faculty to teach the art and science of medicine, and operate in that designated country. Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM) at Aruba is independently chartered by the Government of Aruba of the Dutch Antilles.

International Medical Education Directory (IMED)

International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a division of the United States of America's Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). NOTE - the XUSOM at Aruba IMED listing is also recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for certification and eligibility for medical licensure.

World Health Organization (WHO)

XUSOM at Aruba has been approved by the WHO, and is listed in WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools.

Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions - CAAM-HP

Provisionally Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions - CAAM-HP


Licensure and Practice of Medicine

United States

Medical residency training is required of all medical doctors in order to be eligible to apply for medical licensure to practice medicine in the United States. ECFMG Certification is required of all international medical graduates to be able to start medical residency training in the United States. The ECFMG recognition of XUSOM at Aruba enables the graduates of XUSOM at Aruba to be eligible for ECFMG Certification, and participation in U.S. medical residency training programs.


In order to apply for Licensure of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), a graduate must have passed both Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Parts one and two (MCCQE Parts I and II). NOTE - As a pre-requisite to sitting for the MCCQE Part I, an International medical graduate must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). Graduates of XUSOM at Aruba are eligible to sit for MCCEE, QE Parts I and II, and application for the LMCC and CARMS.


In order for graduates of XUSOM to practice medicine in the island country of Aruba, the graduate must meet the standard eligibility criteria for medical licensure in Aruba. XUSOM at Aruba is chartered and recognized by the Island Government of Aruba. Graduates of XUSOM Aruba are eligible to apply for medical licensure and practice medicine in Aruba upon meeting all standard medical licensure criteria and requirement.


Medical Schools in the U.S. have a limited number of students they can accept into their programs. In addition, the mounting costs of a medical education in the U.S. can make it too expensive for many students and their families to take on. These factors can inhibit many potential students from pursuing medical careers. The focus of our program is to provide a medical education that is affordable and gives students the tools necessary to pass United States Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE) and apply for U.S. residencies.


Our program provides 20 months of world class medical education in Aruba, followed by 72 weeks of clinical rotations in affiliated hospitals throughout the United States. Our goal is to accelerate the time, and decrease the financial resources, necessary to become a practicing U.S. physician -- all without sacrificing the quality of the education. This goal is what sets us apart from other Caribbean medical school programs.

Our exceptional faculty and staff are supported by an administrative office located in Woodbury, New York, where our team works collaboratively to ensure every student can achieve their professional goals.


Benefits of choosing Xavier University School of Medicine:

  • No MCAT required for sign up
  • Accredited by the CAAM-HP
  • Students typically score high on USMLE
  • Curriculum is identical to prestigious US medical schools
  • Students learn "real world application" of skills and knowledge
  • Significantly less expensive than US or Canadian schools
  • Located in Aruba…
  • State of the art tools and equipment for learning
  • Admission staff assists through the entire admissions process
  • Located in Aruba… seriously, it needs to be said twice.

Caribbean medical schools are generally focused on providing education for students who wish to practice in the US or Canada. Of all the accredited medical schools in the Caribbean, Xavier University School of Medicine shines above the rest. The curriculum of our medical/Pre-Med school is specialized to be nearly identical to the medical schools of the United States and Canada. Using our parallel curriculums the student will typically undergo instruction for the first few years at the campus in Aruba, then perform their residency at a US or Canadian hospital of their choice. With state of the art technologies, reasonable student/teacher ratios, safe campuses, and a passionate team of professionals looking to help you succeed, Xavier University is truly the best accredited Caribbean medical school choice an aspiring doctor has.

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) is an organization that helps to alleviate some of the concerns students and hospitals have when it comes to offshore medical schools located in the Caribbean. Xavier University School of Medicine is fully accredited by CAAM-HP, and is the most respected medical school located in the Caribbean.

XUSOM at Aruba has been approved by the WHO, and is listed in WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools. The WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools, is information about medical schools and their programs and is of general worldwide interest. It is an important tool in quality assurance. It's a valuable tool for the registration agencies, which are responsible for licensing to practice in medicine. It is an instrument to promote international collaborations. It also provides information for potential students or staff wishing to learn about an individual school or faculty or about all schools in a particular country. Finally, as a reliable and comprehensive database, it is a powerful research tool and an instrument for networking between schools.

The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a division of the United States of America's Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). NOTE - the XUSOM at Aruba IMED listing is also recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for certification and eligibility for medical licensure.

Located in Aruba our school enjoys all the benefits of being an accredited Caribbean medical school, as well as some of the most sophisticated tools to assist in the learning process. Our students typically score high on the USMLE, although we do not "teach for the test". We ensure that our students will succeed in their professions as well as their tests.

Admission into our school is simplified as we typically are with the prospective med student every step of the way. From passports, immunization records, immigration, to student loans, the administration staff is here to help you, every step of your journey.




Students enrolled in our MD program will take part in two years of pre-clinical courses and clinical training that will prepare them to enter a residency program in the U.S.

All applicants applying for the 4 Year MD Program are required to finish at least 2 academic years & 90 credit hours of undergraduate studies with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, including the following subjects:

  • (8 credit hours) of Inorganic or General Chemistry (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of Organic Chemistry (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of General Biology (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of Physics (with labs)
  • (6 credit hours) of English
  • (8 credit hours) of Pre-Calculus/Calculus

These requirements are determined by State Medical Boards and are required for future licensure in the respective states.These are simply guidelines and are not meant to be all-inclusive, please contact our office if you have questions. Twenty months of pre-clinical courses in bio-medical sciences are combined with a Clinical Board Series utilizing patient and physician educators to maximize the experience for each student. After the coursework and the clinical training, students are prepared to enter into any residency program in the United States. There is no compromise in the total number of hours credited or clinical exposure with this program.



Xavier University School of Medicine offers a program where high school graduates receive pre-Med classes that will prepare them to enter into medical program without first obtaining a bachelors degree.


  • High School Diploma
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • SAT: 1200 (old system) 1800 (new system) or ACT 26
  • TOEFL: 231 (for other than USA, UK, or Canadian students)
  • IELTS: 6.0 (for other than USA, UK, or Canadian students)

For those students who have no reservations about their career path and are clear about their choice to pursue a career in medicine, this program is ideal. The initial four semesters focus on pre-medical studies to fully prepare these students to enter the pre-clinical MD program at Xavier University School of Medicine. After completing the initial four semesters, the student then joins the MD program, completes the pre-clinical and clinical rotations, and remains a qualified candidate for medical licensure in the US. Typical high school graduates who complete the 5˝ year program are fully prepared to enter residency before the age of 23. Students in this program are generally grateful to have secured their position as a medical student without investing additional time and money pursuing a bachelors or a Masters degree.



Clinical Sciences follow the completion of the Basic Science curriculum and successful completion of USMLE Step 1. We have secured multiple geographic locations available throughout the United States.

All rotations are available in the United States.


Our admissions team is here to help you understand what is needed to become a part of the XUSOM community. XUSOM was established to offer a quality medical education that is affordable and accessible to anyone who is determined to thrive in the field of medicine.

The Admissions committee evaluates applicants based not only on academic background, but life experiences and looks for those who have the aptitude for success not only as a medical student, but as a practicing physician or nurse.

At XUSOM, we are confident in what we do and we are here to help you realize your dream of becoming a physician or nurse.


Pre-Med Curriculum
Semesters 1-4

Tuition $5,000.00
Books & Supplies $600.00
Semester Cost $5,600.00
Total Program Cost $22,400.00


Basic Science Curriculum
Semesters 1-6

Tuition $8,400.00
Books & Supplies $600.00
Total (5 semesters) $45,000.00
Semester 6 Tuition $45,000.00
White Coat Ceremony $600.00
Total Program Cost $55,850.00


Clinical Science Program

Tuition $10,800.00
Total Clinical Science Program Cost $64,800.00

Total MD Cost with Pre-Med - $143,600.00

Total MD Cost without Pre-Med - $121,200.00


Xavier University School of Medicine is committed to making a quality medical education affordable for every student.

Scholarships, loans and payment plan options are available to students and parents to assist in meeting educational expenses.

Medical school is a wise investment in your future. Don't delay your dream of becoming a physician. Our admissions representatives are available in person and via phone or e-mail to assist you in learning more about financing your education.

Further Information

For more information about Xavier University School of Medicine, please contact us.

Create Date: 07-15-2005
Last Modification: 08-14-2014
Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM), Aruba