This eight-semester degree program will provide students who are already enrolled in the MD Degree Program at AUA College of Medicine with the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Human Health Sciences. The BHHS degree is designed for students who have earned their A.S. through American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA)* and/or do not have a B.S./B.A. degree upon enrolling in AUA College of Medicine.
Upon completion of this and the MD degree, graduates will have established an exceptionally focused medical background, which makes them more attractive to residency program directors. The BHHS degree provides a useful foundation for further graduate studies in sciences and enables students to pursue careers in medical labs, medical research and teaching, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and other related fields.
*Degree conferred by AUA College of Medicine. AUA and AICASA are two wholly separate educational institutions.
In addition to undergraduate foundation courses in the sciences and general education, students will be required to demonstrate competency in the following human health science disciplines:
1. Anatomy & Cell Biology
3. Epidemiology & Biostatistics
4. Behavior & Medical Ethics
5. Microbiology & Immunology
7. Pharmacology & Toxicology
Practical experience will be obtained through required laboratory exercises.
General Education Requirement
The General Education Requirement encompass 36 credit hours divided among the following three categories:
1. Science / Mathematics
This category includes courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis. Courses required for the major do not qualify as general education credits.
This category includes courses such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications.
3. Social Sciences
This category includes history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology and psychology.
Students must complete at least one course in each of these categories.
All applicants to the BHHS degree must have applied and been accepted to AUA College of Medicine. Applicants must request to be considered for the BHHS program, in writing, to the Admissions Committee and will be evaluated on his/her merits. Please visit the admissions requirements page for more details on applying to AUA.
U.S. and Canadian Applicant Admissions Criteria
This degree is designed for:
1. High school graduates with no advanced degrees who enroll at AICASA and are accepted to AUA College of Medicine
2. Transfer students who are accepted to the A.S. in Health Sciences Program at AICASA and are accepted to AUA College of Medicine
3. Transfer students from accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
4. Students with no advanced degree who enroll at AUA College of Medicine
5. Students with advanced degrees who enroll at AUA College of Medicine and elect to earn an additional BHHS degree
Applicants who elect to first earn an A.S. in Health Sciences degree: All applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Most applicants possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 1100 or 24 on the SAT or ACT, respectively. If the Admissions Committee agrees, applicants who have taken and passed college courses may use completion of these credits to substitute for lower than expected high school GPA or SAT/ACT scores.
AICASA and AUA accept transfer credits from accredited institutions within the United States, as approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Courses from non-U.S. institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. The Admissions Committees of AICASA and AUA will evaluate courses from previous colleges and schools prior to the applicant being accepted. The transfer of credit is at the discretion of the Admissions Committees and is not guaranteed.
International Applicant Admissions Criteria
The following international applicants are eligible for the degree:
1. Graduates from international academic institutions equivalent to U.S. secondary school education and who meet language standards established by the College
2. Transfer students from international academic institutions equivalent to U.S. post-secondary school education and who meet language standards established by the College
For applicants from international institutions, evidence of completion of their education must be submitted with an official English translation and an evaluation of credentials by an accredited evaluation service approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
International applicants whose native language is not English and who have completed less than thirty credits at an English language college or university must provide the official record of the scores for ONE of the following exams:
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
– The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test or 60 on the computer-based test.
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
– The minimum acceptable score is 5.5.
CARICOM Applicant Admissions Criteria
All applicants from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries must have earned a high school diploma, 5th-form diploma or its equivalent, and most will have a GPA of at least 3.0. The applicant should also have General or Technical CXC scores of 1 or 2 in four of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and/or Biology (a score of 3 is allowed for one subject). SAT and ACT scores from CARICOM applicants are not required.
To receive this degree, students must:
• Pass 141 credit hours of combined undergraduate and basic science courses (80 must be basic sciences).
• Maintain a 2.00 (C) grade point average in all course work and a 2.00 (C) in all major course work attempted.
• Complete a minimum of 60 credits of undergraduate work.
• Complete four semesters of Basic Science coursework at AUA College of Medicine.
• Complete the General Education Requirement.
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