COVID-19

Spring (January) 2022 Semester

Medical University of the Americas Information

Medical University of the Americas ("MUA") is excited to welcome all students back to the Nevis campus for the Spring (January) 2022 semester.  All students in the basic science portion of the program should be on campus in time to attend the first day of classes in January, however we recognize that some students may require additional time to secure vaccination shots prior to the start of the January term and MUA will consider requests for exemption for students to continue with virtual learning for the Spring 2022 term.  Consistent with the school's priority of protecting the health of our community, including the Nevis community, vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. Given the logistics of vaccination, and traveling to Nevis (including government entry approval), students should plan their vaccinations immediately (if not already complete), and book their travel as soon as possible. Availability of flights to Nevis is often limited at the start of a school term. This will be especially true for this coming January semester due to the holidays. You may have to arrive on Nevis prior to the start of the term in order to be in classes at the start of the term.

Below is additional information regarding the return to Nevis for the Spring 2022 semester. If you have any additional questions, have any trouble arranging for flights or quarantine on Nevis, or wish to request an exemption for virtual learning for the Spring 2022 term, please contact returning-students@mua.edu.

Will the Spring 2022 semester start in person or online?

The Spring 2022 semester will start in-person, however as described above, students may apply for an exemption for virtual learning for this term.  Regardless of whether students attend in-person or virtually, attendance in-person and virtually will be taken from the first day of classes forward, and any absences will be recorded in accordance with the school's attendance policy.

Our priority is protecting your health, and that of the Nevis community, by preventing the spread of the disease. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Will virtual learning be an option?

Yes, virtual learning will be an option for basic science students whose exemption request is approved for the Spring 2022 term. 

COVID-19 AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

For the most up-to-date information regarding coronavirus in St. Kitts-Nevis and the actions being taken in accordance with the situation, please visit https://covid19.gov.kn/ 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?

Yes. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

What safety measures and protocols have been put in place on campus to prevent the spread of the virus?

The University has implemented the appropriate infection control public health measures to protect the University community on campus. While the University community will be vaccinated, we continue to encourage students, faculty and staff to follow safety guidelines as directed by the St. Kitts-Nevis government. MUA has been approved and is in compliance with the Statutory Rules and Orders (SRO's) enacted by the Federal Government. Every person must submit to temperature checks, wear a mask, use provided hand sanitizer and practice social distancing.  

The re-opening of St. Kitts-Nevis remains a phased approach and is continuously monitored by the Federal Government.  

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Government reserves the right to change any conditions when the circumstances require such.  

Does the student health insurance cover COVID treatment and testing?

Yes, COVID-19 medical treatment is covered and considered like any other medical treatment. COVID-19 testing is covered if deemed medically necessary (does not include testing required for travel). The MUA-sponsored health plan covers accident or illness as described in the student health insurance brochure.

Travel Requirements

What are the travel requirements for St. Kitts-Nevis? 

The St. Kitts-Nevis Government publishes guidelines for travel on their website https://www.stkittstourism.kn/travel-requirements. Students should visit this website for the most up-to-date information regarding travelling to St. Kitts-Nevis. Please familiarize yourself with all entry requirements before completing the entry form. This should be read prior to booking any travel and your travel should be booked before completing the form.  

I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Will I need to quarantine when I get to St. Kitts-Nevis?

Yes. Vaccinated individuals are required to quarantine upon entry into St. Kitts-Nevis at this point.  As of September 27, 2021 the quarantine period for vaccinated individuals is one (1) day and a COVID-19 test sample shall be taken after the quarantine.  Individuals are then released from quarantine upon receiving a negative RT-PCR test.

Are there quarantine sites on Nevis? 

Yes, multiple hotels are approved sites as well as Serenity Apartments. A complete list of hotels can be found at the St. Kitts-Nevis website https://www.stkittstourism.kn/. In addition, Serenity Apartments has units available near the campus. If you are interested in further information please contact the owner, Mr. Kevin Huggins at bookings@serenityapartmentsnevis.com or via cellphone/WhatsApp 1-869-662-7482).  

Application Process/Requirements

Will MUA admissions requirements/deadlines become more flexible or change as a result of COVID-19 disruptions? How will this impact my application review and decision on acceptance?

Our Admissions Committee has made a number of accommodations to provide extra flexibility to students affected by COVID-19. While there are no changes to our admission standards, the Admissions Committee understands that many external examinations have been canceled or postponed during this pandemic. We continue to monitor the changes and the availability of external test administrations and are prepared to offer conditional acceptances and to exercise reasonable flexibility in making admissions decisions.

Please contact your admissions officer or admissions@mua.edu for specific details.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been disruptions in the administration of the MCAT examination. Will MUA make any changes to the application requirements as a result of these disruptions?

While MUA requires the MCAT for US citizens, permanent residents and nationals, we understand that COVID-19 may have interfered with your ability to take the MCAT. As such, MUA will waive the MCAT score requirement for applicants to the Spring 2022 (January) term who are not able to secure a test date. Applicants who have an MCAT score, or a pending MCAT score, are required to submit their score(s) with their application.

If my undergraduate institution has switched to virtual learning during this pandemic, will that affect my admissibility?

We understand that the disruptions caused by the coronavirus may have changed the course of your education. Please be assured that your candidacy will not be negatively impacted by the fact that your labs/lectures were conducted virtually.

Thank you,
Medical University of the Americas

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