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Medical University of the Americas Information Regarding Fall 2021 Semester

Medical University of the Americas ("MUA") is excited to welcome all students back to the MUA campus for the Fall 2021 semester. For those who can and wish to return to the campus, the campus is open and we encourage all students who are able to do so to return for the Fall 2021 semester.  For those who are unable to return virtual learning will also be an option for all or part of the Fall 2021 semester.   

The below addresses questions you may have in more detail. Additionally, consistent with the school's priority of protecting the health of our community, including the St. Kitts-Nevis community, vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. Given the logistics of vaccination and travelling to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis (St. Kitts-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 St. Kitts-Nevis is often limited at the start of a school term. Below is additional information regarding the return to Nevis for the Fall 2021 semester. If you have any additional questions, please contact returning-students@mua.edu. In addition, the latest information brochure from the government regarding travel to St. Kitts-Nevis is available here. It is very well done and we recommend you read it thoroughly. 

CAMPUS VS ONLINE

Will the Fall semester start in person or online?

All students will be welcomed back to in-person learning on campus on Nevis for the Fall term. For those who can and wish to return to the campus, the campus is open and we encourage all students who are able to do so to return for the Fall 2021 semester.  For those who are unable to return virtual learning will also be an option for all or part of the Fall 2021 semester.   

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. We urge all students who have an opportunity to get fully vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. We remain committed to providing you with all the resources and support needed to be successful.  

Will virtual learning be an option?

While our expectation is that all students will eventually return to campus, we also recognize that the pandemic, travel, and vaccination delivery is an evolving situation. Although our goal is to return all students to in-person learning as quickly as possible, online education will also be available for the Fall semester. MUA remains committed to helping all our students to continue to make academic progress and recognizes that certain issues are beyond the control of students.  

If I have to remain virtual for the Fall 2021 semester, how will it be different from the usual in-person program?

MUA will continue to provide all of our new and returning students with the best learning experience possible. Whether on-campus or online, we are committed to providing you with the resources and support you will need and delivering the same level of education that has led to strong outcomes for the past 20+ years, such as performing well on the USMLE and excellence in postgraduate residency attainment. We have developed an engaging distance learning curriculum with live courses and personalized academic support to provide students with the tools and resources needed to succeed.  

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 for access to campus?

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 done prior to booking any travel.  

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.  

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 has waived the requirement to submit MCAT scores for all students for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who have taken the test, however, are still encouraged to submit their MCAT scores.  

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. 

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