Gateway Medical Program

Medical University of the Americas offers a Gateway Medical Program (GMP) on its Nevis campus that is specifically designed to bolster student’s pre-medical coursework and help ensure a smooth transition into the Doctor of Medicine program. GMP students work with the same faculty and in the same facilities as our medical students. The program is designed to provide students with: exposure to critical elements of the Basic Sciences; assimilation to medical school life; and an introduction to the study skills and habits necessary to succeed in medical school. In fact, graduates of the GMP are often among the top graduates of MUA’s medical program.

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Key Facts

Duration: 1 Semester

Tuition: $8,750

Location: Nevis, West Indies

Curriculum: Clinical Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Principles of Medicine 

What is the gateway program: A specifically designed program to bolster student’s pre-medical coursework and help ensure a smooth transition into the Doctor of Medicine program

Curriculum Overview

The Gateway Medical Program is a comprehensive, one-semester program that is comprised of the following courses. An incoming GMP class includes approximately 25-30 students, and students may enter in the September, January or May semester.

Clinical Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course where students will acquire a basic knowledge of both the gross structure and functional anatomy of organs and systems of the adult human body and how these relate to clinical disease. Concurrent with lecture and small group work, students participate in laboratory sessions and study a variety of imaging techniques (including X-rays, CT, and MRI scans). Emphasis is on the identification of normal gross structures with lectures and demonstrations to illustrate clinically relevant normal and abnormal findings. The classroom lectures, small group session, and laboratory sessions are integrated with Medical Physiology to provide a sound foundation for understanding human structure and function.

Cell and Molecular Biology

In this course, students will gain an understanding of cellular functions as they relate to medicine. These concepts are central to understanding how the human body functions and in disease states, how these functions are compromised. Topics include: macromolecular function and regulation, mechanisms of gene expression and inheritance, cell structure and function and diagnostic biotechnology. This course will serve as a strong foundation upon which to build more detailed information necessary as a component of the knowledge required to pursue a career in medicine.

Medical Physiology

During this course students learn the normal functions and regulation of cells, organs and organ systems and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis—with emphasis on clinically relevant concepts. Lectures cover the neural and humoral homeostatic mechanisms and understanding of the physiology of muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, gastrointestinal and renal systems. In addition, the pathophysiology of selected disease states are also explored. Students get a chance to experience what they have learned in the laboratory component of this course. The classroom lectures, small group session, and laboratory sessions are integrated with Clinical Anatomy to provide a sound foundation for understanding human structure and function.

Principles of Medicine

This course consists of two integrated components: advanced learning methods; and medical terminology. Advanced learning methods will help students preparing to enter medical school develop the study, learning, and test-taking skills they will need to successfully deal with the volume and complexity of information involved in the medical school curriculum. Medical terminology prepares pre-medical students for the complex language of medicine. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary for accurately describing the human body and associated components, conditions, and processes in a scientific manner. This course will also help students understand unfamiliar medical terms and appreciate their clinical applications.

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Find out about admissions

Discover next steps, how to apply, the entry requirements along with the technical standards. 

Generally, in order to apply for the Basic Sciences program, you will need to have:

• Pre-medical coursework 
• Taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
• Proof of proficiency in English language

The gateway program is designed to help you meet the entry requirements of the Basic Sciences program. 

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Find out about tuition and fees

Learn about our tuition and fees, requirements for financial loans and scholarship options available at MUA. 

The Gateway Medical Program costs $8,750 for the semester - fees effective September 2020 Semester onwards.

Please view our admissions and financial information pages for more information.

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Our students are taught in state-of-the-art learning facilities. Facilities include:

  • Laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls and patient examination rooms
  • An equipped Clinical Skills Training Center
  • A modern Gross Anatomy laboratory with cadavers
  • Equipped medical library
  • Test center for simulating the test conditions of the USMLE Step 1
  • Wireless capability throughout the campus
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