International University of Health Sciences, Saint Kitts

International University of the Health Sciences (IUHS) is an offshore private medical school located in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.  It opened in 1998 with headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and its campus located in Basseterre. The school is accredited by the government of St. Kitts & Nevis, listed in the World Health Organisation (WHO) World directory of medical schools.

Programs are open to both Kittian/Nevisian and foreign students and both MBBS and Doctor of Medicine degrees are available.

For students who have not attained the prerequisite undergraduate degree for entrance to medical school, the school offers an MBBS track which provides students with 90 credit hours of basic medical curriculum including Biology with lab, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry with lab, Mathematics and Physics.  Because criteria vary from nation to nation, students who have earned college level credit previously, should submit those credits for review at application to confirm their applicability to IUHS’s academic requirements.

The school curriculum is based upon the US model, requiring four years of study including both Medical Science Program of study followed by clinical practicum. Completion of the coursework results in a Doctor of Medicine degree.

The International University of the Health Sciences was chartered and licensed in Saint Kitts and Nevis and approved by the country’s accreditation process. It is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED) effective in 1998.  By virtue of its listing in IMED, students graduating from IUHS are authorized to take part in the United States Medical Licensing Examination three-part examinations. Those who pass the examinations are eligible according to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to register for and participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

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