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General Information

  • Location: Saint Lucia, Caribbean
  • Pre-med: $1,500/semester
  • Pre-clinical: $4,650/semester
  • Clinical Rotations: $6,500/semester
  • Time required for MD Program : 4 Years and 5.5 Years
  • Scholarship: **up to 50% (Saint Lucia)
  • Email: Email AIMU
  • Survey: AIMU Review

A Brief History of the Saint Lucia

Flag of Saint LuciaThe island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. Read more...

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About Us

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY is an independent affiliate of AIM-U International Group, serving in the areas of health care training and teaching. AIM-U has developed a dynamic working affiliation and partnership with renowned organizations such as Washington Adventist University (WAU), one of the oldest educational institutions in the Nation’s capital under the Seventh Day Adventist Group.

The above association aims at excellence in offering the supportive programs of AIM-U. AIM-U is committed to provide high quality medical education. AIM-U continues to contribute towards this endeavor with high caliber qualified medical and nursing graduates.

AIM-U is one of the new generation medical schools and is working towards the vision of "Brings Health Care Innovation To Serve Humanity”. AIM-U’s primary focus is always on the intellectual development of the students to prepare them for excellent career prospects. AIM-U works closely with the Government of Saint Lucia and also with its affiliates /associates in USA. AIM-U University has a charter which is recognized by the Government of Saint Lucia, the ECFMG (listed with FAIMER’s IMED) and the World Health Organization.

The school curriculum and academic programs are prepared and monitored by Members / Specialists of Medical Councils, including Medical School Accreditation Approval and Monitoring Committee, ECFMG, and Medical Council of India. AIM-U's unique medical education programs are based on instruction methods that have proved successful with USMLE. These programs have been developed and are frequently updated by distinguished medical professionals.

This enables the student to acquire sound and updated medical knowledge and to effectively apply them in practice as knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate and successful physicians.

American International Medical University is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Labour Relations, Government of Saint Lucia and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The working entity is incorporated under the laws of Saint Lucia. Primary functions of this organization include medical and nursing education, research and executive training programs. The Ministry allows the above entity to provide 4 year and 5.5 Year MD programs for national and international students. After successful completion of MD program, AIM-U students can practice medicine in Saint Lucia, USA and also internationally with the approval of respective licensing authorities.

Why AIM-U?

There are many reasons to choose AIMU as your medical school. Primarily, AIM-U is a new generation medical university recognized as per the norms of ECFMG, USA and it supports programs that are offered at WAU campus, which is centrally located near Washington D.C. The School of Medicine is located in Saint Lucia which according to World Bank report, is the ninth largest contributor of Internationl. Medical Graduates (IMG’s) to US practice. The other reasons are:

  • We offer a fast track program that enables you to work as a physician in a hospital in less than 4 years.
  • We offer a quality education at reasonable prices.
  • You will be able to study on the island paradise of Saint Lucia - the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean.
  • Saint Lucia is one of the leading countries that supplies internationally trained medical graduates to the United States.
  • AIM-U has a joint degree program with Washington Adventist University allowing for better employment opportunities.
  • AIM-U students have the option of taking their 5th semester classes in the United States at Washington Adventist University.
  • AIM-U premed student can take their premed classes at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA.
  • AIMU WAU premed students have a guaranteed spot in the AIM-U medical school upon completion of the pre-med program.
  • AIM-U considers all seriously motivated students for admission.
  • AIM-U graduates can practice in the United States, Canada, India and the Caricomm countries.
  • OECS regional schools contribute more than 70% of the International Medical Graduates (IMG’S) to USA. Refer World Bank Report 2006).
  • AIM-U is offering unique Dual / Joint degree programs in partnership with WAU.
  • The University is managed by well experienced and distinguished professionals in the field of medical education.
  • AIM-U considers bright and highly motivated students regardless of their economic, social status by providing fellowships & scholarships.
  • Curriculum is prepared and monitored by experts of ECFMG, GMC, Medical Council of India and Medical School Accreditation, Approval and Monitoring Committee.
  • Institutional guaranteed student loans available through Harvest Bank of Maryland .
  • AIM-U school of Medicine is located in a highly secure, very friendly and serene environment in Saint Lucia.
  • AIM-U enter into the Inter-Institutional partnership with leading organizations such as UNESCO – WPC South Asia for inter institutional projects.
  • Successful medical graduates are eligible for licensing process in USA, Canada and other countries.

Academic Programs

Degree Programs
AIMU offers a unique program that enables you to practice as a physician in the United States. The first 5 semesters are done in Saint Lucia. There is an option for 5th semester in Takoma Park, Maryland. Once the basic science portion has been completed the student is eligible to take Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam. Following successful completion of the USMLE Step 1, the student is allowed to continue his education in any of the affiliated hospitals in the United States. Following completion of 72 weeks of clinical rotations, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree. Following completion of Step 2 CK and CS the new physician is eligible for residency in the United States.

MD Program - 4 years

  • Phase II Basic Medical Science in Saint Lucia
  • Phase III Clinical Rotations

MD Program - 5.5 years

  • Phase I Premedical Program at Washington Adventist University
  • Phase II Basic Medical Science in Saint Lucia
  • Phase III Clinical Rotations

Diploma Programs
a. Diploma in Ultrasound Technician
b. Diploma in Ultrasound Technician Specialist
c. Diploma in Dialysis Technician
d. Diploma in Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
e. Diploma in Forensic Medicine

Prehealth / Premedical Program

This program can be completed either at the campus in Saint Lucia or at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. At the WAU campus in Maryland students will spend 2 years in an intense preparation to meet the academic demands of medical school. In addition many states have licensing requirements as to undergraduate courses which must be taken. The mandatory premedical courses are offered at Washington Adventist University.

Basic Medical Science (Phase II)

Basic Medical Science: 5 Semesters

Clinical Sciences (Phase III)

Clinical Rotations
The clinical rotations are performed at hospitals in the United States and/or Saint Lucia. The clinical rotations program is conducted at ACGME affiliated clinical hospitals through the clinical administration office which is located in Maryland, near Washington D.C. (These clinical facilities are state of art teaching hospitals under green book category). These facilities provide the student with superior clinical exposure that will ensure better career options. To undergo the Clinical Clerkship Program in USA, a student should pass the USMLE Step I. Since USMLE Step I is the final board Examination for Basic Medical Science / Basic Medical Science Program, without USMLE step I no IMG's allowed for Clinical Rotation in USA.

Clinical Rotation Placement
AIM-U will make the necessary arrangements for its students to undergo clinical rotation in its ACGME affiliated Clinical Campus in USA under specified condition. The clinical program falls in the fourth and fifth year of medical education. The Clinical Rotation is provided at hospitals with specialized clinical facilities in the United States and in St Lucia where AIM-U has established formal affiliations.

Admission and Fees


Doctor of Medicine Degree
The following are prerequisites for entrance into the Doctor of Medicine programs. While not a prerequisite, AIMU strongly recommends that a Bachelor’s Degree is completed. 90 college credit hours are required for admission into the Doctor of Medicine program.

The following courses are required:

  1. 2 semesters (8 Hours) of General and/or Inorganic Chemistry, there must be a laboratory portion to this class.
  2. 2 semesters (8 Hours) of Organic Chemistry, there must be a laboratory portion to this class
  3. 2 semesters (8 hours) of Biology or Zoology
  4. 1 semester (4 hours) of physics
  5. 1 semester (3 hours) of English
  6. 1 semester (3 hours) Statistics or calculus

Pre-Health Science / Premed Program:
For those students who do not have the sufficient credit hours or prerequisite courses to enter either the Doctor of Medicine Program or the nursing program, AIMU has a Prehealth sciences course which offers the requisite courses for entry into either the ADN program or the M.D. program. The Prehealth sciences portion.

Transfer Applicants
Students who are currently enrolled or who have been previously enrolled in a medical school which is approved by the WHO, NBME or other similar accredited or recognized body may apply to AIM-U with advanced standing. Transfer applicants must have their transcripts submitted directly to the AIMU admissions office from the registrar of every school that they attended. USMLE results for each attempt and Step must be submitted to the school. Upon evaluation of the transcripts the transfer student will be placed into the appropriate level.

Students who are deficient in the premedical classes must complete the premedical classes before continuing with the M.D. Program

Nursing Program
For admission into the nursing program:

  • Applicants from the United States must have a high school diploma, GED or HSED
  • Caribbean applicants must have a high school diploma
  • Caribbean applicants having completed A level work will be evaluated individually for advance standing.

Nursing School Transfers:
Students who have been enrolled or are currently enrolled in another nursing program or prehealth science program at another accredited or officially recognized college or university may apply for advance standing into the nursing program. Students must have their transcripts submitted directly to the admissions office. The nursing student will be given proper credit toward graduation and standing in accordance with the quality and amount of courses successfully passed.

Foreigners and Graduates of International Colleges and Universities.
Applicants to the programs at AIMU-WAU who have been educated in countries with a different education system must provide the following:

  • An evaluation of the post-secondary course work which is completed outside the of the United States of America by World Education Services or agencies approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • A notarized translation into English of the original transcripts attached to the original transcripts.
  • Results of the TOEFL examination, the score must be 550 or above

Admission Process
AIMU-WAU is dedicated to seeing that all qualified candidates who are interested in a career in medicine or nursing have the opportunity to study at either campus. Unlike other programs we have made our application and matriculation process as simple as possible. The admission process comprises of the following easy steps.


There are two ways to get the application packet.

  • Download it from our website AIMU
  • Call our admissions office at AIMU


1. The application form must be completed and signed
2. A check for $100,00 US dollars must be included
3. A personal statement as to your goals and outlooks no longer than 1000 words
4. Five (5) passport size photographs, one must be attached to the application
5. Two letters of recommendation, from teachers, medical professionals or employers
6. Transcripts from your high school, college and graduate schools must be sent directly from the school to the admissions office.
7. Photocopies of all relevant diplomas, certificates and awards.
8. It is recommended but not required that results of any tests you may have taken be sent to us including the MCAT, SAT, ACT, PSAT, etc, These are not required but will help the admissions staff to make a decision better if you have them.
9. Mail the documents to: AIM-U School of Medicine Saint Lucia

Step 3 Matriculation
As soon as your file is completed the admissions committee will meet to discuss your admission to the university. An interview will then be scheduled with the admissions committee. The interview may be conducted in person, over telephone or via video conference. Successful candidates will be notified and need to make the payment irrespective of the campus selected - AIMU-WAU Maryland-USA and AIM-U Saint Lucia. Please refer fee structure. All the successful candidates will receive a package from the school which needs to be completed prior to matriculation into the school.

In order to begin classes the student must:

1. Complete the housing application
2. Payment of the first semester’s tuition
3. Send a copy of your passport
4. Proof and guarantee of your ability to pay for the subsequent three semesters of educatio

STEP4 Saint Lucia / Washington Maryland
1. All students must travel with valid passport.
2. Citizens of the United States and Canada do not need a visa to enter Saint Lucia
3. Students from countries other than the US/Canada need a student visa to enter Saint Lucia this process takes about 40 days to complete.

All information about student visas can be obtained at AIMU


Tuition (All fees are quoted in US Dollars)

MD (Degree) International
(including US and Canada)
Saint Lucia**
(**up to 50% scholarship)
Pre Health 2-4 semesters
3,500.00 4,000.00
Pre Clinical (I to IV) 4 semesters
3,750.00 4,500.00
Pre Clinical (V) 1 semester
4,000.00 5,000.00
Clinical Rotation* 5 semesters
4,250.00* (in Saint Lucia) 5,000.00 (in Saint Lucia)
RN/BSN (Degree) 8,500/semester
(in WAU)
ADN (Diploma) 6 trimesters
3,225.00 4,000.00
CERTIFICATE (Technician) 2,500.00 / trimester 2,500.00

** 1. Students who secured 90% overall academic performance from Pre Health to MED V included will be granted a 50% scholarship.

2. In event of withdrawal, students on scholarship will loose their scholarship benefits and will be required to pay full fees in order to be eligible to receive course completion and final official transcript.

Other Fees (one time fees)

US / Canada
Saint Lucia & Caribbean
Saint Lucia & Caribbean
Application fee 100.00 100.00 75.00 50.00
Enrolment fee 6,500.00 1,200.00 1,000.00 750.00
Registration fee 175.00 175.00 100.00 50.00
1,000.00 500.00 250.00 250.00
Graduation fee A graduation fee of US $500 will be required to be paid at the time of graduation.
Graduation gowns will be a the expense of graduating students.

Per Semester Fees

US / Canada
Saint Lucia & Caribbean
Saint Lucia & Caribbean
Administrative fee 125.00 125.00 100.00 75.00
Registration fee 125.00 125.00 100.00 75.00
Lab fee 250.00 250.00 175.00 150.00
Library fee 150.00 150.00 100.00 75.00
Exam fees 75.00 75.00 75.00 75.00

- All fees must be paid before the beginning of classes.

- Supplemental exams fee will be additional.

- All students will be required to obtain Medical Insurance.

- Upon Enrolment (agreement duly signed), students must purchase a diagnostic kit (for medical students) or a nursing kit (for nursing students). These kits will include:

Medical– 2 sets of lab coats, 1 set of scrubs, stethoscope, spirometer, thermomether (mercury), measuring tape, tongue depressor, diagnostic kit (hammer, ostoscope, ophtalmoscope and torch) and glucometer set.

Nursing– 1 lab coat, 1set of scrubs, blood pressure kit (aneroid or mercury), thermometer (mercury), measuring tape, glucometer set.

STUDENTS WILL BEAR THE COST OF THE DIAGNOSTIC AND NURSING KITS and will be responsible to keep these kits updated (refill whenever necessary) at all times.

Further Information

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