Yes. St. Matthew's University graduates are eligible to practice medicine in the United States once they pass the requisite licensing examinations. More than a thousand of our graduates are licensed and practicing or in residency in the United States.
The accrediting body for St Matthew's University is the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). The United States Department of Education recognizes the ACCM as using accrediting standards similar to the accrediting body for medical schools in the United States.
St. Matthew's University is one of only a small number of non-U.S. medical schools to be approved in both New York and Florida. The Government of the Cayman Islands, British West Indies has fully chartered St. Matthew's University.
We have a Fall semester, culminating prior to the middle of December, a Spring semester that ends in mid April and a Summer Semester which ends in mid August. There are approximately two to three weeks for students to have a break between semesters.
The program consists of ten semesters. The first five semesters of Basic Science courses are taught on the island of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Medical students then complete their clinical rotations at one of more than 100 affiliated hospitals in the U.S., Canada, or United Kingdom.
Admitted students from the United States are to submit their test results prior to enrolling into St. Matthew's University. St. Matthew's University Admissions committee will use MCAT scores to assist in the admissions decision, but does not base decisions solely on MCAT scores. There is no minimum score below which an application is automatically rejected.
St. Matthew's MCAT code is 919.
If using the MCAT (THx) system, please use the school name. MCAT scores should be submitted to the Admissions Office in Orlando, Florida.
Once we have received your completed application and a personal interview has been conducted, the admissions decision is typically made within 3-5 business days for students applying for enrollment in the subsequent semester.
If you are missing only one pre-requisite course, or you are in the process of completing coursework, you may apply now. Simply indicate the course(s) in-progress upon submission of your application. This will be taken into consideration while reviewing your application.
Often, if the remainder of the application (overall academic performance, recommendation letters, personal interview, etc.) is acceptable, the student is admitted and his or her file is placed on "Academic Hold" until he or she has submitted the grade(s) for the missing coursework. The student, although admitted, is not permitted to enroll in St. Matthew's University courses until all coursework requirements are fulfilled.
If you have additional questions, contact an Admissions Counselor, toll-free at 800.498.9700.
Students with academic transcripts from outside the United States and Canada must have them evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an evaluation service such as World Evaluation Services (www.wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.(www.jsilny.com) or a service that is a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member (www.naces.org).
St. Matthew's University is not affiliated with the AMCAS application process. However, you can email or fax the AMCAS application in lieu of our online application.
If you are invited for an interview, it is likely that you are being strongly considered for admission. However, an interview is not a guarantee of admission.
Each semester, the University reviews applications and awards the following Scholarships:
Short-term counseling, crisis counseling and general counseling relating to academic difficulties are available. If longer-term counseling and support is required, referrals can be made to professionals in the community. Academic counseling, including test-taking skills, time management skills and study skills are available through the Center for Learning Enhancement.
20% of our students are from Canada and around 5% are from Europe. Over 40 countries are represented in our student body.
For further information regarding primary schools, contact the Cayman Island Ministry of Education.
Children range in age from infants to late adolescents. The Cayman Islands can issue a visa which permits companions to work and reside in The Cayman Islands. There is plenty of housing available for couples and families, both close to campus and more centrally located in Georgetown.
An import permit or valid animal passport issued by the Department of Agriculture and an official health certificate issued by a government employed or accredited veterinary inspector in the country of origin is required for the importation of dogs and cats.
New students arriving on the island live in the St. Matthew's University Residence Hall or Residence Suites for at least one semester, and are welcome to stay as many semesters as they wish. This arrangement makes your arrival in and transition to living in another country smooth and comfortable. Single and double rooms are available.
Seafood from all countries may be imported, but anything in excess of 20lbs must be accompanied with a Certificate of Wholesomeness, which can only be obtained by a prior application for an Import Permit from the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. Small quantities of meats (up to 25lbs.) can be brought in by passengers in their luggage as long as the meat is from an approved country (see below) and is pre-wrapped under a brand name and has the Official Seal of Inspection of the country's Meat Inspection Authority.