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The University of the West Indies

at Mona, Jamaica

Academic Programmes
  Faculty of Medical Sciences- Mona Campus, Jamaica
Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery Advanced Nursing Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy


Academic Requirements:
The minimum requirements for admission to the Faculty are the candidates' performance and attainments in subjects listed below in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) / GCE A' Level.

Scheme A - Passes in tow units of Biology/Zoology, Chemistry, Physics or the GCE A' Level equivalent. CXC General / GCE O' Level Physics is required.

Scheme B - Passes in two units of Biology/Zoology, Chemistry, Mathematics or the GCE A' Level equivalent. CXC General / GCE O' Level Physics are required.

Scheme C - Passes in both units of Biology/Zoology, Chemistry or their GCE A' Level equivalent and one other two-unit CAPE or GCE A' Level subject. Passes in CXC General/GCE O' Level Mathematics and Physics are required.

The Minimum academic standard for entry is the aggregate of grades 1 and 2s in the three 2-unit subjects at CAPE or the GCE A' Level equivalent.
N.B.: Physics and Mathematics are compulsory at least at the CXC level, whereas Biology and Chemistry are compulsory at the advanced level.

Transfer applicants to Medical Sciences from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences of the UWI may be considered on completion of the Preliminary and/or Introductory years of the programme. All such applicants must complete and submit a Transfer Form (only) by the second Friday in January in the year of application.

Persons holding UWI first degree from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences with a minimum of lower second -class honours may be considered for entry.

Persons holding degrees from Universities other than the UWI will also be considered provided that:

The University which granted the degree is recognized as competitive.
Credits have been obtained in Biology / Zoology and Chemistry
A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or its equivalent has been obtained.
NON-ACADEMIC CONSIDERATIONS: All candidates are required to submit a short (300 words or less) autobiographic sketch outlining the reasons for their career choice.

Candidates must produce evidence of their involvement in relevant extra-curricular / co-curricular activities in socially oriented projects and voluntary community service in the year prior to application.

Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences The Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences offers Majors in the following disciplines: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology.

AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of admission.


A. i) Gce O’Levels (Grades A to C)/CXC(CSEC) General Proficiency Level (Grades I & II) pre 1998; Grades I to III from 1998) in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

ii) GCE A'Levels/Cape (2 Unites per subject): a minimum of two subjects chosen from Chemistry, Biology/Zoology, Physics/Mathematics. OR

UWI Preliminary Pure and Applied Science Course (N1): Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physics, Mathematics.

B. Equivalent qualifications (as determined form transcripts) to those above.

C. A limited number of mature students (= 21 years) with the GCE O'Level/CXC(CSEC) requirements stated above (i) and relevant work experience in a research/medical laboratory.

NB: Students registered in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Programme cannot transfer to the MBBS programme. However on completion can apply to the MBBS programme where credits may be granted.

Bachelor Science Post RN (B.Sc. Post RN)


Subjects at CXC General/GCE O'Level
Compulsory - English Language, Chemistry

Basic Professional Training
Bachelor of Science in Generic Nursing The programme is offered through the Brown's Town Community College and is offered over a four year period.


Five CXC(CSEC) General proficiency (Grades I-III) subjects or GCE O'Level inclusive of English Language, Biology/Integrated Science, Mathematics/Accounts and two other approved subjects.
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is an allied health profession, concerned with health promotion, prevention of physical disabilities and the rehabilitation of persons disabled by pain, disease or injury.


Five (5) CXC(CSEC) General Proficiency (Grades (I-III) or GCE subjects.
Compulsory - English Language, Mathematics.
Any two 2-unit CAPE, or two GCE Advanced Level, Passes from the following list of subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology.
Applicants to the Physical Therapy programme are further require to:

Be at 18 years old at the time of admission
Complete sixty (60) voluntary hours in a Physical Therapy department at the time of admission to the Programme. At least thirty (30) of these hours must be spent in an acute general hospital. Candidates must make their own arrangements for doing voluntary hours.
Submit to a personal interview.

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