Are you a Nigerian Student looking for a Medical Study Program in the USA?
Coming to the United States to study medicine can be a big task in terms of time, fees and intellectual effort. The admission criteria are very rigorous and education is very intensive. Unlike studying Medicine in Europe, medical programs in the U.S.A. generally begins after the completion of four years of undergraduate study which includes meeting the pre-medical school course requirements, along with obtaining a bachelor’s (B.A.) degree in any subject.
University medical study in USA is a 4 year course divided into two roughly equal components: pre-clinical and clinical. This program leads to Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), depending on the medical school. Both degrees allow the holder to practice medicine after completing an accredited residency program. The main prerequisite is to have a bachelor degree in biology, chemistry or other field relevant to medicine
Nigerian students who want to enroll for a medical study program in the U.S.A must have the following:
- Undergraduate academic record (Bachelor degree),
- Scores on the MCAT,
- Extracurricular activities,
- Letters of recommendation,
- Personal qualities and
- Commitment to medicine.
Most medical schools allow international students to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) if they are pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) if they are pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
One of the reasons we recommend a medical study program in U.S.A for Nigerian students is the fact that students can be guaranteed of quality education. Of course, there are adequate facilities available for studies and research.
Tuition fees to study medicine in USA
Studying medicine in USA is among the most expensive in the world. Taking in account that there is no financial aid available for international students, prospective student candidate must prove that he has around 25,000$ per year. Also, most of medical university schools that accept international students are private and annually tuition fee is around 40,000$,Tuition fees for Public and private medical university schools in USA 10 approximately 10 years ago can up to 35,000 and 50,000$ per year.
Alternative to Studying Medicine in USA
Most medical schools in USA are extremely expensive and the admission is extremely challenging. Most of that, some public medical schools in USA do not have seats for international medical students and the acceptance rate for USA resident students do not exceed 50%.
As alternative, most USA students and International students go for medical university schools abroad. Among most popular university schools abroad, they are medical university schools in East Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Check, Ukraine, and Russia etc.), Caribbean, China, Italy and Malta and Germany. Most of schools of Medicine in these countries are very cheap, easy to get in, programs are offered in English.