The Central America Health Sciences University (CAHSU),

Belize Medical College was founded in 1996. The University is located in Belize City, Belize. Previously known as British Honduras, Belize lies on the east coast of Central America in the heart of the Caribbean Basin. The country borders Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and is flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east. Belize offers beaches and a semi tropical climate. It is a small, politically stable Commonwealth country with English as its official language. The University's location in Belize City allows easy access to the United States, Central and South America and Mexico.

Central America Health Sciences University is a medical school with a curriculum patterned after US medical programs. The University ensures its students receive a well-rounded education, allowing them to develop into skilled and responsible physicians well equipped to enter into the competitive job market upon graduation.

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CAHSU Mission

The mission of Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College is to promote the health of all peoples through education and public service. The aim of our curriculum is to facilitate students to develop a thorough understanding of normal health and an intricate knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, psychological, and social factors which may undermine it.

The medical program includes the study of the human body and its structure as well as the function and coordination of its major systems. Lectures, conferences and laboratory exercises form a substantial part of the course of study. The curriculum is continuously evaluated and revised by the Medical Education Committee in order to keep abreast with the latest advances including those related to health promotion and management.

On completion of the programs in the basic sciences, students are provided with the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the clinical setting by rotating through the various medical disciplines at the University's affiliated hospitals, located in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Belize.

Recognition & Accreditation

The University is chartered by the Government of Belize and is approved by the Ministry of Education in Belize. The Central America Health Sciences University is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The University is recognized by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for students to sit for the USMLE and to facilitate admission into a residency program in the United States. It is also recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom to allow students to sit on the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) and to facilitate admission into a residency program in the United Kingdom.

Courses offered, Admission Procedure with Fee structure

The University has a continuous program with three entering classes per year; January, May and September. The Central America Health Sciences University has rolling admissions and applications are processed as they arrive. You will be notified if you are accepted within a few weeks after you apply. Students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible; before the beginning of each term.

An appointed admissions committee reviews all applications. Applicants are not evaluated solely on academic merit. The standards for acceptance are defined by: undergraduate studies, academic records, demonstration of a high commitment to the medical field, as well as the originality and motivation of the student.

The Central America Health Sciences University welcomes male and female applicants of ethnic diversity. The Central America Health Sciences University encourages individuals from groups under-represented in the medical profession to apply. The Central America Health Sciences University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, national origin, veteran status or physical disability.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed not less than 90 undergraduate semester hours (or equivalent number of quarter hours). Applicants are not required to have earned a bachelor's degree, but an undergraduate degree from an American, Canadian or internationally accredited college or university is recommended.

The following courses must have been completed satisfactorily

Course Years
Biology (including lab) 1
General Chemistry (including lab) 1
Organic Chemistry (including lab) 1
Physics (including lab) 1
Math 1
English 1

Pre-medical Program

Applicants who do not meet the pre-medical requirements may be placed in The Central America Health Sciences University's pre-medical program until the pre-medical requirements have been completed. Upon completion of the pre-medical requirements, the student will be admitted into the medical program.

Required Documentation

  • A complete application form.
  • A $60.00 US application processing fee.
  • A personal statement detailing your reasons for pursuing a career in medicine.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from college professors of physicians.
  • Official transcripts from high school and each college, university or professional school attended.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Four (4) color photos (passport size).

Medical College Admissions Test

Candidates for admission are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants who have taken this exam may choose to send their MCAT scores for evaluation to the Admissions Committee. This option is left at the student's discretion. However, we encourage students to take this examination.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants enrolled in colleges with a pre-medical advisory system should request that the Chair of the Pre-medical Advisory Committee, pre-medical advisor, coordinator, or person in charge of advising send a letter of evaluation to The Central America Health Sciences University's Admissions Office.

Advanced Standing

Students enrolled in approved medical programs may apply for advanced standing admissions. The applicant must have all transcripts sent directly from the current program to the Admissions Office. Transfer credit is accepted only from students attending schools listed by the World Health Organization and who are in good academic standing. Admission is on a competitive basis. No specific number of spaces is set aside for advanced standing candidates.

The University does not grant any advanced standing credit for course work completed in related fields of Allied Health or from Chiropractic Studies. Applicants from fields such as dentistry or those who have completed the basic science courses as a graduate student, are considered for admission only to the first-year medical class, regardless of the degree held.

Acceptance of Applicants

The Admissions Office will contact the applicant approximately two weeks after receiving the application package. At this time, the applicant will also be informed of any supporting documents missing from the applicant's file. A personal interview may be requested at the discretion of the Dean of Admissions Committee.

Within four weeks of receiving the complete application file, the applicant will be mailed a decision notification. All applicants who have been accepted into the program will receive a letter of acceptance and an acknowledgement of admission. Students must submit a signed acknowledgement of admission within two weeks of acceptance. A $2,000 US one time matriculation fee must also be submitted along with the acknowledgement of admission. Tuition fees are due prior to the beginning of classes.

A limited number of scholarships and financial aid are given to those eligible.

Tuition & Fees

  • Application Fee: $60 US
  • Matriculation: $2,200 US
  • The matriculation fee is not credited towards the tuition.

Tuition per trimester

  • Basic Sciences $8,000
  • Clinical Sciences $ 8,000 in Mexico & Belize
  • Clinical Sciences $ 9,500 in US
  • Transcripts $30.00

A few select hospitals may require a surcharge. It will be at the student's discretion to choose that site and the student will be responsible for the surcharge. This fee may change with or without notification. All surcharges levied by the hospitals will be charged to the students.

Monthly Estimated Expenses

  • Books, room, board and miscellaneous expenses are approximately $700 US - $1,000 US.

Payment of Charges

All tuition charges are due and payable at registration unless arrangements for payment on a deferred payment plan are made with the Bursar Office before the date instruction begins as listed in the University calendar.

A carrying charge of $100 US will be assessed to students using the deferred payment plan.

Additional penalty charges may be assessed for failure to make payments when due.

It is solely the responsibility of the student to inform the Bursar's Office if the student anticipates a difficulty in meeting financial obligations.

The University reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to pay any debts when due to the University. Academic credit, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid. Students are prohibited from registering for a new trimester until all previous trimester accounts are paid in full, in good standing or in satisfactory status.

Refund Policy

The University currently follows the following refund policy that is subject to change
  • To obtain a full refund excluding the application fee, the claim must be submitted within three days from the date of payment to the University.
  • To obtain a full refund excluding the application fee, the claim must be must be submitted during or before the second week of classes.
  • No refund can be obtained after the second week of classes. In the event of there being a refund from any fees collected through student loans, the refund shall be sent directly to the amount lender.

Penalty Fees

A late registration or late payment fee of $150 US will be assessed if registration and payment or payment arrangements have not been completed by the end of the first week of classes.

Change in Fees

The University reserves the right to change the fee at any juncture.

Returned Checks

The University charges a bank fee of $100 US on all checks declined by a bank for any reason. If a second declined check has been received from a student, the University reserves the right to no longer accept that student's personal checks.

Eligibility criteria

Academic Requirements

A minimum grade of 75 on a scale of 100 is required in order for students to receive a passing grade. Once a student receives a grade based on the percentage of performance in a course, the student will have an assigned letter grade according to the following scale:

  • H - 90-100 (Honor)
  • P - 75-89 (Pass)
  • F - Less than 75 (Fail)
  • I - Incomplete
  • WP - Withdraw Passing
  • WF - Withdraw Failing
  • WA - Administrative Withdrawal
  • Z - Information not yet available
  • R - Repeat


Students are required to officially register for the courses they want to take with the office of the Dean before the last day of the first week of classes. Students who do not register will not receive a grade for the courses they attended.

Class Attendance

A registered student must have more than an 80% attendance record for all classes. If a registered student is absent for more than 20% of her/his classes, they will automatically receive a grade of WA regardless of their performance in the course.

Excused Absences

The Executive Dean and the Dean of Basic Sciences are authorized to grant excused absences. Excused absences are granted on an individual basis based on the student's petition.

Failed Classes

In the case of a failed course, a student may petition to take a comprehensive examination. The petition is to be submitted to the office of the Executive Dean. The Dean of Basic Sciences is also authorized to review and approve these petitions. However, in cases of any unusual circumstance, the Executive Dean becomes the sole authority to review, accept or reject any petitions for a comprehensive exam.

A second comprehensive exam is not allowed and any student who fails the comprehensive exam must repeat the course. Students who fail more than two courses will be placed on academic probation and must successfully complete the failed courses within the following trimester or they will be suspended from the program for one trimester. A recurrence may result in a permanent dismissal.

Program Changes

The University may make changes in program and student schedules without notice whenever circumstances warrant such changes and after the review of the Medical Education Committee.

Academic Counseling & Career Guidance

All medical students will have access to academic counseling and career guidance by the faculty and administration. Faculty and administration make it a priority to evaluate students in each course of study.

The Central America Health Sciences University encourages students to seek the advice of the counseling faculty. The University continuously evaluates every student's progress. Students faring poorly in any course will be assigned to a faculty member in order to assist the

Policy on Drugs & Proper Conduct

The University expects its students, as members of the academic community, to conduct themselves and their activities in accordance with the highest traditions of propriety. Emphasis is placed on honesty and integrity. The use, sale or distribution of any illegal drug is strictly prohibited. Any violation will ensure disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal from the University.

Dismissal from the University

The University reserves the right to dismiss or exclude any student from the University or from any class whenever it is found that such action would be in the best interest of the student body. Dismissals could be due to academic, financial or irregular conduct by the student.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University does not discriminate against any student regardless of race, sex, religion, age, color, disability or origin.

University Eligibility criteria for Indian Students
Central America Health Sciences University Indian Students should get 85% in PCB of12th. (70% PCB in ICSE/CBSE)


  • Affiliates with the hospitals and clinical centers
  • Follows curriculum patterned after other US medical courses
  • Builds job ready medical professionals
  • Encourages life-long, self- directed learning
  • Basic Sciences Curriculum and Clinical Sciences Curriculum courses
  • Well trained and highly qualified faculty members

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are Central America Health Sciences University’s headquarters?

Central America Health Sciences University’s headquarters are in PO Box 55996, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, 20040, United States.

What is Central America Health Sciences University’s SIC code?

Central America Health Sciences University’s SIC: 82, 8221.

What is Central America Health Sciences University’s NAICS code?

Central America Health Sciences University’s NAICS: 611310, 6113

What is Central America Health Sciences University’s industry?

Central America Health Sciences University is in the industry of: Colleges and Universities, Education.

What is Central America Health Sciences University's tech stack?

The technologies that are used by Central America Health Sciences University are: F5 BIG-IP Application Security Manager, F5 BIG-IP Platform, and Adobe Dreamweaver

Who is Central America Health Sciences University's CEO?

Central America Health Sciences University's CEO is Shermaine Cardenes