Ross Medical School

Official Name: Ross University School of Medicine

Unofficial Name: Ross Medical School

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Medicine

Basic Sciences Location: Portsmouth, Dominica and Freeport, Grand Bahama

Clinical Clerkships Location: Miami, FL and Saginaw, MI

Contact Address:

Ross University School of Medicine

Admissions Department

630 US Highway 1

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Telephone: 877-ROSS-EDU


Ross Medical School Academic Year

The school year is divided into three academic semesters each calendar year, allowing students to enroll in any of the semesters without having to wait for a new academic year.
  • Fall term: September-December
  • Spring term: January-April
  • Summer term: May-August

Basic Sciences Curriculum

At Ross University School of Medicine you will live on the island of Dominica and complete your semesters 1 to 4 of Basic Sciences curriculum at the Portsmouth campus.

The curriculum is integrated so that multiple courses can address both the micro-function and structure involved in the processes of health and disease. A case-based educational approach is central to your Ross Medical School education allowing you to become familiar with the clinical thinking involved in the practice of medicine.

Semester 1 and 2 Courses:

  • Developmental and Microscopic Anatomy I & II
  • Biochemistry and Genetics I & II
  • Doctor, Patient, & Society I & II
  • Neuroscience
  • Gross Anatomy I & II
  • Medical Physiology I & II
Semester 3 and 4 Courses:
  • Microbiology & Immunology I & II
  • Pathology I: General
  • Pathology II: Systematic & Clinical
  • Medical Pharmacology I & II
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Case Studies in Normal Mechanisms
  • History of Medicine I
  • Case Studies in Mechanisms of Disease
  • History of Medicine II
  • Case Studies in Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Global Health Issues
  • Pathophysiology of Clinical Diseases
  • Supplementary Problem Based Learning

Clinical Sciences Curriculum

Your clinical studies begin during the fifth semester in Miami, Florida.

Semester 5 is a 12-week course called, “Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine” where you will be prepared to make a successful transition from the basic sciences to your clinical rotations by placing an emphasis on patient contact in U.S. clinical facilities.

USMLE Step 1: After completing Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine but before beginning your clinical rotations you will take Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

Semesters 6-10 Can only begin after passing the USMLE Step 1 where you will start your clinical clerkships (rotations). There are 48 weeks of required clinical core clerkships and 30 weeks of electives. Required clinical core clerkships are:

  • Medicine - 12 weeks
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology - 6 weeks
  • Pediatrics - 6 weeks
  • Psychiatry - 6 weeks
  • Surgery - 12 weeks
  • Family Medicine - 6 weeks
  • Electives
  • Research Electives


After completing your 48 weeks or required clinical core clerkships you will take USMLE Step 2: Clinical Skills and Clinical Knowledge. You are required to record a passing score for graduation.

USMLE Step 3 is taken after you graduate from medical school either during or after your residency. 

Financing Your Ross University Medical School Education

Tuition and fees at Ross Medical School are determined on a semester basis and have a range of a low of $14,965 to a high of $16,640 per semester.

The United States Department of Education has certified Ross Medical School as eligible for Title IV U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) loans, meaning if you qualify you are eligible to receive U.S. student loans in-order to attend Ross University School of Medicine.


The United States Department of Education has found the accreditation standards used by the Dominica Medical Board to evaluate Ross University School of Medicine to be comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to evaluate U.S. medical schools.

Ross Medical School is one of a few international medical schools that received approval from the four states in the U.S.:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York

that have their own practice for evaluating, accrediting, and approving an international medical school’s academic program for either licensing its graduates and/or clinical and residency training in those states.

Ross University Medical School Admissions

To be considered for admission to the School of Medicine, the committee will assess:
  • Cumulative GPA
  • GPA in pre-med coursework
  • Undergraduate school and curriculum
  • Performance in advanced Biology & Chemistry courses
  • MCAT exam
  • Graduate work and records
  • Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 academic)
  • Personal essay
  • Work history and extracurricular activities
  • Personal Interview (qualified applicants only)

Premed Requirements

Ross University requires at least 90 credits of college coursework but you are strongly encouraged to have a baccalaureate (undergrad) degree before entering medical school.

The pre-requisites include:

  • Inorganic or General Chemistry w/Lab (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab (8 hours)
  • General Biology or Zoology w/Lab (8 hours)
  • Physics w/lab (8 hours)
  • College Mathematics - preferably Calculus or Statistics (3 hours)
  • English (6 hours)

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