Health Science Center of the American International
University West Africa (AIUWA) is in Gambia, Fajara,
with its administration offices in the US.
After the endorsement of a charter by the Government
in August 2010 the AIU founded Health Science Center.
The medical school in Gambia is made up of five colleges
namely the College of Medicine, College of Nursing,
College of Dentistry, College of Health Professionals
and the College of Pharmacy. The Kairaba Avenue campus
began teaching classes at the end of January 2011 with
students from 14 nations being present in 2013.
Medical Degree Courses Offered in Gambia:
The American International University West Africa has
a medical course leading to a Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Degree. The curriculum is founded on the American Medical
Schools system and is a 6 year program. The curriculum
at the College of Pharmacy (Pharm D) is a 4 year program,
the course at the College of Dentistry is 4+ years,
the Health Professionals course MLT lasts for 2 years
and the program at the College of Nursing is 3 years
long. RN to BSN (Hons) Degree for Anaesthesia, Paediatrics,
Midwifery, Perioperative and Psychiatry are 2 year courses.
The Health Science Center / AIU enrolls students from
around the world as well as Gambians according to their
standard of educational attainment, aptitude in science
subjects, and overall grades in previous education and
non-curriculum activities. There are a number of minimum
qualifications that need to be met in order to qualify
for university admission in pre-med, pre-pharmacy and
pre-dental programs. These are:
• GCE "A"
Levels or equivalent examinations with lower scores
in science subjects
• GCE "O" Levels or
equivalent examinations with science subjects
Score 2.25 in Grade Point Average grading system
• High School Baccalaureate
Based on the qualifications and scores assessment by
the AIU Admissions Committee, the following types of
students might be eligible for a place in the upper
trimesters of pharmacy, medicine or dentistry courses:
• Students who have transferred from other higher
education institutions, based on their subjects and
• Students possessing Medical
College Admission (MCAT) Scores of 20 or more.
• Holders of GCE "A" Levels or equivalent
with top scores in science subjects, High School Baccalaureates
with high scores in science subjects.
who already have a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc)
Notes on Admissions:
• On their website you
can apply for a university admission online.
• Applications for the American International University
West Africa can be made up to 1 year in advance and
the deadline for enrolment is 30 days before the start
of the first trimester
• You can pay for your
fees by debit or credit card using American Express,
VISA, Discover or MasterCard or by money order.
Student Scholarships & Financial Aid:
Each year the AIU has a few institutional scholarships
available which are made to acknowledge high academic
performance and provides an avenue to attract the finest
and brightest students irrespective of economic circumstances.
All scholarships are spent directly on tuition and are
placed into the student's account each trimester by
the Student Financial Services. These awards last throughout
the students full academic course.
Student lodgings are available at the AIU Manjai Residence
Halls in Kotu and the Friendship Residence Hall. Only
rooms confirmed before the beginning of the term will
be allotted. Because of limited availability, a room
is not assured to all applicants. Priority is given
Electricity and water are included in the accommodation
charge. All rooms have a fan, bed and private shower
rooms with WC. Most are sharing however, single occupancy
is subject to availability.
There is an 11,000 square metre second campus located
in the Kanifing Institutional area with 11 modern laboratories,
well 24 equipped classrooms, 14 conference rooms, a
medical library, a cafeteria and other student facilities.
If you wish to apply to the AIU for a lecturer's post,
assistant professor, administrator, librarian or other
employment you need to send your job application to
of the Health Science Center.
• Serrekunda General Hospital
• University of The Gambia
• Royal Victoria Teaching
• National Reference Laboratories
• Center Medical International Guinea