Founded in 1978, SJBSM has vast experience in preparing graduates with the values, skills and knowledge to deliver high quality care. With a special focus in community health care and research on translational community medicine, SJBSM is the place for you. Candidates interested in our MD program must meet the following admission criteria:

Admissions Requirements

Candidates are admitted for first year class on a competitive basis and therefore the applicants must comply with the following requirements for consideration:

  • Applicants must comply with, among other requirements, those established by the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and its regulations. A Bachelor's Degree BS or BA with the required Pre-Medical course credits completed at a college level institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of PR or by a US accrediting organization with a minimum Science and General GPA of 3.00 (on a four-point scale) as calculated by AMCAS. The GPA of a graduate degree (M.S, MPH) does not substitute the GPA from an undergraduate degree.

The pre-medical coursework must consist of the following:

Courses

Credits

General Biology I and II with labs

8

Organic Chemistry I and II or Biochemistry with labs

8

General Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry I and II with labs

8

General Physics I and II with labs

8

Spanish (grammar or literature)

9

English (grammar or literature)

9

Behavioral and Social Sciences

(Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, Economics,  and Anthropology)

9

In addition to the above requirements, we strongly recommend course work in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Liberal Arts and/or Humanities.

For the English courses, classes described as “intensive writing” will be considered as substitute.

*CLEP EXAM - The College-Level Examination Program's (CLEP) Spanish Language exam is designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed one to two years of college Spanish language study. If you reside in the U.S., have knowledge in Spanish, but did not have Spanish courses in your curriculum, you are welcome to take the CLEP exam. For more information, please access CLEP exam . You should choose Spanish level II and if you obtain a score higher than 70 we can grant you the 9 credits. Please keep note that we will assess your Spanish proficiency through the interviews.

Online Courses and Pass/Fail Grades

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our institution will now accept online prerequisite courses completed at an accredited college or university. In regards to Pass/Fail courses, we will accept these grades reported as such due to the pandemic.

To initiate the admission process the applicant must submit the following documents:

  • Application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) – a centralized application service for applicants applying for first year class at participating U.S. medical schools.  The complete application must be processed by AMCAS between June 1st and before the deadline December 15th of the year prior to admission.
  • Qualified applicants will receive an email from WebAdmit for AMCAS with a link to the “SJBSM Activities Gateway” to begin the supplemental application. Please be sure your email account is set up to accept emails from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • A non-refundable certified check or money order for the amount of $100.00 will be required with the supplemental application. The money order must be payable to San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. You may also use your credit card and pay electronically. To do so use this form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Official transcript with the conferred degree will only be requested upon acceptance.  Prerequisites courses listed as “in progress” on the AMCAS application must be completed by matriculation.
  • Official results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a minimum score of 495 sent by AMCAS. The test must not be older than three years.
  • Two (2) academic letters of recommendation from science professors and one (1) letter from a community leader or volunteer work sent via the  AMCAS® Letter Service

Any one of the following will satisfy the academic letters of recommendation requirement:

  • Committee letter (required if your college/university has an officially designated committee or advisor). Authored by a pre-health committee or advisor and intended to represent your institution's evaluation of you. A committee letter may or may not include additional letters written in support of your application.
  • Letter packet: A packet or set of letters assembled and distributed by your institution, often by the institution's career center.
  • Faculty letters (required if the college/university you attended does not have a committee or advisor).

LANGUAGE PRE-REQUISITES

English and Spanish are the official languages of SJBSM. Since SJBSM is a community-based school, all students will interact with Spanish-speaking communities. It is expected that enrolled SJBSM students must be able to read, write, speak and understand basic Spanish language. Language proficiency in Spanish will be assessed during the interviews.

Pre-interview assessments

In the upcoming cycle, all applicants to the San Juan Bautista Medical program will be required to complete the Altus Suite pre-interview assessments prior to our personal interview.


Altus Suite consists of three (3) tests:

Casper

Casper is an online, open-response situational judgement test that evaluates what an applicant would do in a tough situation and, more importantly, why. CASPer™ is a 90-minute online situational judgement test that serves to further enhance our holistic application review process by assessing noncognitive skills and identifying personal attributes such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency and adaptability. The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Applicants have five minutes to respond to a set of questions for each video or text-based scenario. CASPer™ test results are only valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Snapshot

It consists of a short video response tool that assess the applicant's verbal and non-verbal communication skills and motivation. This test consists to three 2-minute video responses to standardized questions (Snapshot). Only the Snapshot test can be done in the language of preference (English or Spanish).

Duet

This prescreening assessment evaluate applicants for “fit” by understanding how your ideal criteria for the MD career align with that of our SJBSM program offering.
Both Snapshot and Duet assessment are considered a pre-interview tie-breaker, which means that will be thoroughly evaluated by our admissions staff prior to offer you a formal interview.

The Casper test takes 60-90 minutes to complete, Snapshot takes about 10-15 minutes, Duet takes 20-30 minutes

Access www.TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments.
SJBSM will not take any informational calls, emails, or communications about CASPer. For technical questions or any other questions regarding this exam please contact CASPer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline to submit the documents: On or before December 15th

 

 The mailing address is:

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Admissions Office
PO Box 4968
Caguas, PR 00726-4968

 

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Mrs. Jaymi L. Sánchez Cruz
Admissions Officer
Tel. 1-787-743-3038 Ext. 236
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Mrs. Marta R. Fuentes
Secretary
Tel. 1-787-743-3038 Ext. 214
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