How long is Ross Medical College?

Ross Medical College is a private medical university with its main campus located in Barbados on the Caribbean Island. The university has its branches spread out over the United States of America in states like, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, California and more.

Ross Medical College provides their students with a medical degree in the duration of 4 years. All 4 years include an extensive course curriculum that provides students with the knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen field. The 4 years are divided accordingly:

  • Year 1 & 2 – Medical Sciences
  • Year 3 & 4 – Clinical Education
How long is Ross Medical College?

What each year entails:

  • Year 1 & 2 – Medical Sciences: The study modules for these two years are divided over 5 semesters, which is a total of 165 weeks. 

Here is how the 165 weeks will be divided:

  • 75 weeks: Basic Sciences
  • 90 weeks: Clinical Sciences including Internal Medicine Foundations.

These two years will provide students with hand-on exposure to standardized patient cases, clinical skills training, small-group activities and more.

Medical sciences is all about learning the various systems and organs of the body like the digestive system or the respiratory system.

  • Year 3 & 4 – Clinical Education: These years require students to work at teaching hospitals in either the United Kingdom or the United States. This includes participating in Clinical Rotations. The rotations are divided as such:
  • 48 weeks of clerkship rotations
  • 42 weeks of elective rotations

Which core rotations are offered and their duration:

  • Internal Medicine – 12 weeks
  • Surgery – 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics – 6 weeks
  • Family medicine – 6 weeks
  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology – 6 weeks
  • Psychiatry – 6 weeks

The core rotations and elective rotations are to be chosen from a wide range of topics that a student is introduced to when they enter year 3 & 4.

  • It is to be noted that elective rotations start from year 4, while core rotations are to be performed in year 3.

Elective rotations:

  • Neonatology
  • Neurological Pathology
  • Clinical Radiology
  • Dermatology
  • Substance abuse
  • Podiatry
  • Public Health
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Many more can be found on their website

Clinical education is all about earning experience in patient care and disease diagnosis.

Ross University and School of Medicine and USMLE(The United States Medical Licensing Examination):

  • Year 1 & 2 of Ross Medical college cover USMLE step 1
  • Year 4 of Ross Medical college covers USMLE step 2
  • Residency programme fulfils the third and the last step of USMLE

Process after Graduation:

-After graduation, a student starts their residency.

– The residency program can last from 3 years to 7 years based on an individual’s specialty.

– The student can practice as a doctor.

How a student gets a residency programme:

  • After 4 years of education, the student is required to give the medical licensing exam. During year four, a student applies to various residency programmes and attends residency interviews.

Things to be kept in mind before entering medical college:

  • A student should ensure a high GPA.
  • Students should thoroughly revise whatever they are taught.
  • Students should pick their preferred teaching hospital early on.
  • Students should choose their specialty before the last year.
  • Students should choose their electives early on.

Ross University is an accredited university that provides students with quality education and helps them develop skills that are required to become an excellent doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the requirements to get into RUSM (Ross University School of Medicine)?

  • Prerequisite courses with the following subjects:

-Inorganic or general chemistry

-Organic chemistry

-General biology or zoology




  • A cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher on a scale of 4
  • Student should have given the MCAT(Medical College Admission Test)

What are the steps after an application has been submitted?

  • After the application is submitted, the student will get an email with confirmation that their application has been reviewed. Once the application is reviewed and if the student fits in the criteria for admission, they are called for an interview. The interview then determines if the student should be accepted or not.

What campus services are provided?

-Health Services

-Grocery Stores


-Fitness Clubs

What is the tuition fee in RUSM?

  • 5 semesters of Medical Sciences is $20,920 per semester.
  • 6 semesters of Clinical Sciences is $24,660 per semester.

What are the housing facilities available?

-Students are to reside at Villages of Coverley which is a short distance from the RUSM campus or get apartments on lease.

What is the average income of a doctor?

  • While the income depends on the specialisation, an average income of a doctor is anywhere between $2,50,000 to $3,00,000.

More information can be found out on the official website for Ross Medical College :