American University of Antigua
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|American University of Antigua|
|President||Neal S. Simon, J.D.|
|Students||1000 (Fall 2011)|
|Location||St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda|
The American University of Antigua (AUA) is a for-profit private medical institution of higher education located near the capital city of St. John's in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The sole program at AUA is the College of Medicine.
AUA was founded by Neal S. Simon, a lawyer and former president of Ross University. AUA began instruction in 2004. In 2008, the Manipal Education and Medical Group purchased the college from New York based Greater Caribbean Learning Resources Inc. As part of the Manipal Education and Medical Group, AUA has gained a distinguished partnership with the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Manipal University is considered to be one of the most prestigious university systems in Asia, with KMC currently ranked top 10 medical colleges in India.  In 2006, AUA College of Medicine was approved by the New York State Education Department  and, in 2011, recognized by the Medical Board of California.
In 2009, AUA opened the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It accepted its first students in January 2010 into a five semester preclinical training program. In December 2011 the veterinary school closed and all students were transferred to the St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine. In August 2011, AUA suspended applications to the School of Nursing after failing to receive accreditation from the Antigua & Barbuda Nursing Council and subsequent rejection by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. In December 2011, the New York State Education Department issued a statement acknowledging that graduates of the AUA School of Nursing are eligible for licensure in New York.
In October 2013, the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, entered into an affiliation agreement with the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. The Florida based University is a U.S. medical school accredited by Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Students that participate in affiliated clinical sites will receive official transcripts, as well as a certificate demonstrating full recognition of clinical completion from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. 
College of Medicine
Clinical Sciences start during semester 5, where students begin USMLE preparation, followed by 6-weeks of pre-clinical training in various affiliate hospitals within the United States. After successfully completing Step 1 of the USMLE, students begin Semesters 6-10 of clinical rotations at AUA-affiliated hospitals within the United States. Study abroad opportunities are offered in Canada and India as well. Major affiliate hospitals are located all over the United States with a majority of teaching hospitals directly affiliated with AUA located in New York, Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana, Michigan, and Maryland. Electives are offered in many other states as well. 
Accreditation and Licensing
The American University of Antigua operates under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda pursuant to its Charter which was issued by the Government in 2003 and revalidated in 2004. The School of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory and the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.
In June 2012, the AUA MD program was granted provisional accreditation by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) until 2014.
In January 2010, AUA opened its doors to a new 17-acre (69,000 m2) campus. The $60 million facility houses over 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) of classrooms, a multi-story library, study rooms, and student government, and administrative and faculty offices.
In August 2011, AUA announced plans for an $18 million expansion of the Antigua campus.
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