American University of Antigua

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American University of Antigua
American University of Antigua College of Medicine Logo.png
Established 2004
Type Private, for-profit[1]
President Neal S. Simon, J.D.
Students 1000 (Fall 2011)[2]
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.[3] AUA began instruction in 2004.[4] 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. [5] In 2006, AUA College of Medicine was approved by the New York State Education Department [6] and, in 2011, recognized by the Medical Board of California.[7]

In 2009, AUA opened the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.[8] It accepted its first students in January 2010 into a five semester preclinical training program.[9] In December 2011 the veterinary school closed and all students were transferred to the St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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. [13]


College of Medicine[edit]

Semesters 1-4 are basic sciences semesters that are completed at the university's Antigua campus over the first 2 years.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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. [17]

Accreditation and Licensing[edit]

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.[18] The School of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory[4] and the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.[19]

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.[20][21]

AUA students are recognized by the Department of Education, as well as medical boards, for clinical training, residency, and licensure in New York and California. [2][22][7]


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.[23]

In August 2011, AUA announced plans for an $18 million expansion of the Antigua campus.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ June 07, 2011 (2011-06-07). "AUA President Neal Simon Speaker at International Health Conference 2011 | American University of Antigua". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "ALPMOTOR3 | Antigua Observer Newspaper". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b "IMED - FAIMER International Medical Education Directory - School Details". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Manipal Education buys out Antigua University". The Times Of India. 2008-12-05. 
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  7. ^ a b "Medical Schools Recognized | Medical Board of California". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Signing Ceremony at New York Headquarters of AUA Paves the Way for Veterinary School in Antigua". Government of Antigua and Barbuda. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Veterinary Information Seminars & Events". American University of Antigua. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ "Kidnappers reduce ransom demands | Antigua Observer Newspaper". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  12. ^ [3][dead link]
  13. ^ "American University of Antigua Signs Landmark Clinical Clerkship Agreement with Florida International University". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Basic Sciences Component & Curriculum | American University of Antigua". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
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  16. ^ [4][dead link]
  17. ^ "Clinical Affiliations | American University of Antigua". 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
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  19. ^ "AVICENNA Directory Medicine – University of Copenhagen". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  20. ^ "CAAM-HP_Assessed Programmes". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  21. ^ July 09, 2012 (2012-07-09). "AUA Secures CAAM-HP Accreditation | American University of Antigua". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  22. ^ "NYS Medicine:Application Forms". 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  23. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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Coordinates: 17°09′32″N 61°47′50″W / 17.158803°N 61.797355°W / 17.158803; -61.797355