American University of Antigua (AUA) is a private medical institution of higher education located in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The sole program at AUA is the College of Medicine.
American University of Antigua - Katherine MacDonald from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine presents information on the college.
AUA was co-founded by Neal S. Simon, a lawyer and former president of Ross University. AUA began instruction in 2004. In 2008, Manipal Education and Medical Group purchased the college from New York based Greater Caribbean Learning Resources, Inc. and formed Maniple Education Americas, LLC. 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.
Accreditations and Approvals
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. AUA has been accredited and approved by the following bodies:
- Approved by the New York State Education Department
- Recognized by the Medical Board of California
- Accreditation by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
- Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education
The College of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory and the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.
In 2012, AUA was approved by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education, the only medical school with this approval.
College of Medicine
The College of Medicine confers upon its graduates the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The MD curriculum has two components: Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences. Basic Sciences runs on a two semester a year schedule and consists of semesters 1â"4. These courses are completed on the university's Antigua campus. Students participate in early clinical training at Mount St. John's Medical Centre and the on-campus Center for Simulated Learning.
Clinical Sciences begins during the Fifth Semester, where students are given preclinical training in the United States. Semesters 6â"10 consist of clinical rotations at teaching hospitals in the U.S., Canada, and India.
In January 2010, AUA opened its 17-acre (69,000Â m2) campus. The $60 million facility houses more than 75,000 square feet (7,000Â m2) of classrooms, a simulation lab, a multi-story library, study rooms, an amphitheater, a courtyard, a gym, tennis courts, and administrative and faculty offices.
In August 2011, AUA announced plans for an $18 million expansion of the Antigua campus. The expansion will bring the campus to a total of 27-acres.
In 2013, AUA signed a landmark affiliation agreement with the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine that allows AUA clinical students to complete all of their core clinical rotations in the Greater Miami Area.
Bridge to MD, offered through Manipal Education Americas, is a pre-medical program that prepares students to succeed in medical school by developing study skills and participating in a rigorous science curriculum. Qualified students who successfully complete this program are guaranteed admission into AUA.
AUA has articulation agreements with the following schools, allowing qualified graduates to automatically enroll in AUA College of Medicine:
- American International College of Arts and Sciences - Antigua (AICASA)
- Assumption College
- Bloomfield College
- Caldwell College
- City of London College
- College of Saint Elizabeth
- Dominican College
- Emmanuel College
- Greenville College
- King's College
- Mercy College
- Monmouth College
- Sungshin Women's University
- SUNY Plattsburgh
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Fraser Valley
- University of West Florida
- Urbana University
Graduates have matched through the National Resident Matching Program and the Canadian Resident Matching Service. AUA graduates have obtained residency positions in the following specialties:
- Child Neurology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Nuclear Medicine
- International medical graduate
- List of medical schools in the Caribbean
- List of universities in Antigua and Barbuda
- American University of Antigua College of Medicine official website