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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine’s educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is a 4.5-year program. It consists of two years of Basic Sciences coursework on the AUA College of Medicine campus in Antigua and 84 weeks of study in the Clinical Sciences at teaching hospitals throughout the United States where students complete their core and elective rotations. Rotations are also available in Canada and India.

In order to provide the most innovative and current methods of delivery for a medical education, AUA’s curriculum brings medical disciplines together and fosters greater communication and cooperation between departments. Although each branch of medical science has its own importance and characteristics, the current trend in medical education is to integrate those branches. The AUA curriculum has been developed to meet this goal and surpass it by achieving a flexible course of study that goes beyond examinations. It is designed to promote the art and science of medicine and all related skills, as well as critical thinking and lifelong learning.

AUA defines a credit hour as follows:

One credit hour is equivalent to one week of classroom or direct faculty instruction over a period of one semester.

An AUA student carrying nine or more credits during a single semester is considered a full-time student. Any AUA student taking less than nine credits during a single semester is considered a part-time student.

Follow this link for more information about our curriculum.

ACCREDITATIONS AND APPROVALS

 American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUACOM) awards Medical Doctorate (“M.D.”) degrees to its graduates pursuant to a Charter granted to the University by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. American University of Antigua College of Medicine is accredited by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Government’s accreditation authority, the Caribbean Accreditation Authority on Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (“CAAM-HP”). The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of the United States Department of Education (the “NCFMEA”) has recognized the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as having processes and procedures for the accreditation of medical schools that are comparable to those of the Liaison Commission on Medical Education (the “LCME”), the accreditation authority for medical schools in the United States and Canada.

American University of Antigua College of Medicine also has been recognized by the Medical Board of California for licensure and residency training of its graduates and for providing clerkships in the State. The New York State Education Department has also approved American University of Antigua, which approval allows AUACOM’s students to engage in clinical clerkship training in New York. Florida’s Commission For Independent Education has likewise granted approval for AUACOM’s students to engage in clinical clerkship training in that State. AUACOM’s graduates are eligible for licensure throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information about our accreditations and approvals, please see: Here

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

For information about our admissions policies, please see: Here

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

To support our mission to provide the highest quality of education, AUA has entered into numerous articulation agreements with colleges and Universities throughout the world. An articulation agreement is an official agreement between two universities that stipulates that students who have met established academic and other requirements are guaranteed acceptance into AUACOM’s medical doctorate program in the semester following their graduation. Some of these agreements provide AUA students with the opportunity to earn additional degrees, supplementing their MD and enhancing their residency applications.

For more information about our articulation agreements, please see: Here

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND PEER-TO-PEER FILE SHARING

For information about our copyright infringement, peer-to-peer file sharing, and use of technology policies, please see: Here

ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE

For more information on Estimated Cost of Attendance, please see: Here

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

For information about our substance abuse and prevention policies, please see: Here

Students are expected to be knowledgeable of and compliant with the laws of the country in which they study and/or work. Laws of Antigua and Barbuda pertaining to Illicit Drug and Alcohol misuse are cited below:

1. Alcohol Related Laws of Antigua and Barbuda:

A. Minimum Drinking age is 18 years of age.
B. Driving while under the influence of alcohol: Antigua (Vehicles and Road Traffic Act) section 54 (3) – Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person committing an offense under this section.
C. Every person found drunk in a public place shall be liable to a penalty fine the amount of which increases with each offence- Licensing (Intoxicating Liquor Act) section 38.
D. Every person guilty of riotous or disorderly behaviour has committed an offense. – Licensing (Intoxicating Liquor Act) section 39 (1).

2. Penalties of Antigua and Barbuda Law for Alcohol related offenses

A. Any person who when driving or attempting to drive, or when in charge of, a motor vehicle on a road is under the influence of drink or drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle, is liable on summary conviction for a first offense to a penalty of five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for eighteen months, and on conviction for a second and every subsequent offense to a penalty of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three years.- Vehicles and Road Traffic Act) section 54.
B. Every person found drunk is subject to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars, and on a second conviction within a period of twelve months shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars, and on a third or subsequent conviction within such period of twelve months be liable to a penalty not exceeding one hundred dollars. – Licensing (Intoxicating Liquor) Act section 38.
C. Every person guilty of riotous or disorderly behaviour while drunk shall be subject to a penalty not exceeding one hundred dollars , or in the discretion of the court, to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding one month. – Licensing (Intoxicating Liquor Act) section 39 (1).

3. Illicit Drug Use Laws of Antigua and Barbuda:

A. The following are considered an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act:

  1. The importation or exportation of controlled drugs
  2. Involvement in the production or supplying of controlled drugs
  3. Possession of controlled drugs including the intent to sell or transfer
  4. Cultivation of the cannabis plant
  5. Occupies a premises which knowingly permits the production or use of controlled drugs
  6. Frequenting a place used for the purpose of opium smoking

B. Penalties of offences committed under the Misuse of Drugs Act:

  1. Any person found to be involved in the importation or exportation of controlled drugs is subject to a penalty of six times the value of the goods or not less than twenty thousand dollars nor exceeding two hundred thousand dollars whichever is the greater, and to imprisonment for twelve months; (ii) on conviction on indictment, to a pecuniary penalty of such amount as the court may determine, and to imprisonment for 10 years; – section 4.
  2. Any person found to be involved in the production or supplying of controlled drugs on summary shall receive a maximum of $500,000 fine and 2 years imprisonment. On conviction of indictment, the person is subject to a maximum of 7 years and a fine- section 5.
  3. Any person found to be in possession of any controlled drugs including the intent to sell or transfer on summary shall receive a maximum of $200,000 fine and 2 years imprisonment. On conviction of indictment, the person is subject to a maximum of 7 years and a fine- section 6.
  4. Any person found to be involved in the cultivation of the cannabis plant on summary is subject to a maximum of $100,000 fine and 2 years imprisonment – section 8.
  5. Any occupier of a premises which knowingly permits the production or use of controlled drugs summary is subject to a maximum of 14 years and a fine. On conviction of indictment the person is subject to a maximum of 7 years and a fine – section 10.
  6. Any person found to be frequenting a place used for the purpose of opium smoking, the penalty on summary is a maximum of $500,000 and 2 years imprisonment. On conviction of indictment the penalty includes a maximum of 10 years and a fine – section 11.
  7. Any non-citizen convicted of an offence under this act may be ordered by the Minister within 6 months of the conviction to be removed from Antigua and Barbuda – section 28.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

For information about our FERPA policies, please see: Here

WITHDRAWAL FROM STUDIES AND LEAVES OF ABSENCES

For information about our withdrawal and LOA policy, please see: Here

For information about our University Refund and Return to Title IV policies, please see: Here

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)

For information about our policies on SAP and good academic standing, please see: Here

For information about our policies on SAP and its impact on U.S. Federal Financial Aid, please see: Here

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID CODE OF CONDUCT

As a participating institution in the administration of Federal financial aid, American University of Antigua College of Medicine has a Financial Aid Code that is compliant with federal law.

Any American University of Antigua officer, employee, or agent who has responsibilities with respect to AUACOM’s U.S. students’ educational loans must comply with this code of conduct.

  1. Neither American University of Antigua (“the University”) as an institution nor any individual officer, employee or agent of the University shall enter into any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender. A revenue-sharing arrangement means an arrangement between the University and a lender under which the lender provides or issues loans to students attending the University or to the families of such students; and the University recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender and in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits, including revenue or profit sharing, to the University or its agent.
  2. No officer or employee of the University who is employed in the financial aid office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or any of their family members, shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. For purposes of this prohibition, the term “gift means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimums amount.
  3. An officer or employee of the University who is employed in the financial aid office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or an agent who has responsibilities with respect to education loans, shall not accept from any lender of affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
  4. The University shall not: for any first-time borrower, assign, through award packaging or other methods, the borrower’s loan to a particular lender; or refuse to certify, or delay certification of, any loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.
  5. American University of Antigua shall not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans (non-Title IV loans), including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the institution providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with:
    1. specific number of loans made, insured, or guaranteed under Title IV,
    2. a specified loan volume of such loans,
    3. a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.
  1. American University of Antigua shall not request or accept from any lender any assistance with the call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.
  2. Any employee who is employed in the financial aid office, or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission, or group.

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

American University of Antigua College of Medicine Federal Financial Aid Information:

AUA’s M.D. program has been approved to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loan programs, both of which are administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  Additional information regarding these loan programs is available through the U.S. Department of Education website at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Eligibility for Federal Loans:

To qualify for a Federal loan, a student enrolled at AUACOM must meet the following requirements to receive federal financial aid:

  • The student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Eligible noncitizens are U.S. nationals (including natives of American Samoa and Swains Island), U.S. permanent residents, or individuals who have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of a list of acceptable designations. For the list of acceptable designations, click here.
  • The student must have a valid Social Security number (except students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • The student must be registered with Selective Service (for males between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • The student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at AUACOM;
  • The student must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards completing his/her M.D. degree (new students are deemed to be in good academic standing and making SAP);
  • The student must not be in default of a federal loan or owe an overpayment on a federal grant or Federal Perkins Loan.
  • The student must not have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving federal financial aid;
  • The student must not have borrowed more in federal financial aid than the annual or aggregate loan limits (see below for more information on annual and aggregate loan limits.)

There are two types of federal loans that are available for AUACOM’s qualified students: a Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans:

Please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans for detailed Unsubsidized Loan information.

Federal Direct Grad Plus Loans

Please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/plus for detailed Graduate PLUS Loan information.

How to Apply for Federal Student Aid:

Applying for federal student aid is straightforward. Follow the steps found here to complete your applications.

The Office of Student Financial Services is available on campus by phone at 1-877-666-9485 or email at [email protected].

Receiving and Using the Money

The application processing and receipt of your Financial Aid Offer may take 3 to 4 weeks. The school will credit the student’s account for tuition, fees and other institutional charges within three business days of receipt and, within 14 days, disburse any credit balance to the student. These funds are sent to your declared bank account. (AUACOM recommends that you use a U.S. bank account and sign up for the EFT system). Please click here to enroll in our direct deposit service.

Login User name = AUA Student ID (email [email protected] in case you don’t know Student ID)

Login Password = Full Last name (First letter UPPER case) + last four digits of student ID

Example: John Smith ID 123456, pw=Smith3456 

AUACOM is required to obtain your permission to credit your account or pay any obligation directly to any third party for “non-institutional charges” such as housing, health insurance, utilities, parking, transportation, textbooks, and other charges. To grant permission for AUA to do so, complete and return the Student Loan Authorization form.

American University of Antigua’s Office of Financial Services is located in AUACOM’s main building on its campus. Students may also contact the Office at [email protected], or by telephone at 877-666-9485 or visit the office of Manipal Education Americas, AUACOM’s agent, at its offices at 1 Battery Park Plaza, 33rd fl., New York, NY 10004. Your assigned financial aid counselor is listed below.   Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions you may have about the loan process, as well.

List of Student Financial Services Staff and email addresses:

Ajana D. Wilkinson
Manager of Financial Aid
[email protected]

Stanley Jean-Louis
Sr. Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Marisol Tejeda
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Derek Warner
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Semone Octave
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Cindy David
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Johanna Gomez
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Erika Vargas
Financial Aid Counselor
[email protected]

Scholarships

AUA offers a limited number of scholarships to students who meet its scholarship criteria. For more information about the scholarships that AUA offers, please click here.

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy is the ability to understand and analyze your finances and your financial opportunities. The decisions you make now, from choosing which student loan to borrow and how much to borrow, to how you use a credit card, will affect you for years after you graduate. Visit our Financial Literacy pages for more information.

STUDENT HEALTH, VACCINATION, AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

For information about our student health, vaccination, and immunization requirements: Click Here

CANADIAN LOAN PROGRAM

AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education, allowing eligible students to receive Canadian federal loans, provincial loans, and participate in grant programs.

For more information about the Canadian loan program, please see: Here

U.S. VETERANS BENEFITS

AUA recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. military veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved VA educational benefits to all qualifying students attending AUA College of Medicine

For more information about our veterans benefits, please see: Here

VOTER REGISTRATION

The Federal Election Commission provides guidance regarding voter registration in each state at www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx