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American University of Antigua Becomes First International School to Administer Web-Based NBME Exam

AUA uses high-speed network to administer secure NBME test to 191 students. The American University of Antigua (AUA) became the first medical school outside of the United States to administer the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) web-based examination in MSS Histology and Cell Biology. Utilizing this online-based examination provides a neutral medium that administers tests autonomously, all but removing human error and testing anomalies.

(PRWEB) December 23, 2009 -- The American University of Antigua (AUA) became the first medical school outside of the United States to administer the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) web-based examination in MSS Histology and Cell Biology.

The Internet has radically changed education, virtual or online educational institutions have become viable competitors to traditional universities. Utilizing online-based examination provides a neutral medium that administers tests autonomously, all but removing human error and testing anomalies.

The NBME is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides licensing examinations for the health professions. It administers the United States Medical Licensing Examination, a two-part exam that is required for all would-be physicians. The security of these exams is a matter of the highest importance; protection personnel often accompany the physical tests. The exam was administered to 191 AUA students and comprised 125 questions, and took exactly 2.5 hours to complete. Many of the questions included high-resolution images.

“We are very grateful that the NBME made this opportunity available to AUA and pleased with the outstanding performance of our brand-new, state-of-the-art campus network, during the exam,” said Tom Gardner the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AUA.

Gardner continued, “Thanks to the reliability of our high-speed network and the ease of use of the NBME exam interface our students were able to completely focus on the exam’s content and were not distracted by network latency or exam related confusion. We will continue to exploit our high-speed campus network with NBME web-based and our own Blackboard LMS based exams, study aids and lecture recordings. We believe that applied technology in balance with our traditional lecture series and lab experiences will position our students to realize outstanding academic outcomes and successfully meet their goal of becoming a physician in the United States.”

“While our students completed the most important aspect of this initiative, I would like to extend appreciation to our campus IT team and Antigua Computer Technologies for their hard work in making our vision of a high-speed network and reliable computer based testing a reality.”

Dr. Glasser, AUA Associate Dean of Academic Organization and Professor and Chair of Neuroscience, served as the chief liaison between the NBME and AUA’s faculty proctors. He said, “The faculty involved in administering this exam deserves special recognition; they performed several dry runs to make sure the test ran smoothly. The NBME also deserves considerable thanks for their guidance and support throughout this entire process.”

Peter Bell, AUA Vice President and Executive Dean, added a final note, “As a result of close co-operation between the university and the NBME, AUA is very proud to be the first international medical school to use web-based exams provided by the NBME.”

About The American University of Antigua:
The American University of Antigua offers medical, nursing and veterinary programs designed to make sure students meet the requirements of medical, nursing, and veterinary licensure in the United States and achieve passing scores on licensing examinations. A group of renowned American physicians and medical education professionals chartered the university to address the shortage of healthcare professionals faced by the United States. Students who wish to learn more about the AUA should visit

About the National Board of Medical Examiners:
The NBME was founded in 1915 due to the need for a nationwide medical examination standard. The mission of the NBME is to protect the health of the public through modern licensing exams that use innovative evaluation and measurement methods. It provides high-quality testing methodologies that have become the basis for international evaluation of healthcare professionals.

Approximately 80 members of the National Board comprise its governing body, composed of individuals with accountability and proficiency in the health professions. To learn more about the NBME please visit

Tom Gardner               
Vice President, Information Technology
tgardner (at) auamed (dot)org

Dr. Steven Glasser
sglasser (at) auamed (dot)org


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