Medical academy accused of deceiving consumers in Maryland

Associated National Medical Academy, a Baltimore company offering a nursing program, was accused by the Maryland Attorney General's office of deceiving prospective students by offering training without the required state approvals.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler alleged the courses offered by Malmil Ventures LLC, which does business as Associated National Medical Academy, will not qualify students to become licensed in Maryland.
Without approval from either the Maryland Higher Education Commission or the state's nursing board programs that could take students up to a year to complete would not yield them the license they were seeking to do nursing. The Higher Education Commission last year told the outfit to stop offering the training and refund tuition that was collected, Gansler's office said, but no refunds were issued and the company continued to market its nursing programs.

A man answering the company's phone declined to comment to Consumer Ally about the charges.

A public hearing is set for June on the charges and restitution for consumers. The company's principals, John Malone and John Miller, are also facing charges.

"Consumers should always check with state licensing boards to verify licensing requirements of educations institutions prior to paying any fees up front to a training school," Gansler said in a statement.

Maryland Board of Nursing has a database on its web site. Neither Malmil Ventures nor Associated National Medical Academy were listed.

The nonprofit Nursing Degree Guide says two main groups offer nursing school accreditation -- National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Both have databases of programs with national accreditation.
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