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Heritage

In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders saw the need for a higher education institution focused on career-based training to meet workforce needs in the southeastern United States. Together they founded what is now known as American National University(1) with the intent of training workers in business, banking, accounting, administration, and other skilled professions.

American National University steadily developed a reputation for providing men and women with an efficient and effective education preparing them for the world of professional work. Students from many states made the trek to Roanoke, Virginia to receive a practical education that was more focused and relevant than that offered by other colleges and universities of the time.

As the institution’s first 100 years drew to a close, however, changes had already been under way that would give the institution a different appearance even as it continued to remain true to its original purpose. Rather than bringing students from surrounding states to stay at the dormitories and large central campus in Roanoke, American National University came to them. New community-based campuses were built throughout Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. As the needs of the workforce expanded, business training was supplemented by career-focused programs in computers and health care. Certificate programs were no longer the norm—students pursued more in-depth study leading to associate’s degrees, and the University’s first baccalaureate programs were introduced.

Today, American National University and National College have developed into a master’s-level institution offering more than 45 academic programs through 30 community-based locations in six states. A burgeoning eUniversity serves a growing number of students in both 100% online and blended formats, while thousands of international students have turned to National for both academic degree programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

The university’s reputation for excellence has been affirmed through numerous awards and acknowledgments, including awards for grassroots student advocacy (Association for Private Sector Colleges & Universities TOPS Award, 2012), support for veterans (Top 15% Military Friendly School, 2010-2015), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (Imagine America Foundation, 2012) recognizing American National University President Frank Longaker’s 40 years of service to the career college sector – to name just a few.

Evolution 2086 Vision

The university continues to evolve. In an effort to recognize the University’s continuous history of adapting to change and envisioning the development that will carry us to our 200th anniversary in 2086, we look ahead to our “Evolution 2086.”

The Evolution 2086 vision guides our goal of continuing to meet the workforce training needs for the 21st century and beyond. To answer increasing demands for career education at higher degree levels, we have added and will continue to add relevant master’s and doctoral programs. We will serve additional communities in more states with local campuses. We will expand and explore more accessible teaching methodologies, including online delivery, blended courses, and open-enrollment online courses.

While focusing on our core of business, health care, and information technology, we will expand our curriculum to include training in developing fields and offer more in-depth courses where career-opportunity continues to grow. We will continue our leadership in health science and business by offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for occupations in these important fields. Our information technology programs will expand in breadth and depth to train students for new advances. And we will continue to pursue programmatic accreditation and preparation for certification in appropriate programs, as we do for current programs.

The evolution of the institution is reflected in our name: American National University. American, recognizing our role as a leading American institution for career-focused education for students from around the world; National, acknowledging our historical roots and nationwide reputation; University, representing our status as a graduate-level institution offering diverse academic, eUniversity, international, ESL, and corporate training programs. The university’s motto, Scientia et Civitas – “Knowledge and Citizenship” – reflects our mission to develop educated men and women ready to pursue lives as productive citizens.

What does not change are the hallmarks of the experience our tens of thousands of graduates have enjoyed since 1886: American National University and National College will continue to offer the career-focused, hands-on learning environment that has characterized our more than 125 years of excellence, while steadily evolving new programs, venues, and methods of instruction appropriate to the 21st-century global economy. Students will continue to reap the benefits of our decades of tradition and experience as well as explore new opportunities and resources.

 

(1) In accordance with the regulations of the Tennessee Higher Education Council, all references to “American National University” refer to “National College” in the state of Tennessee. 


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Accreditation

NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

DEAC logo

National College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The college has maintained institutional accreditation for over 60 years, providing an assurance that our degrees meet tested standards of quality recognized by employers, government agencies, and other post-secondary institutions.

In addition to the Roanoke Valley Campus, the following campuses are recognized as administrative sties by DEAC:

  • Harrisonburg Campus
  • Charlottesville Campus
  • Lynchburg Campus
  • Princeton Campus
  • Parkersburg Campus
  • Bristol Campus
  • Dayton Area Campus

+ Who is DEAC

Founded in 1926, DEAC is an internationally recognized accrediting body for post-secondary institutions offering primarily distance-education programs from the non-degree level up to and including the professional doctoral degree. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 

+ What is the difference between “regional accreditation” and “national accreditation”?

Accrediting agencies are private educational associations of regional or national scope. Regional accreditation agencies concentrate on schools physically located in specific areas of the country whereas national accreditors, like DEAC, can accredit any postsecondary school located in the U.S. without limitation to a specific region.

Each accrediting agency determines its own evaluation criteria to assess whether a postsecondary institute meets it standards. Regional accrediting agencies typically focus on the traditional, liberal arts approach to academics, with greater emphasis on general education rather than preparation for specific occupations. Colleges like National College that are accredited by DEAC, a national career-related accrediting agency, focus on programs designed to educate students for in-demand professional, technical, or occupational careers. This includes certificate/diploma programs or associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees that are delivered in multiple formats: on-campus, online, or via video-conferencing.

It is worth noting that official sources of accreditation approval by the independent Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) make no qualitative distinctions among regional or national accreditors and ”institutions and accreditors need to assure that transfer decisions are not made solely on the source of accreditation of a sending program or institution.”1 For more information on transfer of credit at National College please click here>>

1 http://www.chea.org/pdf/fact_sheet_4_frame_trans_02.pdf

 

 

The following campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS):

  • Lexington Campus
  • Pikeville Campus
  • Louisville Campus
  • Danville, KY Campus
  • Richmond, KY Campus
  • Florence, KY Campus
  • Nashville Campus
  • Memphis Campus
  • Bartlett Campus
  • South Bend Campus

 

State

Authorizing Authority

Attorney General

Office of Consumer Affairs

IN

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio St., Suite 300 Indianapolis,
IN 46204-4206

Consumer Protection Division Office of
the Indiana Attorney General 302 W.
Washington St., 5th Floor, Indianapolis, IN  46204

Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Indiana Attny General
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN  46204

OH

State Board of Career Colleges & Schools
30 East Broad St., Suite 2481
Columbus, OH  43215

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 East Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 East Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215

KY

KY Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr., Suite 320,
Frankfort, KY  40601

Office of the Attorney General 700
Capitol Ave.,  Suite 118 Frankfort, KY
40601

Consumer Protection Division
1024 Capital Center Dr.
Frankfort, KY  40601

TN

Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Roberston Pkwy., Suite 1900
Nashville, TN  37243

Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 20207
Nashville, TN  37202-0207

Consumer Affairs
500 James Robertson Pkwy. 12th Fl
Nashville, TN  37243-0600

VA

State Council of Higher Education for VA
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219-3659

Attorney General's Office
202 North Ninth St.
Richmond, VA  23219

Attorney General's Office
202 North Ninth St.
Richmond, VA  23219

WV

WV Community and Technical College Sys
1018 Kanawha Blvd. E., Ste. 700
Charleston, WV  25301

Attorney General - Main Office Admin
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV  25326

Attorney General-Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV  25326

 

PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITATION

Several of National College’s programs are programmatically accredited by professional organizations. Programmatic accreditation is a mark of distinction that verifies that your training abides by standards that are independently verified by professionals who work in your field.

+ Programs with programmatic accreditation

Program

Professional Accrediting Body

Certification(s)

Campus(es)

Emergency Technology –Paramedic

Accredited by CAAHHEP upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

  • National Registered Paramedic (NRP)

Health Information Management

CAHIIM logo

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Medical Assisting

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

Nursing

Kentucky Board of Nursing

 

  • Kentucky Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure

Paralegal Certificate/Associate’s Degree

American Bar Association

 

RN to BSN

CCNE logo

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 887-6791

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

Surgical Technology

Accredited by CAAHHEP upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

 

 

STATE APPROVALS

Each state agency authorizes approval for post-secondary institutions to operate within its jurisdiction.

+ National College campuses are authorized by the following state agencies:

State

Campus

Virginia Campuses

National College is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to provide educational programs beyond secondary education in the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, the institution is not subject to the requirements of certification by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The Salem, VA campus of National College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer certain online programs to residents of the state. Maryland students who wish to express a complaint or grievance about the institution should follow the grievance policy stated in the National College’s official catalog. The College is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General and/or the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints may be directed to: Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St.Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202 – Telephone 410-528-8662/ 888-743-0823.

West Virginia Campuses

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has assigned the Princeton, West Virginia campus of National College the status of Category II to offer degree programs and the Parkersburg, West Virginia campus the status of Category III to offer degree programs.

Tennessee Campuses

The Bartlett, Bristol, Memphis, and Nashville campuses are authorized for operation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN, 37243, and can be reached at (615) 741-3605. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Ohio Campuses

The Akron Area (Stow) campus, Dayton Area campus, and Youngstown Campus have received the Certificate of Registration and Program Authorization from the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools, located at 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, Ohio 43215, and can be reached at (877) 275-4219. The Ohio registration number for the Akron Area campus is 07-01-1811B, 09-07-1905B for the Cleveland Area campus, Dayton Area campus is 04-01-1700B, 11-09-1974T for the Stark County (Canton) campus, 08-11-1884B for the Columbus campus, 04-05-1718B for the Cincinnati campus and 07-03-1816B for the Youngstown campus.

Indiana Campuses

The South Bend campus of National College is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education located at 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206.

Kentucky Campuses

National College is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer all programs at the Danville, Florence, Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, and Richmond campuses. National College Online is also licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer online degrees.

 

 

 

Consumer Disclosure Information

Click on each campus location for Consumer Disclosure Information.

 

Tennessee

National College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by National College, please visit www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Credits earned at National College may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by National College. You should obtain confirmation that National College will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at National College to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at National College prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from National College to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at National College if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of National College and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at National College before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse information:

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Miscellaneous Related Disclosure and Important Information:

Articulation Agreement
Consortium Agreements
Code of Computing Conduct
Anonymous Crime Tip Form
Emergency Response Plan
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Online Student Grievance Policy
Process and Plans for Program Improvement
Transfer Credit Policy
Tuition Rates
Vaccination Policy