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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

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American National University Locations

The Roanoke Valley and Indianapolis campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Master’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, and diplomas.

Campuses in Danville, Harrisonburg, and Lynchburg, VA, Bristol, TN, Columbus, OH and Lexington and Louisville, KY are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, and diplomas.

All other locations are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Associate’s degrees and diplomas. American National University 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 West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has assigned the Princeton, West Virginia campus of American National University the status of Category II to offer degree programs and the Parkersburg, West Virginia campus the status of Category III to offer degree programs.

The Bristol and Knoxville campuses are authorized 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.

The Akron Area (Stow) campus, Cleveland Area campus, Dayton Area campus, Stark County (Canton) Campus, Columbus campus, Cincinnati 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.

The Medical Assisting program offered at all Virginia campuses; Indiana campuses; Kentucky campuses; Tennessee campuses; West Virginia campuses; and Akron Area (Stows), Cincinnati, Cleveland Area, Columbus, Dayton Area, and Youngstown, Ohio campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 and can be reached at (727) 210-2350.

The Emergency Technology-Paramedic program at the Roanoke Valley Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). CAAHEP is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 and can be reached at (727) 210-2350.

The ESL Program Roanoke Campus at American National University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2014 through April 2015 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 80 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.665.3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

The Health Information Management Associate degree program at the Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, and Youngstown, Ohio campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the accredited program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

The Surgical Technology program at the Harrisonburg and Danville, Virginia campuses; Florence, Lexington, and Louisville, Kentucky campuses; Indianapolis, Indiana campus; Akron Area (Stow) Dayton Area, Cincinnati, and Youngstown Ohio campuses; are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). CAAHEP’s address is 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. They can be contacted at (727) 210-2350 and through www.caahep.org.

The Roanoke Valley and Dayton, Ohio Paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.

The Salem, VA campus of American National University 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 University’s official catalog. The University 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.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS is located at 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, and their phone number is (202) 336-6780. Email: info@acics.org. Web Site: www.acics.org

Many programs offered at American National University are approved so that eligible veterans and their dependents may receive their benefits. To inquire about specific programs, contact your local campus. The university makes available to students a copy of the documentation describing the school’s accreditation. Contact the Campus Director at your local campus.

National College Locations

The Bartlett, Bristol, Knoxville, Madison, Memphis, and Nashville, TN locations are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Associate’s degrees, and diplomas.

The Bartlett, Bristol, Knoxville, Madison, 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.

The Health Information Management Associate degree programs at the Madison and Memphis, Tennessee campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the accredited program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

The Medical Assisting program offered at the Tennessee campuses in Bartlett, Bristol, Knoxville, Madison, Memphis, and Nashville campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www. caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, and can be reached at (727) 210-2350.

Consumer Disclosure Information

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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.

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Articulation Agreement
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