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Online Courses

At National College, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to further their education and to achieve their career goals. We offer busy students in Bachelor and MBA programs the option of taking classes through our convenient online learning platform. As an online National College student, you'll receive the same career-focused education with personal attention from our faculty and staff that students receive in our classrooms... such as academic advising, mentoring, and career services. The only difference is you can choose when to study so that it works with your schedule, leaving you more flexibility to balance life's priorities.

Online courses

Overview of being a National College Online Student

Each online class is limited to 25 students, to allow maximum learning and personalized attention throughout the course. We strive to make our online courses inclusive and interactive by encouraging close relationships between our instructors and students through email, forums, and online collaboration.

National's online delivery option extends our most popular programs across the National College community. And while you may be physically close to a National College campus that offers these programs, you may not have the schedule that allows you to earn your degree at one of our campuses. However, that is another advantage of online classes! Our online programs were designed specifically for working adults, like you, who are ready to further their education but don't have the time or ability to attend class on campus. With our online programs, you can earn your degree and attend class wherever and whenever it works best for you. This format allows you to maintain your commitment to your current job and family responsibilities.

If you are interested in the convenience of online degree training, take a look at American National University (ANU) Online. We can provide a quality education through a flexible, innovative online format.

We offer online career programs in the following fields*:

Our online classes provide students greater flexibility, but they also require discipline, self-motivation, hard work, and great time management skills for successful completion. Online courses may not be the right fit for every student's needs, expectations, or learning style. However, for many students online classes might just be the way to earn that degree that you have been waiting for.

If you are considering enrolling in an online program, we suggest you speak with a National College Admissions Representative – this resource will give you a better indication of your aptitude for online learning and will help you decide whether online learning is right for you.

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Industry-leading Professional Faculty

The key to our success is a faculty of industry-leading professionals.  Drawing on personal insights, our instructors provide students with a real-world perspective to prepare them for success in well-defined fields of employment.

12 faculty listed below

Our Faculty at a Glance

Dan Bailey - Instructor

Dan Bailey



Dan Bailey has experience as an Information Technology Manager and is currently an instructor in the areas of Management, Information Technology, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Law for the American National University online program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA and a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University in Danville, VA.

Carl Beekman - Instructor

Carl Beekman



Dr. Carl Beekman holds a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education/Creative Writing from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH. His academic background includes administrative experience as an Assistant Superintendent for Academics on the Navajo Reservation, Assistant Principal for a Native American high school in South Dakota, and Principal for an elementary/junior high school in Indiana. He has taught students from more than 40 tribes in grades K-12 and has developed and taught undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses. Carl is currently an instructor for the American National University online program.

Debbie Brassell - Instructor

Debbie Brassell


PhD, JD, Executive JD-Health Care Law, MS

Dr. Debbie Brassell received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and has been providing speech-language services in different educational, hospital, and clinical settings for 35 years. She also holds a PhD in Healthcare Administration and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, as well as an Executive JD Degree specializing in health care law. Debbie has led a research project in Dublin, Ireland, working with children with Autism and Down Syndrome; obtained a Graduate Certificate in Hippotherapy and developed a Hippotherapy Program in Bedford, Virginia, using horses to achieve rehabilitation goals with children and adults; and authored a book: Alzheimer's Disease: Survivor or Victim? Know the Facts, dedicated to her grandmother.

Annette Chamberlin - Instructor

Annette Chamberlin


Ph.D., MBA, M.A., B.A.

Annette Chamberlin has served in a variety of positions within the business community, including Health Care Consultant, Vice President of Field Operations, Regional Director of Operations and Management, Marketing Director, Retail Consultant, Merchandising Consultant, and Buyer Strategist and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for several local businesses. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Roanoke College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University, a Master of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Annette is an instructor in the Master of Business Administration program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and has delivered several professional seminars and talks on management and teaching for professional organizations. She is an instructor of management, organizational behavior, leadership, and business policy courses. She also serves as an instructor for the ANU Online program.

Nikki Follis - Instructor

Nikki Follis



Nikki Follis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from Saint Leo University, a Master of Business Administration degree in e-commerce from Baker College, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree in organizational leadership. She is an instructor of business and accounting courses for the American National University Online program.

Julie Franklin - Instructor

Julie Franklin



Julie Franklin has been an educator for 23 years and has been a licensed realtor for 17 years. She obtained her Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Averett University, Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech, library science endorsement from Idaho University, and her real estate license from the Moseley-Flint School of Real Estate. She has extensive experience in adult education and presently serves as an instructional technology staff development instructor for the Department of Organizational Development, Quality and Innovation for a large public school system. She is an instructor for the online program at American National University.

Mathew George - Department Chair - Business Management

Mathew George

Department Chair - Business Management


Mathew S. George has served in a variety of management and accounting positions in the business and not-for-profit sectors, has owned a travel agency and a real estate business, and was a realtor licensed in the state of Virginia. Mathew received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Brigham Young University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech. He teaches business, marketing, and management courses and is chair of the business management programs for the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and the Online program. Mathew is also an ACICS evaluator and performs accreditation visits at other colleges across the country.

Christine Gries - Instructional Designer/LMS Administrator/Online

Christine Gries

Instructional Designer/LMS Administrator/Online

BS- Magna Cum Laude / Graduate Certificate - Teaching English to Adults as a Second Language

Christine Gries is an instructor for the American National University online program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in instructional design and technology with human factors and is currently pursuing a master's degree in adult learning with an ESL concentration. Her experience includes working for such corporations as IBM, Pepsico, R. H. Donnelley, and the American Heart Association. Christine has owned three successful businesses in various industries and has done consulting work. She has been an instructor at several colleges and has designed courses, including a prep course for the Certified Office Professional (CAP) exam for Penn State at Worthington in Scranton, PA. Christine also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to Korean students online.

Ashley  Harper - Instructor

Ashley Harper



Ashley Braun Harper has been teaching accounting courses for over 10 years. She earned a Master of Accountancy degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University. Ashley is an active Certified Public Accountant in the State of Louisiana and is currently pursuing a PhD in accounting from NorthCentral University. Ashley's work history includes experience as an accountant for a local accounting firm in Ponchatoula for 7 years, a tax accountant for Arthur Andersen in New Orleans, a controller for a local lumberyard, and a credit analyst for a local bank. She is currently an instructor for the American National University online program.

Gina Kurtz - Instructor

Gina Kurtz



Gina Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree specializing in leadership. She has previously been a classroom instructor at the Lynchburg Campus, but now teaches courses for the American National University online program.

Beth Stewart - Instructor

Beth Stewart


B.A., M.A.

Beth Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Indiana University and a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Ball State University. She has been teaching at the college-level since 1993 and online since 2003. She primarily teaches social science courses but also mathematics, computer software, freshmen success classes, and online communications. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Philip Travis - Instructor

Philip Travis



Philip Travis holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies and a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Kentucky. He is currently pursuing a PhD in history from Washington State University, with a focus on U.S. foreign relations and diplomacy during the Cold War and in the present. Philip previously served as a history instructor at New River Community College in Dublin, VA and is now an instructor of humanities courses for the American National University online program.


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