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NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

American National University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (see below for campus-by-campus accreditation listing). The university 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.

American National University, 1813 E. Main St., Salem, VA 24153 (Roanoke Valley) is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, with the following campuses recognized as administrative sites by DEAC:

  • Bartlett Campus, 5760 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134
  • Nashville Campus, 1638 Bell Road, Nashville, TN 37211

The following American National University campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools:

 

  • Louisville Campus (Non-Main), 4205 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
  • Pikeville Campus (Main), 50 National College Boulevard, Pikeville, KY 41501
Who is DEAC

Founded in 1926, DEAC is the preeminent accrediting organization for distance education delivered worldwide that sets high standards for academic quality, inspiring excellence in teaching, learning, and student outcomes through voluntary assessment and peer review. DEAC accreditation standards establish education quality expectations and assess an institution’s ability to integrate technology to meet the needs of 21st century graduates and employers. DEAC accreditation provides students with confidence that the institution offering programs, ranging from high school through the professional doctoral degree and non-degree certificates, have been evaluated and meet rigorous standards established by education industry professionals.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Who is ABHES

ABHES is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs.

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. Universities like ANU 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 ANU please click here>>

Federal SEVP Approval

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non–immigrant alien students.
The following programs are approved for non–immigrant alien students and currently offered by American National University.

Roanoke (main) CampusDegree Type
Master of Business AdministrationMaster of Business Administration
Cybersecurity *Master of Science
Information Technology *Master of Science
Business Administration – AccountingBachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration – ManagementBachelor of Business Administration
Cybersecurity *Bachelor of Science
Medical and Health Services ManagementBachelor of Science
Network Administration *Bachelor of Science
Business Administration – AccountingAssociate of Science
Business Administration – ManagementAssociate of Science
Health Information ManagementAssociate of Science
Medical AssistingAssociate of Science
Network SupportAssociate of Science
ParalegalAssociate of Science
Medical AssistingCertificate
Paralegal StudiesCertificate
*STEM Programs are eligible for up to two additional years work authorization under OPT.
LexingtonDegree Type
Medical and Health Services ManagementBachelor of Science
Medical AssistingAssociate of Science
Medical Office ProfessionalDiploma
LouisvilleDegree Type
Health Information ManagementAssociate of Science
Medical AssistingAssociate of Science
Medical Billing and CodingDiploma
Phlebotomy & ECG TechnicianDiploma

 

PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITATION

Several of American National University’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. In addition, programs with approval or licensure from relevant professional organizations are also listed here.

Programs with programmatic accreditation
ProgramProgrammatic Accreditation / Approval / LicensureCertification(s)Campus(es)
Health Information Management

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Medical AssistingCommission 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)
Medical AssistingAccrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N.,
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 917-9503
www.abhes.org
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
Nursing

Licensed by Kentucky Board of Nursing

 

  • Kentucky Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure
Paralegal Certificate/Associate’s DegreeApproved by American Bar Association 
Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accrediting Commission (PTAC)

 
Pharmacy Technician Associate’s Degree

Accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accrediting Commission (PTAC)

 
RN to BSN

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

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
STATE APPROVALS

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

American National University campuses are authorized by the following state agencies:
StateCampus
Virginia CampusesAmerican 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.
Tennessee CampusesThe Bartlett 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.
Kentucky CampusesAmerican National University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer all programs at the Lexington, Louisville, and Pikeville. ANU Online is also licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer online degrees.
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