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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

American National University provides opportunities for individuals who are seeking to achieve their career goals by offering credential and degree programs through distance education and blended learning. American National University is dedicated to ensuring adult students have access to quality programs in career focused disciplines that provide the skills needed to be competitive in today’s changing marketplace.

  • Offer credential and degree programs focused on preparing students to be competitive in the current marketplace.
  • Integrate soft skills and practical knowledge students need to be effective in their chosen career.
  • Assist students in achieving their academic goals through proactive support and encouragement.
  • Maximize the use of current technologies to offer accessible and relevant academic programs.
  1. Enhance students’ educational experience in credential and degree programs to meet current marketplace needs in business, information technology, health science, and paralegal professional fields through efficient and effective access to quality curricula, learning resources, equipment, and facilities.
  2. Facilitate a learning environment that promotes the development of skills needed for students to be successful in professional settings while encouraging students to express their own ideas and respect the ideas of others.
  3. Engage students through the delivery of well-developed and relevant curricula that allows students to achieve the stated program outcomes.
  4. Support students from their enrollment to beyond graduation by providing individualized and interactive career services.
  5. Employ appropriately qualified faculty to deliver practical and theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities that motivate students to learn and achieve their educational goals.
  6. Develop a collaborative culture of continuous improvement that puts students first and allows the University to consistently strive for educational and operational excellence.


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).

* DEAC website, “Discover DEAC,” quoted 11/13/2020.  https://www.deac.org/Discover-DEAC/Heading.aspx

** DEAC Accreditation Handbook, Part One, p. 6, quoted 11/13/2020.  https://www.deac.org/UploadedDocuments/Handbook/Accreditation-Handbook-Part-One.pdf

*** DEAC Accreditation Handbook, Part One, p. 7, quoted 11/13/2020.  https://www.deac.org/UploadedDocuments/Handbook/Accreditation-Handbook-Part-One.pdf

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.

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
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.
PikevilleDegree Type
NursingAssociate of Science
Medical AssistingAssociate of Science
Phlebotomy & ECG TechnicianDiploma
LouisvilleDegree Type
Health Information ManagementAssociate of Science
Medical Billing and CodingDiploma

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

Licensed by Kentucky Board of Nursing


  • Kentucky Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure
Paralegal Certificate/Associate’s Degree




Approved 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)


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

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

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:
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 Louisville and Pikeville campuses. ANU Online is also licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer online degrees.
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