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ANU Name Change FAQs

Why is National College changing its name to American National University?

In accordance with the strategic vision for American National University set forth in Evolution 2086, all Indiana campuses of National College plan to make the transition to American National University during the spring/summer of 2015.

American recognizes our role as a leading American institution for career-focused education for students from around the world;
National acknowledges our historical name and nationwide reputation; and
University represents our status as a graduate-level institution offering diverse academic, online, international, ESL, and corporate training programs.

What is the difference between a college and a university?

Colleges generally offer undergraduate programs while universities offer both undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to the Master of Business Administration program that is available at the Indianapolis Campus, additional graduate level programs are available through ANU Online.

What are the benefits of the change to university status?

The benefits of this change to our students are a reflection of the benefits we have been offering since 1886. We will continue to stay on top of the latest trends in the workforce to offer career-training programs in high demand fields; our programs will continue to be taught by instructors who have practical knowledge and experience working in the fields they are teaching; and the class sizes will remain small so instructors can offer one-on-one attention to the students when needed. Even though the name is changing, our 129-year tradition of educating students for full lives and successful careers will remain the same.

Has the College merged with another institution?

No; the College has not merged with another institution. We have evolved.

Will students have to pay higher tuition?

No; the tuition has not changed. Even though the name change elevates us to a University-level status, the tuition will continue to offer a competitive rate for your quality education. Indeed, the college has committed to keep tuition costs fixed at current levels through the end of June, 2016.

Will my degree/diploma say ANU or NC?

All diplomas presented at the spring 2015 commencement ceremonies in Indiana will say “American National University.”

Will my campus get new programs?

Just as we always have, American National University will continuously evaluate the workforce demands. While continuing to focus on the fundamentals of business, computers, and health care, we will expand our offerings in developing fields. We will continue our leadership in health informatics, offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in this important field. And we will continue to pursue programmatic accreditation in those fields for which such accreditation is essential as we do for current programs. In general, most new programs at the associate’s degree level will be offered at all campuses, while bachelor’s and higher programs will be offered online.

Will the name change impact the small class sizes and close relationships with instructors we enjoy?

No; although the number of program options will increase, our class sizes are not expected to grow.

Will the name change alter my student loans in any way?

No; student loans and financial aid processing will not change.


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 campus recognized as administrative sites by DEAC:

  • 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) Campus Degree Type
Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration
Cybersecurity * Master of Science
Information Technology * Master of Science
Business Administration – Accounting Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration – Management Bachelor of Business Administration
Cybersecurity * Bachelor of Science
Medical and Health Services Management Bachelor of Science
Network Administration * Bachelor of Science
Business Administration – Accounting Associate of Science
Business Administration – Management Associate of Science
Health Information Management Associate of Science
Medical Assisting Associate of Science
Network Support Associate of Science
Paralegal Associate of Science
Medical Assisting Certificate
Paralegal Studies Certificate
*STEM Programs are eligible for up to two additional years work authorization under OPT.
Louisville Degree Type
Medical Assisting Associate of Science



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 or approvals


Program Programmatic Accreditation / Approval / Licensure Certification(s) Campus(es)
Health Information Management



The Health Information Management accreditor of American National University - Roanoke is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM). The College's accreditation for Associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Medical Assisting Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
Medical Assisting Accrediting 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)

Approved 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)


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:

State Campus
Virginia Campuses 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.
Tennessee Campuses The Nashville campus is 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 Campuses American 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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