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ANU Accreditation

NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

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American National University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award on-campus and online degrees. The university has maintained its 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.

+ Who is ACICS

Founded in 1912, the ACICS is an internationally recognized accrediting body that accredits more than 800 colleges and schools in the United States and over a dozen other countries. ACICS is one of only six national accreditors and six regional accreditors that meet the demanding standards for recognition by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 

+ 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 ACICS, 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 ACICS, 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 such as the U.S. Department of Education or 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>>

1 http://www.chea.org/pdf/fact_sheet_4_frame_trans_02.pdf

 

+ ACICS Accreditation by Campus and Degree Level

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 ACICS to award Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, and diplomas.

All other locations are accredited by ACICS to award Associate’s degrees and diplomas.

 

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.

+ Programs with programmatic accreditation

Program

Professional Accrediting Body

Certification(s)

Campus(es)

Emergency Technology –Paramedic

Accredited by CAAHHEP upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

  • Virginia State Paramedic Licensure
  • National Registered Paramedic (NRP)

ESL Program

CEA logo

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
80 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 665-3400
www.cea-accredit.org

 

Health Information Management

CAHIIM logo

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Medical Assisting

Commission 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)

Nursing

Kentucky Board of Nursing

 

  • Kentucky Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure
  • Pikeville, KY

Paralegal Certificate/Associate’s Degree

American Bar Association

 

RN to BSN

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791

The baccalaureate degree in nursing is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

Surgical Technology

Accredited by CAAHHEP upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North.,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

 

 

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:

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.

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.

West Virginia Campuses

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.

Tennessee Campuses

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.

Ohio Campuses

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.

Indiana Campuses

 

Kentucky Campuses

American National University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer all programs at the Danville, Florence, Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, and Richmond campuses. ANU Online is also licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer online degrees.