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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.


Success Stories

A Special Calling

In the Kentucky Appalachians, there are two special kinds of people who hold an almost revered status in the community: coal miners and veterans. Zelma Watson, a registered nurse and ANU RN-to-BSN student, serves both.

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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 recognized by 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 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>>



+ 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.


On December 12, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to de-recognize ACICS as a national accrediting agency became final. Following the finalization of this decision, ACICS accredited institutions have 18 months to find a new accrediting agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. This provisional recognition to maintain eligibility ends on June 12, 2018. In the unlikely event that American National University is unable to achieve accreditation from a recognized accreditor prior to the June 12, 2018 deadline, the institution will advise students on alternative options for continued funding of their education including institutional and private loans.

Any student who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at the institution, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of its former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to American National University and/or to any of the following: The Department of Education’s Student Complaint website (, the State authorizing authority, the state Office of Attorney General, the State Office of Consumer Affairs.



Authorizing Authority

Attorney General

Office of Consumer Affairs


Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio St., Suite 300 Indianapolis,
IN 46204-4206

Consumer Protection Division Office of
the Indiana Attorney General 302 W.
Washington St., 5th Floor, Indianapolis, IN  46204

Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Indiana Attny General
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN  46204


State Board of Career Colleges & Schools
30 East Broad St., Suite 2481
Columbus, OH  43215

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 East Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 East Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215


KY Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr., Suite 320,
Frankfort, KY  40601

Office of the Attorney General 700
Capitol Ave.,  Suite 118 Frankfort, KY

Consumer Protection Division
1024 Capital Center Dr.
Frankfort, KY  40601


Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Roberston Pkwy., Suite 1900
Nashville, TN  37243

Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 20207
Nashville, TN  37202-0207

Consumer Affairs
500 James Robertson Pkwy. 12th Fl
Nashville, TN  37243-0600


State Council of Higher Education for VA
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219-3659

Attorney General's Office
202 North Ninth St.
Richmond, VA  23219

Attorney General's Office
202 North Ninth St.
Richmond, VA  23219


WV Community and Technical College Sys
1018 Kanawha Blvd. E., Ste. 700
Charleston, WV  25301

Attorney General - Main Office Admin
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV  25326

Attorney General-Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV  25326



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


Professional Accrediting Body



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

  • 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


Health Information Management


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

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


Kentucky Board of Nursing


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

Paralegal Certificate/Associate’s Degree

American Bar Association



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

  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)




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 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, 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, Dayton Area 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

The South Bend campus of American National University is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education located at 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206.

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.




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