In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders saw the need for a higher education institution focused on career-based training to meet workforce needs in the southeastern United States. Together they founded what is now known as American National University with the intent of training workers in business, banking, accounting, administration, and other skilled professions.

American National University steadily developed a reputation for providing men and women with an efficient and effective education preparing them for the world of professional work. Students from many states made the trek to Roanoke, Virginia to receive a practical education that was more focused and relevant than that offered by other colleges and universities of the time.

As the institution’s first 100 years drew to a close, however, changes had already been underway that would give the institution a different appearance even as it continued to remain true to its original purpose. Rather than bringing students from surrounding states to stay at the dormitories and large central campus in Roanoke, American National University came to them. New community-based campuses were built throughout Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. As the needs of the workforce expanded, business training was supplemented by career-focused programs in computers and health care. Certificate programs were no longer the norm—students pursued more in-depth study leading to associate’s degrees, and the University’s first baccalaureate programs were introduced.

Today, American National University and National College have developed into a masters-level institution offering more than 45 academic programs through 30 community-based locations in six states. A burgeoning eUniversity serves a growing number of students in both 100% online and blended formats, while thousands of international students have turned to National for both academic degree programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

The university’s reputation for excellence has been affirmed through numerous awards and acknowledgments, including awards for grassroots student advocacy (Association for Private Sector Colleges & Universities TOPS Award, 2012), support for veterans (Top 15% Military Friendly School, 2010-2015), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (Imagine America Foundation, 2012) recognizing American National University President Frank Longaker’s 40 years of service to the career college sector – to name just a few.

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.

Goals

  • 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.
Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Associate Degree

American National University

We offer an intensive program that includes the courses you need to receive your associate’s degree. The result is a well-rounded learning experience that prepares you to ... [+]

Be a First Responder – Help Others When They Need It Most

The Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic associate’s degree program¹ will provide you with the training you need to be a patient’s first opportunity for critical care.

Prepare for the quick, life-saving decisions you will make on a daily basis through –

Classroom discussions Practical lab and Field experience

American National University offers an intensive program that includes the courses you need to receive your associate’s degree. The result is a well-rounded learning experience that prepares you to sit for the EMT–B certification.

Our program exceeds the standards and curriculum established by the National EMS Education Standards (NEMSES) as well as the Virginia EMS Education Standards (VEMSES).... [-]

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American National University

Our Health Information Management Program (H.I.M.) is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable the graduate to manage patient's medical data and by making i ... [+]

Health Information Management Associate’s Degree Securing your Future While Protecting Patient Data

American National University's Health Information Management Program (H.I.M.) is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable the graduate to manage patient's medical data and by making it available for the healthcare provider. H.I.M. professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at each point of patient interaction; they are focused on the technical side of managing health information, working with electronic records, and software programs. The following are the domains of the profession:

Health Data Management

Health data structure, content, and standards Healthcare information requirements Clinical classification systems Reimbursement methodologies ... [-]
USA Salem USA Online
September 2020
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American National University

Our Medical Assistants are multi-talented healthcare professionals, skilled in performing routine clinical and administrative procedures for healthcare settings such as p ... [+]

Patient Care from Phlebotomy to Empathy

A Medical Assistant is vital in the day-to-day work of most healthcare facilities such as doctors’ offices, immediate care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals. Medical Assistants perform both hands-on patient care (such as taking blood pressure and drawing blood) as well as taking a patient’s medical history. Medical Assistants also handle administrative and clerical duties, including answering the phone and scheduling appointments.

As a Medical Assistant student at American National University, you will participate in clinical laboratory classes where you can apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and build real-world skills today’s employers are looking for. You will also participate in a mandatory externship, which offers further opportunities to apply learned skills and competencies. Our hands-on medical assistant training will give you the experience and confidence to succeed in one of the fastest-growing occupations.²... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
September 2020
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American National University

Our Associate Degree in Nursing is designed to provide you the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of healthcare settings, whether it is nursing in the community, h ... [+]

Making a Difference One Patient at a Time

This program¹ is designed to provide you the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of healthcare settings, whether it being a registered nurse in the community, health information, or education.

Through a blended curriculum of lecture, labs, and clinical training, you will develop the skills you need to be successful.

As a student, you will:

Develop basic skills as a nurse. Gain knowledge to function effectively in a healthcare setting and meet professional healthcare standards. Learn how to act quickly in order to react to patient needs. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the lifespan. ... [-]
USA Pikeville
September 2020
English (US)
Full time
99 weeks
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American National University

Our Pharmacy Technician degree program is designed to provide you with knowledge, laboratory skills, and field experience so that you can assist pharmacists in providing ... [+]

Being on the Rx Side of Healthcare

If you’re looking for a pharmacist school that’s a perfect fit for you, this associate’s degree is designed to provide you with knowledge, laboratory skills, and field experience so that you can assist pharmacists in providing medication and other healthcare products to patients. Students will gain an understanding of medical and pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, pharmacy record keeping, pharmaceutical techniques, and pharmacy law and ethics. In addition, a 120-hour externship placement is required so students receive hands-on experience in a pharmacy practice site.

Students completing the program are prepared to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technical (CPhT) exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).... [-]

USA USA Online Roanoke
September 2020
English (US)
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80 weeks
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American National University

Our Surgical Technology program is designed to provide you with the technical skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment as a member of a surgical healthcar ... [+]

Be Part of a Surgical Team Vital to Patient Care

American National University’s Surgical Technology associate’s degree program¹ is designed to provide you with the technical skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment as a member of a surgical healthcare team.

Through a blended curriculum of lecture, labs, and clinical training, you will develop the necessary medical and technical skills you need to be successful.

As a student in the Surgical Technology program, you will:

Become knowledgeable on current operating and delivery room procedures. Learn how to work in high-pressure situations. Gain first-hand experience in a healthcare setting. Complete a surgical externship placement. ... [-]
USA Salem
September 2020
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American National University

The Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing Associate degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the Surgical Services Department as integra ... [+]

Be Part of a Surgical Team Vital to Patient Care

The Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing Associate degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the Surgical Services Department as integral professional operating room (OR) team members who provide surgical care to patients during perioperative case management. Surgical Technology students will combine knowledge of surgical instrumentation, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology, and critical thinking, to assist the OR team in surgical procedures.

Through a blended curriculum of lecture, labs, and clinical training, you will develop the necessary medical and technical skills you need to be successful.... [-]

USA Lexington
September 2020
English (US)
Full time
90 weeks
Campus
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BSc

American National University

You will become competent in leadership and management skills, research, informatics, healthcare policy, community and public health. A baccalaureate prepared registered ... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Completion Program

You will become competent in leadership and management skills, research, informatics, healthcare policy, community, and public health.

A baccalaureate prepared registered nurse is a provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and a member of the nursing profession. To prepare the graduate for advancement in their career, the BSN program provides a well-rounded education including concepts of interprofessional teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, informatics, clinical reasoning/critical thinking, genetics and genomics, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and practice across the lifespan in a dynamic and complex healthcare environment.... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
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Bachelor

American National University

The Medical and Health Services Management bachelor's degree provides health care practitioners, holding an associate's degree in an allied health field, with the skills ... [+]

Medical and Health Services Management

Take Your Career to the Next Level

The Medical and Health Services Management bachelor's degree provides health care practitioners, holding an associate's degree in an allied health field, with the skills and competencies needed to function as managers and supervisors in healthcare settings.

Learn from industry-experienced faculty who have firsthand understanding of the strategies, tactics, and every-day demands of their field.

The program core provides a foundation in management and human resources, as well as specifics on healthcare law and bioethics, quality improvement, project management, economics, evidence-based practice and research, policy, and leadership. Specializations allow customization of the program to your chosen career path, with each specialization offering electives in teaching and adult learning:... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
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Certificate

American National University

Our Medical Assistants are multi-talented healthcare professionals, skilled in performing routine clinical and administrative procedures for healthcare settings such as p ... [+]

Medical Assisting Certificate

The Medical Assisting Certificate is designed to give students the basic clinical and administrative skills to enter the field of medical assisting. The practical and comprehensive coursework will include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, administering injections, performing EKGs, and venipuncture.

Save Time & Money

American National University’s progressive learning format saves you time and money by allowing you to get into the workforce more quickly while providing you with an opportunity to seamlessly pursue higher levels of academic achievement.

The certificate in medical assisting is 100% transferable to the associate’s degree in medical assisting, yet still provides the knowledge and skills necessary to begin earning in as few as 10 months.... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
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Diploma

American National University

The Central Service Sterile Processing Technician diploma program is your on-ramp to one of the most exciting career fields in health care. Not only are Central Service/ ... [+]

The First Step to an Exciting Health Care Career

The Central Service Sterile Processing Technician diploma program is your on-ramp to one of the most exciting career fields in health care. Not only are Central Service/Sterile Processing Technicians an integral part of the healthcare field, this diploma is a required component of the Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing associate’s degree program and Surgical First Assistant certificate program. The Central Service Sterile Processing Technician Diploma Program is your first step toward a career in the operating room (OR).

Course areas include: Microbiology (lab course) Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing I & II Anatomy & Physiology I & II (lab courses) Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing Clinical Introduction to Perioperative Surgical Services ... [-]
USA Lexington
September 2020
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American National University

Our Medical Billing and Coding program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the functions of a medical biller and coder and to un ... [+]

Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

Provide Specialized Patient Care After the Medical Procedure

If the business side of the healthcare field holds an interest for you, a diploma in medical billing and coding may be for you. Medical coding specialists and medical front office staff play a vital role in the healthcare industry. The duties performed include medical insurance billing and coding, completing and submitting medical insurance forms, creating and maintaining medical charts, preparing reports and correspondence, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients.

This diploma program¹ is designed to provide you with the skills to work as either a medical biller or a medical coder, or you may choose to incorporate both career paths as some employers prefer having one person capable of performing both functions.... [-]

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American National University

Our Medical Office Professional program will provide you the skills necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of a medical office environment. Common responsibilities ... [+]

Keeping a Healthy Pulse on the Front Office

American National University’s Medical Office Professional diploma program¹ will provide you the skills necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of a medical office environment. You will help medical professionals by greeting and scheduling patients, filing insurance claims, ordering supplies, managing office correspondence, and performing general accounting and bookkeeping duties.

Through a blended curriculum of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you can receive a practical education designed to prepare you to work as a medical office professional.

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing an associate’s degree in medical assisting, this diploma program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for entry-level employment as a medical secretary, medical receptionist, or patient coordinator.... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
September 2020
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30 weeks
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American National University

Our Pharmacy Technician diploma program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, laboratory skills, and field experience required for entry-level employment as a ph ... [+]

Provide a Connection between Patients and Their Medicines

Pharmacy Technicians play an important role in helping people live healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

American National University’s pharmacy technician diploma program¹ is designed to provide you with knowledge, laboratory skills, and field experience to prepare you for entry-level a position as a pharmacy technician.

Upon completing the pharmacy technician diploma program you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing an associate’s degree in medical assisting, this diploma program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for entry-level employment in a pharmacy at a retail or healthcare facility as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy aide.... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
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American National University

American National University’s Phlebotomy/ECG Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers as a phlebotomist and/or ECG technicians. As a phlebotomist, ... [+]

Phlebotomy + ECG Program. Phlebotomists are in Demand.

Phlebotomists are Vital Members of Clinical Lab Teams

A career in Phlebotomy has been rated one of U.S. News and World Report’s "Best Jobs"!

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, or health facilities for analysis and medical use. The Phlebotomy/ECG Program1 at ANU is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers as a phlebotomist and/or ECG technician. In this program, you will also learn to perform diagnostic tests to assess a patient’s heart rhythm and rate and record the electrocardiogram (ECG). These two skills are key components of working in medical support at most healthcare facilities.... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
September 2020
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MSc

American National University

You’ve transformed the lives of your patients – now it’s time for you to take your experience and transform the future of healthcare. With more than three million members ... [+]

You’ve transformed the lives of your patients – now it’s time for you to take your experience and transform the future of healthcare.

With more than three million members, nurses represent the largest segment of workers in the U.S. healthcare workforce. Every nurse is in a unique position of leadership that impacts the direction and future of the healthcare system. With an aging population, increased access to insurance, and greater intersection between the fields of management, information technology, and healthcare, there is a real need for nurses who will rise up as leaders within the healthcare field as:

Specializations Clinical Nurse Leaders: who will champion and improve patient care Nurse Educators: who will raise up the next generation of leaders and caretakers in the nursing field. Nurse Administrators: taking the lead in administration and management of healthcare facilities and teams Nurse Informaticists: streamlining communications and improving data collection for improved care and research ... [-]
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