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.
Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Associate Degree

American National University

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As businesses become increasingly dependent on technological advances each year, the need for well-trained IT professionals also continues to increase. Your associate's degree in network support can help prepare you for a successful entry-level career in information technology.

Our industry-certified instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed both in the classroom and in your career. They work one-on-one with you to develop your creative problem-solving skills and focus on today's industry-recognized certifications so you are prepared to hit the ground running in your career.

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American National University

Our Business Administration Accounting program is designed to train junior executives and paraprofessional accounting personnel. As a graduate of this program will have s ... [+]

Launch Your Business Career by the Numbers

For any business, accounting is a crucial function used to monitor performance and as a basis for critical decisions. Qualified accountants are in demand¹ from companies across the spectrum of corporate, government and non-profits; and the field of accounting continues to grow even in a slow economy.

American National University’s associate’s degree program in Accounting² exposes you to all the fundamentals in the field of accounting, including courses in economics, financial accounting, cost analysis, financial reporting and business law.

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration–Accounting or Management, this associate’s degree program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for employment as a bookkeeper, accounting clerk, or auditing clerk.... [-]

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American National University

Our Business Administration Management program provides students with business training in general administrative skills as well as a diversified background in business m ... [+]

Advance Your Career in the World of Business

Interested in business, but not sure which area to pursue? Then the Business Administration Management associate’s degree program¹ may be right for you by laying the groundwork of business practices and professional skills.

By taking courses in economics, accounting, sales and contract law, human resource management, organizational management and leadership, marketing and principles of management, you will gain a broad view of business fundamentals. The business administration management associate’s degree program will give you the opportunity to test the waters of the business field before choosing your next education or career path. You’ll also gain a sense for which industries hold the most promise, and which areas of specialization (such as finance, product development, or marketing) may interest you most.... [-]

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American National University

The Multimedia Production program prepares graduates for employment in radio, television, audio-visual, social media, and other multimedia areas. Students completing this ... [+]

Telling the Story Through Media

There's a growing demand for:

Social media managers Video conferencing specialists Multimedia production professionals

The Multimedia Production Program is the perfect fit for students looking to start a career in digital media. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function in an entry level position in a variety of multimedia fields. Students will be able to produce multimedia content that demonstrates communication skills and technical aptitude based on industry accepted standards.

Be prepared for employment in:

Radio Television Audio/visual Social media and other multimedia areas ... [-]
USA Lexington
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American National University

As businesses become increasingly dependent on technological advances each year, the need for well-trained IT professionals also continues to increase. Your associate's d ... [+]

The Essential Link to any Business

As businesses become increasingly dependent on technological advances each year, the need for well-trained IT professionals also continues to increase. Your associate's degree in network support can help prepare you for a successful entry-level career in information technology.

Our industry-certified instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed both in the classroom and in your career. They work one-on-one with you to develop your creative problem-solving skills and focus on today's industry-recognized certifications so you are prepared to hit the ground running in your career.

In this program you will gain both the skills and hands-on experience needed to sit for the following certifications:... [-]

USA Salem USA Online
September 2019
English
Full-time
80 weeks
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American National University

Our ABA approved Paralegal program provides the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, procedural law, drafting of legal documents, and research. ... [+]

Paralegal Associate’s Degree

Be an Integral Part of the Legal Team

Paralegals play a crucial role in the practice of the legal profession. While lawyers are ultimately responsible for legal work, paralegals provide many key tasks in the preparation of cases and documents.

American National University’s (ANU) Paralegal associate’s degree program¹ can provide you with the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, procedural law, drafting of legal documents, and the research skills necessary for career success.

The paralegal associate’s degree program at American National University is approved by the A.B.A. (American Bar Association), an important credential for most legal employers.... [-]

USA Roanoke
September 2019
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80 weeks
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Certificate

American National University

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Paralegal Studies Certificate Be a Valuable Asset with a Paralegal Education

Paralegals, whether they are employed on a full, part-time, or contracted basis, are increasingly in demand by corporate, government agencies, law firms, and other organizations because of the specific legal skills and knowledge they possess, making them indispensable to attorneys and the legal system.

American National University's Certificate in Paralegal Studies program - approved by the American Bar Association - is designed exclusively for students and professionals who have previously earned an Associate's or Bachelor's degree:

recent college graduates seeking a legal career or stepping stone to law school experience professionals seeking a career change to the legal industry ... [-]
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September 2019
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Diploma

American National University

Our Accounting program is designed to meet the need for training in fundamental business practices with an emphasis on general accounting and business principles. ... [+]

It All Adds Up To A Great Career

Accounting technicians take care of financial bookkeeping, handle payroll and maintain accounts payable or accounts receivable activity.

American National University’s Accounting diploma program¹ is designed to prepare you to become proficient in fundamental business practices with an emphasis on general accounting and business principles.

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing an associate’s degree in Business Administration Accounting or Management, this diploma program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for entry-level employment as a payroll clerk, accounting technician, or general office clerk.... [-]

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American National University

Our Business Administration program is designed to prepare you with the basic knowledge of business concepts required for today’s ever-changing business environment and t ... [+]

Find Your Fit in the Growing Field of Business

If you want to be in the thick of helping businesses flourish, advance your career by earning a diploma in Business Administration. Business Administration is a popular field for many – for good reasons. It offers the broadest view of business operations, giving you a foundation of knowledge you can put to work in many different career paths.

American National University’s Business Administration diploma program¹ is designed to prepare you with the basic knowledge of business concepts required for today’s ever-changing business environment. Through the knowledge, skills, and confidence gained in this program, you will be ready for entry-level positions in a variety of business environments.... [-]

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