General Information

Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School

Harold D. Buckingham, a passionate advocate for higher learning, firmly believed that quality educational opportunities and a better quality of life should exist for every person who desired them.  In 1963, Mr. Buckingham acquired National American University, then known as National School of Business, and guided its growth for many years.  More than two decades after his death in 1995, the university remains committed to his goals and ideals. In his honor, the graduate school is known as the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School.

"The success of our past greatly inspires us toward success in the future."
~ Harold D. Buckingham

Mission Statement

National American University provides innovative learning experiences in a caring and supportive environment for individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, preparing them for success in technical and professional fields.

Purpose

We create opportunities.  We empower people.  We transform lives.

Vision

An innovative university transforming your future.
Adopted by the National American University Board of Governors, October 2019

Accreditation – Approvals - Affiliations

Regional Accreditation

National American University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604, https://hlcommission.org, (800) 621-7440.

National American University is approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer programs and courses through distance education.

State Authorization

National American University is authorized to offer numerous online programs in many states, but not all states. Because authorization requirements for online postsecondary education vary from state to state, it is important to review the following information:

  • Authorized Programs – Each prospective student should first visit with an NAU enrollment counselor to confirm that NAU is authorized to offer the program in the student’s state of residence.

  • Changing Programs – Any NAU student who is considering changing to another NAU program should first visit with an NAU success coach to determine whether NAU is authorized to offer the program in the student’s state of residence.

  • Moving to Another State – Any NAU student who plans to move to another state should first visit with an NAU success coach to determine whether NAU is authorized to offer the program in the student’s new state of residence.

Specialized Accreditation

In addition, the following National American University programs are separately accredited or approved by national educational and professional associations.

National American University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kan., USA. The list of accredited business programs can be found on the IACBE website:  http://iacbe.org/memberpdf/NationalAmericanUniversity.pdf.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org.

The Medical Assisting program at Indianapolis is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program offered at Overland Park, Kan. is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) can be contacted at 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program offered at Centennial, Colo. is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA (2682). www.acoteonline.org.  The status of the Centennial program is Accreditation - Inactive.

The paralegal studies program offered at Rapid City is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Full approval was granted by the New Mexico Board of Nursing for the university's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program (Albuquerque).

Full approval was granted by the Texas Board of Nursing for the university's BSN program (Austin/Georgetown).

Full approval was granted by the South Dakota Board of Nursing for the university’s BSN program (Rapid City and Sioux Falls).

The pre and post-licensure baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at National American University are accredited as one program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Master’s degree programs in nursing at National American University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

National American University is approved for veteran's training and for administering the various educational programs sponsored by state and federal agencies.

National American University is authorized by The Indiana Commission for Higher Education/The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. Telephone number (317) 464-4400 ext. 141.

National American University is authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520, Topeka, KS  66612.  Telephone number 785-430-4240.

National American University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Telephone: (410) 767-3388.

Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

National American University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of sex, marital status, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Equal educational opportunity includes recruitment and admission; access to courses and facilities; access to academic advising, placement testing, and tutoring services; financial assistance and student employment; health and insurance services; and extracurricular programs and activities.

Questions and comments concerning the university's EEO Policy may be directed to Dr. Cindy Mathena, provost, 5301 Mount Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701, email: cmathena@national.edu, or phone: (605) 394-5098.

The Catalog

This catalog contains programs, policies, and procedures of National American University as of the date of its publication. Catalogs are also available online at www.national.edu and through the student portal.  National American University reserves the right to adopt, amend, and implement its policies and procedures as it deems appropriate and necessary, and to correct clerical errors. Under certain circumstances, National American University may grant exceptions to its policies and procedures in individual cases when it is determined, in the sole and absolute discretion of the university, that such action would be appropriate to further the mission and purposes of the university.

The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as a contract between the student and National American University.  The most current version of the catalog is the electronic version, available online.