General Information

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

Accreditations - Authorizations - Approvals

Regional Accreditation

National American University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604, https://www.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 services advisor 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 student services advisor 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 student services advisor 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 Health Information Technology accreditor of National American University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). NAU’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2021.  All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org. Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

The paralegal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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 may offer online higher education programs to students residing in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

National American University does not offer online higher education programs to students residing in Arkansas, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

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.