The American Sentinel University, founded in February 2006, is a private, for-profit online university with offices located in Denver, Colorado and Birmingham, Alabama. It was created after three nationally accredited institutions specializing in two very different fields (Computer/Information Technology and Management) merged, and resulted in a university whose educational expertise naturally became programs under those two fields of study. Currently, the university has expanded its offerings to include other fields of studies, most notably in the field of healthcare. This has led to an increased enrollment so that the American Sentinel University now has more than 2000 students enrolled, which is more than the 1600 plus students that have graduated since it opened 6 years ago.
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Degrees and programs currently available at the American Sentinel University include degree programs in technology such as Associate in Geographic Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Software Development, Geographic Information Systems, Information Security, Information Systems, Information Technology, Networking, Management Information Systems, and Master in Computer Science and in Information Systems. Available business-related programs include a BS degree in Business Administration, an MBA, and an MS in Business Intelligence. Health Care programs include RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MS in Nursing, MBA in Health Care, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leadership. The following industry certification programs are also offered by the university: Cisco®, CompTIA®, Microsoft®, and PMP®.
American Sentinel University also offers all of its Master’s degree programs as online programs. This makes it easier for students who want to advance their careers to do so without having to worry too much about conflicts with work schedule.
Tuition for all undergraduate degree programs, except for the RN to BSN, is $350 per credit hour. Tuition for the RN to BSN program is $380 per credit hour. Tuition for Master’s degree programs range from $420 to $460 per credit hour, and is $570 for the Doctoral program. Note that the above tuition rates do not include other fees such as late course fees, testing fees, resource fees, etc.
Financial assistance is offered by the university to its students in the form of Federal student financial aid, payment plans, employer reimbursement, and military benefits.
Proud of its military-friendly reputation, the American Sentinel University offers discounted tuition rates for military members and their spouses. For undergraduate programs (except BS Nursing) tuition for active military personnel is only $250 and $265 for non-active-duty personnel. For the BS Nursing program and Master’s degree programs (except MS Nursing) tuition for active military personnel is only $260, and $290/305 for non-active-duty personnel. Tuition for MS Nursing is $280 and $325 per credit hour for active-duty and non-active duty personnel respectively. All military personnel also get an automatic $75 book grant per course when enrolled in any undergraduate degree program at the university.
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The American Sentinel University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). In addition to this, the university’s nursing education undergraduate and graduate programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).