Kaplan University was established in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce. Today, the University consists of 11 campuses across Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland, and Maine. They also have numerous Kaplan University Learning Centers throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, and Missouri.
Kaplan University is based at the campus in Davenport, Iowa and has an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, according to the 2011-2012 Academic Report published by the University. This campus gained accreditation in 1997 from a regionally recognized accrediting organization.
Kaplan University offers online certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in arts and sciences, business, criminal justice (additional police academy training and education may be required for law enforcement jobs), education, health sciences, legal studies, nursing, technology, and law through Concord Law School. Some of the specific degrees students can choose from include a Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing — RN-to-BSN, Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science, Master of Science in Information Technology, and many more.
Completing courses and programs online allow students the flexibility and convenience of working on their assignments whenever and wherever they want. Many programs incorporate opportunities to gain real-world experience through externships. Their interactive classrooms allow students to communicate with one another through email and message boards, and easily access their assignments, materials, and any other information they need for the course. The Kaplan University Online Library contains more than 50,000 e-books, as well as extensive catalogs of journals, articles, and multimedia files that students can use to research.