Kaplan University is the doing business as name of the Iowa College Acquisition Corporation, a company that owns and operates independent, private, for-profit colleges. Kaplan University is predominantly a distance learning institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The name comes from Stanley Kaplan, whom founded Kaplan Test Prep..
Kaplan University offers associates, bachelors and masters degrees as well as certificates in fields such as education, business, information technology, arts and sciences, healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, and law. Kaplan serves more than 48,000 online and on-campus students. While Kaplan University is based in Davenport, Iowa, the main administration building is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to eight campuses in Iowa and Nebraska, Kaplan has online student support centers in Florida, Illinois and Arizona. Kaplan has more than 2,200 instructors, professors and administrators.
The American Institute of Commerce was established in 1937 before changing its name to Quest College. In November 2000, Quest College's name was changed to Kaplan College after Kaplan, Inc. acquired it with the purchase of Quest Education Corporation. In September 2004, Kaplan College officially changed its name to Kaplan University after it was granted permission to offer graduate-level degree programs.
The University’s School of Nursing was awarded a national professional accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in April 2006 from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In October 2007, all seven Iowa and Nebraska-based Hamilton College (Iowa) campuses merged with Kaplan University and are now operating under the Kaplan University brand. Concord Law School merged with Kaplan University in October 2007 changing its name to Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Concord is not recognized by the American Bar Association, which does not accredit online institutions, although students with non-ABA-accredited law degrees are allowed to take California's bar examination and practice law once admitted to the bar.