University of Antelope Valley

Not to be confused with Antelope Valley College.
University of Antelope Valley
University of Antelope Valley logo.jpg
Type private, for-profit
President Marco Johnson
Students 1,146
Undergraduates 853
Location Lancaster, California, United States
34°41′01″N 118°08′07″W / 34.6835°N 118.1353°W / 34.6835; -118.1353Coordinates: 34°41′01″N 118°08′07″W / 34.6835°N 118.1353°W / 34.6835; -118.1353
Athletics NAIA Region II
California Pacific Conference

The University of Antelope Valley (UAV) is a regionally accredited private, for-profit university in Lancaster, California. It offers a variety of masters, bachelors, and associate degrees, as well as continuing education courses.



The school was founded as Antelope Valley Medical College in 1997 by retired Los Angeles City firefighter / paramedic Marco Johnson and his wife Sandra as a school teaching community CPR, first aid, EMT and other medical training.[1] In 2009 the school was accredited by the United States Department of Education and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and began granting associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees and became the University of Antelope Valley. In 2016 the University of Antelope Valley received its regional accreditation with WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


UAV offers eight associate degrees. It also offers three bachelor's degree programs: Business Management, Criminal Justice, and an online program in Nursing (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Three master's degrees are granted, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Master of Education. A variety of certification programs, mostly in medical fields, are available. UAV is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC), Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).[2] UAV's Paramedic Program is only 1 of 4 programs approved in Los Angeles County.[3]

In the month of September 2011, the university offered to pay $2,000 to employers that hired an alumnus.[4]


The University of Antelope Valley's athletic teams are known as the Pioneers. The UAV Pioneers started competing as an independent in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics during the 2004–05 school year.[5] Antelope Valley will be joining the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) for the 2015-16 school year.[5] The school currently offers cross country, soccer, softball, and baseball, with plans to begin men's basketball and men's volleyball in 2015–16.[5] The school began its Women's Volleyball Program in August 2015 with 2015-2016 being its inaugural season.

Notable GraduatesEdit

Randy J Reynoso,Eric Orlando, Terry Hobson, Mark Notterman, Justina Gallardo, Anthony Warner, Anne Bashaw, and H. Lamant Jordan are among the most well known graduates.


  1. ^ "UAV History". University of Antelope Valley. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
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  3. ^ "LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Li, Shan (September 7, 2011). "For-profit University of Antelope Valley has a deal for employer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Antelope Valley to Join the Cal Pac Conference in Fall 2015". California Pacific Conference. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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