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Alaska Nursing Schools

Accredited Nursing Schools in Alaska

In Alaska and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Alaska accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Alaska campus locations, then request free information from any or all Alaska nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Alaska Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Alaska Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Alaska

RNs: All registered nurses in Alaska must first complete a nursing education by earning a nursing diploma from a nursing school, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. It should be taken into consideration, however, that most major health care facilities now prefer nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree-level education in the field. After completing one of these approved programs, prospective nurses must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Before taking this examination prospective nurses must be fingerprinted for official records. There are approximately 5,010 RNs working in the state. Every two years, all RNs must apply for a nursing license renewal in order to ensure continued competency. To qualify for a renewal, RNs must complete two of the following: 30 contact hours of continuing education, 30 hours of participation in professional activities, or 320 hours of employment.

LPNs: There are approximately 590 LPNs in Alaska. All LPNs must successfully complete a state-approved nursing education program. Many of these types of programs are available at technical schools and community colleges and last about one year. Some high schools and hospitals may also offer LPN nursing courses. After completing a nursing program, prospective LPNs must be fingerprinted for official records and take the NCLEX-PN examination. LPN licenses expire on September 30th of even-numbered years and must be renewed to ensure continued competency. To qualify for renewal LPNs must complete two of the following: 30 contact hours of continuing education, 30 hours of participation in professional activities, or 320 hours of employment.

The Best Cities in Alaska for Nursing Jobs

  • Anchorage. As the largest city in Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage has an estimated population of 286,174, according to the 2009 census. With over 40 percent of the state’s population living within this city, it is no surprise that it is one of the best places to find a nursing job in Alaska. Anchorage has a strong and diverse economy and acts as Alaska’s hub for the communication, transportation, finance, trade, and health care industries.
    • RNs: Anchorage employs approximately 3,590 RNs, with the average salary coming to $75,500 annually.
    • LPNs: Anchorage employs approximately 300 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $46,050 annually.
  • Fairbanks. Second to Anchorage in population, Fairbanks serves as the gateway to Alaska’s Interior and Arctic. Natural resources such as oil, gas, gold, and coal contribute to its diverse economy along with The University of Alaska Fairbanks, which is the oldest collage in the state. Given its location, Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth to view the Northern Lights which can be clearly seen more than 200 days of the year.
    • RNs: Fairbanks employs approximately 200 RNs, with the average salary coming to $69,440 annually.
    • LPNs: Fairbanks employs approximately 100 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $45,450 annually.
  • Southeast Alaska. Commonly referred to as the Alaska Panhandle, the southeast part of this state is not recognized so much for its population as it is for its beauty. Known for breathtaking scenery and diverse terrain, the majority of the land here is a part of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the country. In the Southeast you will find Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, as well as other major cities like Ketchikan and Sitka which are among the most populated in the region and thrive due to industries such as transportation, fishing, and tourism.
    • RNs: Southeast Alaska employs approximately 500 RNs, with the average salary coming to $66,600 annually.
    • LPNs: Southeast Alaska employs approximately 80 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $49,700 annually.

Major Hospitals in Alaska

  • Providence Alaska Medical Center. For over 100 years Providence Health System has been providing health care services across Alaska. Today, the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage is the largest hospital in the state and the largest employer with 3,630 employees and 541 active medical staff members. The Medical Center provides a wide range of services through its specialty centers, children’s hospital, and psychiatric emergency department. It has been recognized among the top 20 most beautiful hospitals in the United States by as well as named one of the top 100 best companies to work for by Working Mother Magazine.
  • Alaska Native Medical Center. Since 1897 ANMC has been offering comprehensive health care to Alaska Native and American Indian people. People come to Anchorage from all over the state to receive care at this Certified as a Level II Trauma Center, the only trauma center in the state to achieve this high level of care. It has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence being awarded the Magnet designation which is the highest honor in nursing. ANMC is the only hospital in Alaska and only Tribal hospital in the United States to receive this honor.
  • Alaska Regional Hospital. For over 40 years Alaska Regional Hospital has been providing the anchorage area with a wide array of services to fulfill their medical needs. ARH is home to Alaska’s designated Shriners clinic facility and provides specialty care through its various centers including Neuroscience Center, Cancer Care Center, Cardiovascular Services, Orthopedic and Spine Center, and Stroke Center. With over 1,000 employees and a medical staff of over 450 independent practitioners, this hospital is dedicated to providing a wide range of high quality health care services not only to the community but entire state.
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. For over 30 years Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has been providing the Fairbanks community with quality health care services in areas such as cancer care, diabetes, and heart care. One thing that makes FMH unique is its Denali Center which follows the Eden Alternative philosophy that transforming care environments into human habitats purposed to promote the quality of life. This comprehensive short- and long-term care facility was designed using neighborhood-like architectural style and beautiful landscaping to create a homelike atmosphere for patients.
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital. Bartlett Regional Hospital has been serving Juneau and other communities located in Northern Southeast Alaska since 1965. BRH provides a broad range of services through various departments including the Rainforest Recovery Center, Bartlett Beginnings Family Birth Center, Critical Care Unit, and Behavioral Health Unit. This hospital is dedicated to providing attentive patient care through over 100 licensed nursing staff, which is dedicated to professionalism, flexibility, and improvement.

University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Nursing Degree Programs: ASN, BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1954
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
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