Alaska Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the Union, but has a smaller population compared to other states. The remote locations of many communities in Alaska can make reaching a medical center tough, if not impossible. Nurses educated and licensed in Alaska have very good career prospects. Excitement is a part of nursing; combined with the rugged and beautiful terrain, it becomes a lifelong adventure.
Types of Nurses in Alaska
You can study to become an LPN or RN in Alaska. These are the basic nursing degrees and once fulfilled, further study can be completed to gain mid-wife or nurse practitioner status. An LPN may find employment in nursing homes, hospitals, and home health organizations. Their main duties are to provide direct medical treatments to patients. RNs are employed in the same facilities, but often are in supervisory roles. Many facilities require that a nurse be an RN for any job that includes managing other nursing staff. This includes training potential CNAs (nurse aides).
Online Nursing Courses for Alaska Residents
This state has taken strides to allow distance learning. The state's major university, University of Alaska Anchorage, provides distance learning to students in Bethel, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, Sitka, and Valdez/Cordova. Their nursing courses have been altered to fit in with electronic delivery, though clinicals must still be completed at one of the approved sites.
Alaska Nursing Schools
Nursing schools in this state provide three nursing degrees. Applied Associates of Science (AAS), Bacheolor's (BSN), and Master's Degree. The Master's degree allows an RN to further their education level to that of a Nurse Practitioner - a second Master's Degree has a different application process for nurses that already have their first Master's.
Alaska Licensing Requirements
The state does not allow nurses to practice without a license. Even licensed nurses from other states must apply for a license endorsement. All nursing students that have graduated their courses must take the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX. The exam is given by Pearson VUE (a national healthcare test provider)and the fee is $200. Alaska's nursing license is good for two years and must be renewed before the license lapses. Every applicant must provide their fingerprints which are gained by visiting your local law enforcement office.
The fees for licensing are as follows, direct from the Alaska Board of Nursing:
$ 50.00 Nonrefundable Application Fee
$175.00 Licensing Fee
$ 50.00 Temporary Permit Fee
$ 59.00 Fingerprint Processing Fee