A comprehensive listing of Alaska nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as licensed practical nursing, RN associate's degree, and bachelor's degree. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Alaska city.

Alaska is a great place to start an accessible, well-paying, and rewarding career as a registered nurse (RN). Although it is possible to become an RN through an associate’s degree program, employers strongly prefer to hire RNs with bachelor’s degrees. Earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree will not only give you a competitive advantage on the job market, but it also tends to confer higher pay and greater responsibility in the workplace.

Earning an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the quickest and easiest route to becoming a registered nurse (RN). Associate’s programs provide aspiring RNs with the training they need to get started on the job, and prepares them to pass the required NCLEX-RN exam. ADN programs are offered at technical schools and community colleges, and only take two years to complete.

The extensive training and qualifications of registered nurses (RNs) makes them highly sought after for well paying jobs. In Alaska, the number of RNs has skyrocketed because more and more employers prefer to hire RNs over other types of nurses. For example, there are ten registered nurses for every licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state. Not only are RNs in much higher demand than LPNs, but they earn an average annual salary of $83,370, while LPNs average $53,580. With that difference in job availability and pay, becoming an RN is the smart choice for aspiring nurses in Alaska.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) assist physicians and registered nurses with general patient care, taking and recording vital signs, maintaining internal health records, helping patients with everyday needs, and keeping physicians and RNs apprised of patients’ changing comfort and well-being. LPNs often work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private homes, and in many other environments, giving them great flexibility.

When you research different colleges, it’s important to take the size of the student body into consideration. Some students feel that smaller class sizes will allow them to receive more individual attention, and will enable them to more easily develop relationships with their professors. Other students are able to concentrate well, even in heavily populated classrooms and lecture halls, and are willing to forego the benefits of smaller class sizes for the greater resources and diversity of program offerings from larger schools.

Many factors contribute to the overall cost of earning a nursing degree. Generally speaking, private universities are usually the most costly. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of money you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket. By applying for and receiving grants, such financial supplements can cover as much as half of the total cost of schooling, if not more.

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