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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

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.

RNs have two options for pre-licensure programs. The first option is to earn an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) at a technical school or community college. This is a great way to become an RN quickly since ADN programs typically only take two years to complete, but many nurses with associate’s degrees will return to school after embarking upon their careers to pursue bachelor’s degrees. Earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is the second option. Although BSN programs take four years to complete, RNs with bachelor’s degrees are advantaged on the job market, are often eligible for higher wages, and tend to have more responsibility in the workplace.

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Some of the major employers for registered nurses in Alaska are PeaceHealth and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To help you select the program that’s right for you, we’ve compiled the below list of the top registered nursing programs in Alaska.


University of Alaska Anchorage
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Charter College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Alaska Career College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

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University of Alaska Southeast
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
AVTEC - Alaska's Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing