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In Alaska, there are many opportunities available to nurses at all levels, from certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to registered nurses (RNs) to a number of specialty fields. Below you can see a brief synopsis of some of the opportunities available in the Anchorage area.

Certified nursing assistant
Becoming a CNA is the quickest and easiest way to launch a career in the nursing field. You only need a high school diploma to become a nursing assistant; however, you’ll be more competitive on the job market if you have completed an accredited CNA program at a technical school or community college. CNA programs typically only last several weeks to a few months. CNAs are responsible for assisting other nurses, and helping patients with everyday needs like eating, bathing, and getting dressed. They also may perform some clerical tasks, records keeping, and keeping supplies stocked. CNAs in the Anchorage area can expect to earn around $35,000 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse
Licensed practical nurses must complete a 12-to-18 month program at a technical school or community college, and pass an exam at the end of the program. This prepares them to provide for a higher level of patient care and to oversee CNAs. LPNs in the Anchorage area can expect to earn around $52,000 per year.

Registered nurse
Registered nurses must complete either a two-year associate’s degree program or a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Both the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree prepare future registered nurses to plan, implement, and assess a high level of patient care, and oversee a team of other nurses and support staff. RNs in the Anchorage area can expect to earn around $83,400 per year.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs in Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage nursing schools by NCLEX score

Alaska Career College
1415 East Tudor Road | Anchorage, Alaska 99507
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Charter College
2221 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 120 | Anchorage, Alaska 99508
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive | Anchorage, Alaska 99508
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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