There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Alaska. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in Alaska, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Alaska nursing license. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Alaska, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
APRNs must provide evidence of 15 contact hours of education in advanced pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy within the last two years prior to application for authority. APRNs may need to meet a number of other requirements. Refer to the state’s nursing regulations before application.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Alaska
Master’s degree or higher from an approved graduate nurse education program
60 hours of continuing education within the last two years prior to application; or for recent graduates, your transcript may be used towards the 60 hours
Certification Required: Certification as an APRN in the specialty consistent with nursing education from a national certifying body recognized by the Alaska Board of Nursing.
Renewal: APRN licenses lapse on November 30 of even-numbered years with the exception of new licenses issued within 90 days of this date. APRN authorization is not renewed until RN license has been renewed. A national certification must be held and maintained in order to renew APRN license authorization.
Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.
Licensure by Endorsement: Applicants already an RN in another state may be able to apply for licensure in Alaska by endorsement; submitting their verification of license directly or through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Applicants must also be able to confirm at least 320 hours of employment in nursing capacity within the last two years prior to application.
Renewal: RN licenses lapse on November 30 of even-numbered years with the exception of new licenses issued within 90 days of this date.