The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public university in Anchorage, Alaska. The university is the biggest institution of higher learning in Alaska.
Its roots go back in history to 1950 when Dr. Terris Moore, the then president of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, wanted to merge higher education opportunities to other areas in the state.
The University of Alaska commenced courses in 1961 at Anchorage. It covers eight academic divisions: –
- Health Sciences
- The colleges of Education
- Public Policy
- Arts and Sciences
- School of Nursing
- School of Engineering
- Graduate School and School of Social Work.
The divisions offer bachelor’s, master’s and associate, degree programs plus professional and vocational and certificates in over 150 major fields, such as science, arts, human services, education, and business.
SCHOOL OF NURSING
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Nursing endeavors to get ready students for present and future health care professionals in Alaska.
It makes every effort to meet the excellent health care needs of the state. The Associate of Applied Science degree is a two-year program that prepares its graduates to take the NCLEX and gain a license as registered nurses in Alaska.
This associate degree program trains students to give direct nursing care to a diverse population and patients in both inpatient and outpatient services.
The Associate program takes about two years of full-time admission and students study about nursing theory and comprehensive clinical experiences in clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes.
The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges of Alaska Anchorage and is the only nursing school approved by the Alaska Nursing Board.
It also has distance learning classes for Associate of Applied Science undergraduates at 13 cities across Alaska:
- Fairbanks Ketchikan
- Kotzebue Nome
Total program cost is estimated at $25,500.00.
Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
Students may complete the AAS in Nursing program in two academic years (four semesters). Admission to the clinical sequence is determined by a ranking process; admission is selective and admission requirements must be completed prior to February 1.
Students are encouraged to submit an application to the university by August to ensure complete processing of the application and transcript evaluation by February 1.
Students are encouraged to complete prerequisite courses while waiting for admission to the clinical sequence.
In order to have a student file ranked for possible admission to the nursing sequence, the following items must be completed no later than February 1:
- UAA Certificate of Admission from the Office of Admissions, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any). Documentation from transcripts must show successful completion of the following courses with grades of C or above: algebra, biology with laboratory, and chemistry with laboratory. Courses may have been taken at the high school or college level. Equivalent college-level courses in lieu of high school courses are MATH A055, BIOL A102and BIOL A103, and CHEM A055.
- Attend an advising session with the School of Nursing coordinator of student affairs. Call (907) 786-4560 for a recorded message.
- School of Nursing Application and Confidential Required Information Form sent to the School of Nursing coordinator of student affairs.
- Three letters of reference sent to the School of Nursing coordinator of student affairs.
- Upon completion of items 1-4, schedule an interview with a member of the AAS Admissions Committee.
- Take the required preadmissions test through the Testing Center. Call (907) 786-4500 for specific dates and to sign up.
Upon completion of items 1-6, a student’s file is ranked based on a point system. Please contact the department for further details. Students are contacted in March with the results.
Once admitted to the associate degree clinical nursing courses, students are required to provide the following before beginning clinical coursework:
- Evidence of:
- Immunity to rubella, rubeola, and mumps confirmed by titer;
- Immunity to hepatitis A and hepatitis B, confirmed by titer (first-semester clinical students may be in the process of completing the immunization series; for those students, documentation of immunity by titer is required prior to entry into second-year courses);
- Immunity to chicken pox documented by history, titer or current immunization;
- Diphtheria/tetanus vaccination within the past 10 years (with booster required at the time of expiration);
- Freedom from active tuberculosis, documented annually by negative PPD skin test or by health examination by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant;
University of Alaska School of Nursing
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8030
Telephone: (907) 786-4550
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