Alaska Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide to nursing schools in Alaska provides you with essential information on the undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the state. Alaska’s colleges and universities feature bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs with concentrations in family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. In addition to traditional programs in Alaska, students seeking a flexible alternative to earning a nursing degree may want to opt for an undergraduate or a graduate degree program in nursing at one of many online and traditional universities, such as Walden University and Kaplan University, both of which are profiled in the following guide.

Alaska School Facts:

  • 2 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 1 college and university offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 1 college and university offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: The University of Alaska at Anchorage 26%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: The University of Alaska at Anchorage 18%.1
  • Highest net price: The University of Alaska at Anchorage $8,943.1
  • Lowest net price: The University of Alaska Southeast $8,827.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Alaska with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $18,176 – $18,348.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

Below you will find profiles of several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Alaska and online.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Alaska

University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix provides experienced registered nurses, with an associate’s degree in nursing, the flexibility of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) entirely online through its RN to BSN program. Nursing majors will complete 47 credits in nursing requirements and electives to fulfill degree requirements. Courses cover a wide range of topics: health law and ethics, health and chronic disease management, health care informatics, and global and public health. A clinical practicum of a minimum of 25 hours is mandatory. Graduates of the program generally have the necessary qualifications to gain employment in supervisory and leadership roles.

Kaplan University
Kaplan University affords current registered nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online through its RN to BSN program. Successful applicants generally possess an associate’s degree in nursing. Nursing majors can complete the 90 credit program in as little as a year and a half. Students will complete 34 core program and 41 nursing credits in nursing research, nursing care of the older adult, and public health nursing. The program culminates in a 60-hour capstone practicum that provides students on the verge of graduation with the chance to put their new skills and knowledge to use in a clinical setting.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Alaska

University of Alaska at Anchorage
The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features concentrations in family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and nursing educator. Graduate students may pursue the MSN on a full-time or a part-time basis, with the latter requiring between six and eight semesters. Full-time students begin the cohort program in the fall with a maximum of 12 applicants accepted each year. All graduate students must complete 18 credits of core coursework that focuses on research, biostatistics, health policy, roles for advanced practice nursing, and knowledge development for advanced practice nursing. Concentration requirements range from an additional 27 credits to 32 credits.

Walden University
Walden University affords graduate students the flexibility and convenience of earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entirely online. The program is geared toward students who already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Available concentrations include adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, leadership and management, nursing education, and nursing informatics. Graduate students, regardless of the concentration, must take four core courses covering policy and advocacy, transforming nursing and healthcare through technology, essentials of evidence-based practice, and inter-professional organization and systems leadership. Current registered nurses, who possess either an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing, may apply for the RN to MSN program.

Reviews of Alaska Nursing Programs

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1800

“The University of Alaska Anchorage nursing program was a wonderful experience for me. The curriculum was challenging, but I felt like a learned a great deal that I can apply to my career. The program featured excellent guest speakers from the local nursing community on Thursday evenings who provided insights into working in the field. A professor recommended that I join the nursing club and that helped me connect with potential employers. The clinicals were terrific and provided students with valuable hands-on experience. The one aspect of the program that I felt could be improved was the online courses, which had several issues like server downtime that made it difficult to learn the material and communicate with the faculty.”
– Student at University of Alaska Anchorage

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=IA&sort=best