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University of Alaska Anchorage (Nursing Programs)

Welcome to the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing – The School of Nursing for the State of Alaska.

In today’s health care world, nursing is an exciting and wide-open field with many career options. If you choose nursing as a profession, you will be joining a group of men and women who are intelligent, who care about people, and who make tremendous differences in the well-being and lives of those who benefit from nursing care. You will find opportunities to work in many and varied places, ranging from hospitals to individual homes and from urban settings to the most remote rural villages. UAA graduates are found in nearly every community in Alaska, in each of the 50 states, and in many foreign countries.

For Alaska to be a healthy state, it must possess a strong, well-prepared nursing workforce in appropriate numbers. At this time, the workforce is too small to meet the need and like many states in the country, Alaska is experiencing a “nursing shortage.” The UAA School of Nursing has increased enrollments to meet those needs. So, if you are interested in a nursing career, now is the right time to get started.

At UAA you will find nursing programs at several levels. Education for practical nursing (PN) is offered through a one-year certificate program. We have special options for LPNs to earn an AAS degree and become a Registered Nurse. Professional nursing (preparation for being a Registered Nurse) is offered at the Baccalaureate and Associate degree levels. The Associate Degree (AAS) prepares graduates for practice in structured care settings such as hospitals. AAS graduates may also choose to advance their career through the baccalaureate completion program. The Baccalaureate program (BS) prepares graduates to practice in structured and unstructured settings (e.g. public health). Baccalaureate graduates are eligible to apply for graduate study in one of five specialty options offered at UAA. The options are: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Community Health, and Nursing Administration.

UAA School of Nursing has increased access to nursing education through distance delivery for the AAS and PN programs in several communities across the state. In addition, students enrolled in the baccalaureate completion program and masters programs can complete much of the coursework through distance technology in their home communities. The Baccalaureate program in Anchorage is offered in a year-round format which allows students to complete nursing courses in an accelerated manner.


The School of Nursing offers the only regularly scheduled course work leading to eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse and for advanced nursing practice in Alaska.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program in nursing was established at Anchorage Community College in 1971. In 1987, following a major restructuring of the University of Alaska system of higher education, the AAS program became part of the College of Career and Vocational Education. Three years later, in 1991, the program became part of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in nursing was initiated in 1973 at Alaska Methodist University (AMU) (later named Alaska Pacific University). In 1976, when financial difficulties forced the temporary closure of AMU, the nursing program was transferred to the Anchorage Senior College of the University of Alaska. Over the next several years, the Anchorage Senior College evolved into a comprehensive four-year university and was renamed the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 1987 following a major restructuring of the University of Alaska system of higher education, the baccalaureate nursing program became part of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Master of Science (MS) program in nursing was initiated with funding from a federal grant in 1981; the first class graduated in 1983. Four specialty options are available: Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Community Health Nursing, Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, and Health Care Administration.

In 1996, following a restructuring of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the nursing programs were consolidated into the School of Nursing, within the College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare.


To optimize quality of life through excellence in health care education, service and research.


By 2015, to become a magnet for highly qualified students, educators, and researchers
* We will become the standard of excellence in health care education
* We will be recognized as the innovative leader in the use of technology for learner centered education
* We will become fully integrated and visible throughout the communities of Alaska
* We will become the number one nursing program in the nation focused on rural health care


Excellence - The quality of our graduates reflects the competence, professionalism, compassion and collaboration of faculty and staff.

Integrity - We demonstrate unwavering ethical, moral, intellectual and emotional honesty.

Creativity - We exemplify vision, passion, innovation, flexibility, and ingenuity.


Pre-Nursing students: Students pursuing an undergraduate degree (either the AAS or the BS) are admitted to the School of Nursing as pre-nursing majors; while they complete prerequisite course work and the clinical admissions process. Enrollment as a pre-nursing major enables students to utilize the advising services of the Coordinator of Student Affairs. Members of the nursing faculty are also available for advising, consultation and career exploration. This also ensures that students interested in gaining admission to clinical nursing courses are identifiable so that they may receive information about current requirements and deadlines as well as upcoming changes in general requirements and degree applicable courses.

There are approximately 300 pre-nursing majors; of those, 125 have specified an interest in pursuing the AAS degree, while 175 expect to earn the BS degree.

AAS Clinical Nursing Majors: Each year, 32 first year students and up to 32 second year students enroll in nursing courses leading to the AAS degree. A majority of students are or have been married and many have children. A small number became Licensed Practical Nurses prior to entering the AAS program. Upon entry into the nursing major, each student is assigned to a nursing faculty member for academic advising.

BS Clinical Nursing Students: Up to 40 students are admitted to the baccalaureate clinical major each trimester. Given a five-semester sequence of courses, at any given time, there is a potential for a total of 200 students to be actively enrolled in clinical course work. Because some students opt to not continue their pursuit of a degree at UAA for personal or family reasons, on average, the number of baccalaureate clinical students is approximately 180 students each semester. Nearly 10% are currently licensed as Registered Nurses in Alaska.


Students pursuing the baccalaureate degree in nursing science are provided both the theory and clinical base to enable them to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health care to meet the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities whose health status varies qualitatively and quantitatively.

Students working on a degree in Nursing Science may choose from two options: The Basic Student Option and the Registered Nurse Option. The baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; 212-363-5555 ext. 153).

School name:University of Alaska AnchorageNursing Programs
Address:3211 Providence Drive
Zip & city:AK 99508-8030 Alaska
Phone:(907) 786-4550

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Five week course; trains health care assistants in basic skills necessary to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Students are supervised in the multi-sensory laboratory to practice the basic nursing assistant skills.

Three week course; provides health care assistants with theory and clinical experiences to assist nurses in an acute care, long-term, or home health facility.

Introduction to nursing process as systematic approach to identifying patient problems and providing nursing care.

Teaches fundamental skills and principles underlying nursing interventions. Nursing process is taught as a method to identify and meet each patientÕs basic nursing care needs which are prioritized according to MaslowÕs Hierarchy of Needs. Focus is on predicted responses in the health state; concepts related to health disruptions are introduced. Additional emphasis is placed on assessment for special needs according to developmental level. Admission to the associate of applied science in nursing program (clinical major).

Provides laboratory and clinical experiences to reinforce student learning in Nursing Fundamentals.

Introduction to nursing care of ill adults. Builds upon knowledge gained in nursing fundamentals. Students learn pathophysiology, treatment options, and nursing care for adult patients with health problems that require some alteration in lifestyle to enable performance of activities of daily living.

Provides laboratory and clinical experiences to reinforce student learning in
Adult Nursing.

A transition course for experienced LPNÕs. Nursing process, communication principles, and a critical thinking approach are emphasized as students learn about the effect of health disruptions on adults as they move along the health-illness continuum. Focuses on health disruptions which respond predictably to well established therapeutic regimens. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate competence in critical elements of patient care delivery.

Introduction to drug therapy. Emphasis on basic pharmacology principles, drug action, correct dosages, methods of administration, and evaluation of patient response. Nursing process is used to identify priorities for care of patients receiving specific medications.

Teaches utilization of the nursing process in providing nursing care for the patient experiencing pregnancy and childbirth and for the neonate, along the health-illness continuum. Ranges from normal, low risk perinatal care to high risk complications of the perinatal patient and family. Covers antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and neonatal care.

Provides laboratory and clinical experiences to reinforce student learning in
Perinatal Nursing.

Advanced concepts in the therapeutic intervention and management of fluids administered via the parenteral route. Theoretical content and psychomotor skills related to intravenous therapy. Applicable to multiple patient care settings. Builds on prior content in the areas of IV therapy, nutritional support, and pain management.

Designed to teach utilization of the nursing process and theories of growth and development as a framework for providing nursing care and fostering health promotion for infants, children, and adolescents and their families. Focus on normal growth and maturation and on acute and chronic alterations of health and development.

Provides laboratory and clinical experiences to reinforce student learning in
Pediatric Nursing.

Builds upon prior theoretical content and psychomotor skills from previous nursing courses. The nursing process continues to be used as students expand their knowledge of pathophysiology and provide care for adult medical-surgical patients with acute, complex and life-threatening disorders.

Provides laboratory and clinical experience to reinforce student learning in
Adult Nursing II.

Designed to teach psychodynamics of the major mental illnesses and principles of psychiatric nursing. Emphasis placed on application of the nursing process utilizing nursing principles to care for inpatients at all developmental levels. Students adapt communication skills to facilitate therapeutic interventions with patients experiencing mental illness.

Provides laboratory and clinical experiences to reinforce student learning in

Introductory seminar on application of the nursing process to legal, ethical, and organizational dilemmas encountered in daily nursing practice. Includes consideration of the role of staff nurse within the organization; students develop knowledge necessary to function effectively in the staff nurse role as a member of the nursing and health care teams. Legal limits of nursing practice and trends in the regulation of nursing practice are discussed.

Concentrated clinical work to familiarize graduating nurses with clinical registered nurse responsibilities.

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