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How to Become a Nurse in Alaska

Published: June 14, 2017 | Updated: September 8, 2020

Ever since you were a little kid playing with that plastic medical kit, you’ve known you were born to help others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects healthcare careers to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, so now looks like the perfect time to start on your new career path. If you have your heart set on becoming a nurse, you have to step up. Are you up for it?

Here’s what you’ll need to do to become a nurse in Alaska.

1. Apply to an Accredited Nursing Program in Alaska

Before you can become a nurse, you’ll need to train to be one. And that process starts with your application. You need to be at least 18 years old, and will need to pass an entrance exam, drug screening, and a background check. You will also need to provide proof of current vaccinations and immunizations.

2. Graduate from Your Nursing Program

Your nursing program will teach you the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and what you need to become a professional and effective nurse. You’ll learn about the critical need to follow proper sanitation and sterilization protocols and how to provide excellent patient care. You will also learn about healthcare regulations, patient privacy rules, and workplace laws. During your program, you will have frequent assessments to make certain you master each level of training.

3. Pass the NCLEX Exam

Once you have successfully completed your nursing program, you can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NLCEX) exam. Take the NLCEX-PN exam after you complete your practical nursing program. If you complete an associate’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing program, you can sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Both exams are six hours and cover four focus areas:

  • Safe Effective Care Environment (e.g., infection control)
  • Health Promotion and Maintenance (e.g., preventative care)
  • Psychosocial (mental health for you and your patients)
  • Physiological (overall proper nursing care)

4. Get Your Nursing License and Professional Experience in Alaska

After you pass your exam, you will receive a nursing license from the State of Alaska. Now, it’s up to you to get the professional experience you’ll need to become a great nurse. You’ll also be required to keep your credentials current and to earn regular continuing education credits. The Alaska Board of Nursing requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years.


If you’re ready to get on the path to a nursing career in Alaska, let Charter College be your guide. Explore the Nursing, AAS program today.