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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

The demand for nurses in Alaska is at an all-time high.1 Charter College Anchorage is offering an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program (ASN) to help meet this need for nurses in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. 

A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture, and about one (1) hour for every one (1) hour of lab.
Charter College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. Our Nursing program is approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing. Our Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Charter College Anchorage received initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000,
Our year-round schedule moves more quickly than other nursing programs enabling nurses to get in the workforce sooner. Space is limited, apply today! Our Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is offered at Charter College Anchorage.

Program Goals:  

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program is to provide accessible, high quality undergraduate nursing education to diverse student populations for the development of safe effective nursing professionals. The Mission will be accomplished through delivery of an innovative program that reflects the needs and current trends of society and community. Our nursing program is implemented by faculty who are committed to education of the highest standards and who promote clinical practice through evidence-based practice.

Admissions Requirements:

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is designed to assist students in successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam.  The NCLEX-RN exam is a nationally recognized exam and successfully passing is required for employment opportunities and state licensure.

In addition to the Admissions Requirements, all students must comply with the following minimum requirements for admission to the program: 

1. Applicant must attend an information session.
2. Applicant must obtain a passing composite score of sixty (60) or greater on the TEAS entrance exam.  An applicant may take the TEAS no more than two (2) times per admission period and may not exceed more than four (4) attempts at any time.
3. Applicant must successfully pass a ten (10) panel drug screen as administered by a designee of the College prior to admission and as required by clinical facilities throughout the program within three (3) business days of successfully passing the TEAS entrance exam.
4. Applicant must successfully pass a background check as administered by a third-party vendor of the College.
a. Social Security validation;
b. County criminal history for seven (7) years;
c. FACIS (Fraud and Abuse Control Information Systems);
d. Office of Inspector General (OIG) & General Services Administration (GSA) check, warrants and arrests, sex offender/child kidnapper registry, an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and State of Alaska background verification.
e. Passing a background check means no criminal convictions as defined by the Alaska Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations 12AAC44.705.
f. Meet all Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) guidelines.
5. Due to the requirements to access some clinical sites, including military bases, applicants must produce proof of one (1) of the following documents that must remain current and valid throughout enrollment.
a. U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
b. Military ID
c. Permanent Resident card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-766)
d. Foreign passports with a temporary (I-551) stamp
e. An employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
f. Current/valid driver’s license or identification card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States which is in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005
g. Identification card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies that are REAL ID act compliant.
6. Must complete an interview with the Dean of Nursing or designee.
7. Meet the Core Performance Standards (refer to Core Performance Standards).
8. Provide the Dean of Nursing documentation to demonstrate the following health, immunization, and other requirements:
a. Tuberculosis (TB) test, either a negative IGRA or Q-Gold blood test or negative two-step tuberculin skin tests current within the last thirty (30) days, or one (1) negative chest x-ray for Tuberculosis completed within the last  twelve (12) months. Information and testing must be updated annually, as needed, and cannot expire during clinical.
b. Measles (Rubeola)/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) presumptive evidence of immunity with one (1) of the following:
i.  Proof of two (2) dose vaccine series (both doses must be given either before or after one (1) year of age).
ii. Proof of positive MMR titer.
c. Proof of positive Hepatitis B titer.  Non-responders after two (2) series of Hepatitis B immunizations must have a doctor’s diagnosis of being a non-responder in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations.
d. Immunity to Varicella (chicken pox) positive titer or two (2) immunizations;
e. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) within the last ten (10) years;
f. Influenza (flu) vaccination is due by November 15 each year.  If the vaccine is refused, then the declination form must be signed and clinical assignments may be unavailable.
g. Statement from health care provider that the student is mentally and physically fit to be a nursing student; in accordance with the Core Performance Standards.
h. The student’s driver’s license, auto insurance, and vehicle registration information must be maintained current throughout the nursing program;
i. Written permission to share the student’s last four (4) digits of the Social Security number with facilities to gain security accesses.

Clincial Admissions Requirements:

Prior to clinical assignments, applicants must submit to the Dean of Nursing documentation demonstrating the following:

  1. Completion of scheduled orientation to the facility (may include Electronic Health Records);
  2. Note, a student may be required to complete new student orientation for each facility assigned;
  3. Proof of training on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Bloodborne Pathogen (provided prior to clinical by Charter College); and,
  4. Other site-specific training requests as deemed by the clinical facility.
  5. If required by the clinical facility, must be able to demonstrate proof of health insurance by the beginning of term three (3).

Program Length:  

19 months 

1 US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis: RN Sample Survey and Supply projections.