CNA Training In Alaska

by Maria Pavel on February 25, 2011

If you’re a resident of Alaska and are interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, you’re in luck. Due to the shortage of qualified and skilled nurses’ aides, there’s a demand for people to become a part of the medical teams in Alaska. There are rules set by the Alaska State Board of Nursing that must be met but it can be done.

The requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Alaska are to successfully complete a training class approved by the state and pass the State Exam, which consists of a written portion and then a skills portion. The applicants must also be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check. The salary for CNAs in Alaska ranges from $10 to $14 per hour. This works out to be $24,440, $29,120 and $31,200 annually.

Any CNA training program in Alaska must be a minimum of 140 hours. This includes classroom instruction of at least 60 hours and clinical training of 80 hours. Some of this state-approved training can be divided up differently. If you’re moving from another state to Alaska and you’re licensed in the other state, you’ll need to have proof of your CNA license in order to get reciprocity in Alaska.

If you’re looking for the right state approved CNA training program for you, following are some you can choose from:

1. The Alaska’s Institute of Technology, also known as AVTEC, offers CNA training classes of 38 days with 230 total hours. The cost is $1,900, and that includes textbooks for $580 and tuition for $1,320. These classes are at both the Seward and Anchorage campuses.

2. The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers training classes for $141 per credit hour with one semester of training.

3. The University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan campuses are also popular sites for CNA training programs. The costs for these classes range from $1,969 at the Ketchikan Campus to $2,171 at the Juneau Campus. These fees include 10 weeks of training with 75 hours of lecture and 80 hours of clinical training.

4. The Kodiak College offers a CNA training program for $1,465. This includes textbooks, CPR and First Aid, uniform, scrubs, white shoes, passport photo, fingerprint services, stethoscope, second hand wristwatch, and State Exam.

For any other information you may need about becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, contact the AK Nurse Aide Registry at the AK Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in Anchorage. They can answer any of your questions.

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