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CNA Classes In Alaska

CNA Classes in Alaska

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Over the years, there has been an increasing demand for healthcare professionals in Alaska, according to Alaska Department of Health. In fact, it is estimated that the state of Alaska will have 1000s of job vacancies in order to replace the retiring members of the medical field in the next coming years.

CNA’s as well as licensed practical nurses are much needed in several health care institutions and if you are interested in becoming a CNA or Certified Nursing Aide, there are several programs in Alaska that can help you obtain a certification. Having such certification signifies that you have the appropriate credentials and have undergone proper training in working with the patients. This is necessary for all Certified Nursing Aides because they are the primary healthcare professionals who care for the ill and aging clients.

CNA Programs and Requirements in Alaska

In order to be eligible for enrollment in one of the Alaska’s CNA programs, an applicant must be at least 18 years old; is needed to be physically fit, required a high school diploma or GED certificate, clean criminal record, a negative TB test report of last 6 months and immunization’s proof. Depending on the type of program, the fee that has to be submitted before enrollment can range from $1000 to $2000 and the length of training is about 8-13 weeks.

The Alaska State Board of Nursing requires that approved CNA programs offer a minimum of 140 hours of instruction, which includes 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical practice which is done in a hospital setting or in nursing homes under the supervision of RN or LPN. However, you will find that some programs will offer even more hours of training.

Training for CNA’s does not normally take long and it is conducted in facilities approved by the state of Alaska. If you came from other states or from Canada, you have to possess a clean license and five years prior to the application; you should complete at least a year of clinical nursing and classroom experience. Original documents should be submitted together with translations. To know more about the application process, several websites in the internet provides wealth of information particularly the Nurse Aide Registry of Alaska. There will be fees associated with the application so be ready for it. These include the application fee ($50), certification fee ($120), fingerprint processing fee ($59) and examination fee ($50).

The training program will teach you the necessary skills that every Certified Nursing Aide should possess. Since CNA’s have similar duties and responsibilities of a nurse, you will be trained on medical terminologies, basic patient care, vital signs taking, proper grooming and bathing, feeding and many others. There will be a required number of hours for classroom sessions and field training before you can take the examination.

CNA Certification Requirements in Alaska

Within 24 months from completion of an approved CNA program, all applicants must pass the CNA exam administered by Pearson VUE. The state of Alaska use the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for inclusion of successful test takers into the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry. These exams are based on the knowledge and skills taught during an approved CNA training program.

The examination is  divided in two parts; the written test and clinical skills test or CST. If you cannot pass one of these exams, you will have to take it again in order to get certified. The certification will serve as a proof that you can do the tasks of a CNA and that you are eligible to work in any medical facilities.

CNA exam consist of a written test with multiple-choice questions on physical care, psychosocial care and job responsibilities of nursing assistants, as well as a clinical exam which tests practical nursing skills, such as moving patients, maintenance of hygiene, providing medication to patients as instructed by the registered nurse, taking vital signs and subjective measurements, etc. During the clinical examination, the examinee should perform 5 randomly selected nursing assistant skills out of a set of 25 competency skills, under the supervision of senior nurses.

Upon successful completion of exam and the background check, candidate’s name is placed as eligible on the Alaska Nurse Aide registry that maintains records of all those who work as CNA in state. Recertification is necessary every two years and applicants are required to have 12 hours of continuing education and 160 work-hours as a nursing assistant.

Once you get the license, you have to renew it based on the regulations imposed by the Alaska Nurse Aide registry. Most of the time, the renewal of license is done before March 31st. Working as a Nursing Aide in different healthcare institution is a great path to take considering that there are several job opportunities open for you.

CNA Salary and Job Outlook in Alaska

CNA Salary in Alaska

CNA Salary in Alaska 1

Students earning their certification in the state of Alaska can kick start their career as certified nursing assistants at various health care and allied health care settings like convalescent homes, long-term care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, elderly care centers, home health agencies , etc.

Presently, CNAs in the state of Alaska have the highest CNA salary in US which is around $37,200 on average. However it is known that some employers require at least one year of experience before hiring a CNA.

CNA Work Experience in Alaska

 

Alaska Resources

All State Approved CNA Training Programs in Alaska

The following is the most current list of State of Alaska approved Nurse Aide training programs. For specific information about the programs, locations, availability, dates, times and fees, please contact the program representatives directly.

 

Alaska Job Corps

17 ½-24 year olds**

861-8800

800 E Lynn Martin Dr

Palmer, AK 99654

 

Alaska Technical Center

P: 442-3733 X32

P O Box 51

Kotzebue, AK 99752

 

Alaska Technical Center

P: 442-3733X32P O Box 51

Kotzebue, AK 99752

 

Anchorage School District

** 2 LOCATIONS, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY **

P: 742-4136

King Career Center

2650 E. Northern Lts. Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99508

 

Bethel CNA Program

543-0528

Kuskokwim Campus, UAF

PO Box 368

Bethel, AK 99559

 

Caregiver Training Academy

P: 258-0535

203 West 15th Avenue #104

Anchorage, AK 99501

 

Chugiak-Eagle River Health

Education CNA Program

P: 688-2609

22424 N Birchwood Loop

Chugiak, AK 99567

 

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

** HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY**

P: 455-2876

604 Barnette Street Rm. 401

Fairbanks, AK 99701

 

Heritage Place

*Not accepting remedial students*

P:252-7337

232 Rockwell

Soldotna, AK 99669

 

Kachemak Bay Campus-Kenai Peninsula College

P: 235-7743

533 E. Pioneer Ave

Homer, AK 99603

 

Kenai Peninsula College Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

P: 283-2166 Steve Horn, KPC

P.262-0344

156 College Road

Soldotna, AK 99669

 

Kodiak College

P: 486-1266

117 Benny Benson Dr

Kodiak, AK 99615

 

Mat-Su Career & Tech High School

**HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY**

P: 352-0426

2472 Seward Meridian

Wasilla, AK 99654

 

Petersburg Medical Center

P: 772-4291

Po Box 589

Petersburg, AK 99833

 

Providence Valdez Medical Center

P: 834-1899

PO Box 550

Valdez, AK 99686

 

PWSCC- Valdez Admissions

P: 834-1645

PO Box 97 Valdez, AK 99686

http://pwscc.edu

PWSCC-Cordova

P: 424-7598

PO Box 160

Cordova, AK 99574

 

Trinion Quality Services

(not currently accepting students)

P: 644-6050

3700 Woodland Dr, Suite 500

Anchorage, AK 99517

 

UAF Community Technical College

P: 455-2876

604 Barnette St Rm 401

Fairbanks, AK 99701

 

UAF Northwest Campus/NSHC

P: 455-2876

P.O. Box 400

Nome, AK 99762

 

UAS Juneau

P: 796-6128

P: 796-6131

P: 796-6125

11120 Glacier Hwy

June au, AK 99801

 

UAS Ketchikan

P: 228-4537

2600 7th Avenue

Ketchikan, AK 99901

 

UAS Sitka

P: 747-9476

1332 Seward Avenue   Sitka, AK 99835

 

Wrangell Medical Center

(not currently accepting students)

P: 874-7000

PO Box 1081

Wrangell, AK 99929

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