The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage in cooperation with UAF Community & Technical College.
Both schools work together to administer the program locally in Fairbanks. The program consists of three semesters of pre-requisites followed by five trimesters of nursing courses which begin in September of the academic year.
The academic program provides students with a closely related mix of theory and clinical practice. Classrooms and learning laboratories are furnished with equipment found in hospital and clinical settings to give students a realistic and hands-on experience.
Pre-Nursing Qualifications (Cert.)
The pre-nursing qualifications certificate, along with the BSN concentration, is a degree designed to guide students who want to apply to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The pre-nursing certificate (with the declared BSN concentration) includes the prerequisite and co-requisite courses required to apply to UAA’s BSN program, in addition to a clinical course. When applying to the UAA BSN program, students must complete a pre-admission nursing exam and are strongly encouraged to work in a clinical practice.
Pre-nursing students should work closely with an advisor while completing their requirements and preparing their application for the BSN program. While the certificate prepares students to be highly qualified candidates for the BSN program, it does not guarantee admission. The UAA nursing program is highly competitive. The Fairbanks cohort accepts 24 students each fall.
Licensed Practical Nurse (Cert.)
Graduates of the LPN certificate program are prepared to provide effective nursing services to individuals receiving care in inpatient settings and in structured outpatient settings. The academic program provides a closely related mix of theory, skills and clinical practice; students gain experience in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and community agencies. Graduates with this LPN degree are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination that grants professional licensure to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
With the growing shortage of qualified nurses, jobs in the nursing field are expected to grow in the coming years.
Graduates of the nursing program are prepared to provide effective nursing services to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings. Graduates become eligible to take the NCLEX examination that grants professional licensure to practice nursing as a registered nurse.
Students in the program will have the opportunity to complete clinical experience through laboratory work and practicum experience at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and other community health agencies. This program is approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education.
APPLYING TO UAA NURSING PROGRAM: Admission to the UAA nursing program is highly competitive and dependent on a ranking system that considers the extracted GPA, the science courses GPA, and the score on a preadmission nursing exam.
PRE-NURSING COURSEWORK FOR UAA NURSING PROGRAM: Before applying to the UAA nursing program, students must complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Students interested in applying to the nursing program are encouraged to complete the UAF CTC pre-nursing qualifications certificate. While the pre-nursing certificate program prepares students to be highly qualified, it does not guarantee admission to the program.
For assistance registering for prerequisite courses and reviewing the process for applying to the BSN program, contact the Allied Health department to schedule an appointment with a program advisor.
NURSING INFORMATION SESSIONS: Interested students who have questions about the Nursing program are encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session. These sessions are offered throughout the academic year.
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