CNA Classes in Alaska (AK)

To become a CNA in Alaska you must take classes.  Then you will pass an exam and be placed on the nurse aide registry.  The process is straight forward, but you must meet some basic requirements.

Requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Physical with a TB and drug test
  • Proof of immunization
  • Background check with fingerprinting.  You must have a clean criminal record.

Costs:

  • Certification Fee – $120
  • Fingerprint Fee – $59
  • Application Fee – $50
  • Oral Exam Fee – $284
  • Written Exam Fee – $279

To Apply:

  • Fill out the application.  This application allows you to take the test. You must have finished your training before applying.
  • Pay for the certification test.  You can pay with a money order. If you have a job, your employer will pay the fees.
  • Fill out a fingerprint card. Click here for a card.  You need the FD 258 form.
  • Attach a passport sized picture with your signature and date.
  • Fill out ONE of these forms for the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry:
    • Verification of Credentials
    • Verification of Training

You can test without training if:

  • proof that you finished a program in another state.
  • taken a program outside the US, excluding Canada.
  • you were a US Corpsman with medical training.  You must have completed service within 5 years and training within 10 years.
  • finished 1 year or more of nursing education in the past 5 years.
  • finished the program without a license in the past 2 years.

Find a list of programs here.

Programs are 140 hours. They are divided between classroom and clinical studies.

Apply to take the test after completing the program. The test includes written questions and a skills test.  Make sure to study for the exam to pass the first time.

Facts: 

  • The Alaska Child Support Enforcement Division may grant you a non-renewable license in some cases.  For example, if you are behind on child support. This certification is valid for 150 days. Call 1-800-478-3300 for more information.
  • Your license must be renewed every two years.
  • You will get a notice in the mail 60 days before it expires.
  • Your license can be revoked or denied if you are incompetent, convicted of crimes, or working as a CNA without a license.
  • To renew, you must have continuing education of 12 hours. This only applies for the first renewal.  You must also have worked as a CNA for at least 160 hours.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Alaska Vocational Technical Center Anchorage Request Information
University of Alaska, Fairbanks Fairbanks 455-2924 Request Information
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Sitka 747-9476 Request Information
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak College Kodiak 539-2805 Request Information
Prince William Sound Community College Valdez 834-1644 Request Information
Caregiver Training Academy Anchorage (907) 258-0535
King Career Center Anchorage 742-4136
Providence Alaska Medical Center Anchorage 212-2047
Providence Extended Care Anchorage (907) 212-0268
Service High School Anchorage 742-4136
Prince William Sound Community College, Cordova Cordova (907) 424-7598
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District – Career & Technical Education Fairbanks 455-2876
Uaf Community & Technical College Fairbanks 455-2876
Kachemak Bay Community College Homer (907) 235-7743
Uas Juneau Juneau (907) 796-6131
Robertson/Hamilton Technical Ctr. Ketchikan (800) 550-6177
Alaska Technical Center – Northwest Arctic Borough School District Kotzebue (800) 478-3733
Alaska Job Corps Center Palmer 861-8779
Petersburg General Hospital Petersburg (907) 772-4291x246
Heritage Place – Central Peninsula Hospital Soldotna 714-5000
Kenai Peninsula College Soldotna 262-0344
Mat-Su Career & Tech High School Wasilla 352-0400
Wrangell Medical Center Wrangell 874-7000

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