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