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In Alaska, those aspiring to become a Certified Nurse Aide must complete a state approved training program. Then they may apply with the state Nurse Aide Registry so that they may appear as eligible to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant within Alaska. Once training is complete, a person is required to take the state testing through Pearson Vue, have fingerprinting done, and apply for and receive certification through Alaska.

CNA Classes in Alaska – Anchorage, Fairbanks

There are CNA classes in Alaska which prepare you for the state exam. Some of these CNA training programs are even offered in school districts or for high school students. This is a great option for those looking to graduate high school with a certification that they can begin using immediately! Some of these CNA classes in Alaska are free, the only fees would be for fingerprinting, application, exam and certification fees. There are over 20 Alaska state approved Nurse Aide Programs. While the majority are in Anchorage & Fairbanks, there are also options from Juneau through some of the smaller cities across the state.

Alaska CNA Certification Testing

A CNA program will prepare you for the 2 part state test. Once you are done with the training portion of the process you can then apply to take the test through Pearson Vue. You can do the application to take the test either online or send in a form. The test itself consists of a 2 part process. The first segment of the test is a standard multiple-choice type exam, 60 questions related to the material that was covered in the training course. You can find practice tests available on the internet which should be reviewed in order to properly prepare yourself for the type of questions that will be on the multiple choice portion of the exam.

The second section is the practical exam. During this portion you will need to execute 5 different nurse aide duties in front of an examiner. These skills you will also have learned during your training course, and you will have practiced in person during your clinical hours (hours spent working under a registered nurse who will supervise you as you begin to practice and use the skills you have been learning during the classes). Once you have passed the state 2 part exam you will then apply for certification, complete fingerprinting and other steps prior to landing on the Alaska state nursing registry.

Once you have landed on the Alaska CNA Registry you are eligible to be hired as a Nurse Aide at any hospital, nursing home or care center. Obtaining CNA jobs in Alaska after being certified can be as simple as applying, going through an interview process and then beginning your exciting new career in the medical field. Currently Alaska has a high demand (much like the rest of the country) for qualified, certified and committed Nurse Aides. Anchorage and Fairbanks have the most options for CNA jobs in Alaska. This job market is expected to increase in coming years.

State Approved Programs in Alaska for CNA Training:

  • Alaska Job Corps
  • Alaska Technical Center Cindy
  • AVTEC Alaska Institute of Technology
  • Anchorage School District
  • Bethel CNA Program Patricia
  • Caregiver Training Academy
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Health Education CNA Program
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough School
  • Kenai Peninsula College/Kenai Peninsula Borough School
  • Mat-Su Career & Tech High School ** HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY
  • PWSCC-Valdez Sally Byrne
  • PWSCC-Cordova
  • Kachemak Bay Community College
  • UAF Community Technical College
  • UAF/Norton Sound Health Corp
  • UAS Juneau
  • UAS Ketchikan
  • UAS Sitka
  • Wrangell Medical Center

See the Sate of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development – Corporations, Businesses & Professional Licensing Deppartment for more info on CNA classes in Alaska. The Board of Nursing – Nurse Aide Registry website may be viewed here.