AAS in Nursing

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing program is offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage and based in Anchorage, but admits students in a growing number of other communities throughout the state. Students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission to the AAS Nursing program are admitted as pre-majors. 

Please note: Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the nursing program; a separate application process is required. 


For entry into the full-major portion of the program students must complete the required prerequisites and courses listed below. We recommend seeing a School of Nursing (SON) advisor early in the process to create a personalized plan of study and determine the best timeline for your application. Additional courses may be required based on ACCUPLACER scores for Writing and ALEKs scores for Math placement.

Admission Requirements

These courses must be complete prior to applying to the AAS Ranking with a C or better.

Pre-Major Nursing Courses

Students are encouraged to complete the Pre-Major Nursing courses listed below while waiting to qualify for admission to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nursing program.  These courses generate points in the admission ranking process and are prerequisites to the following semester's NURS courses. Enrollment in NURS A125/L requires acceptance into the AAS Nursing program and completion of BIOL A111/111L, WRTG A111, and PSY A150. Please see an advisor regularly to ensure you are on track.

Sample Schedule

  • WRTG A111 Introduction to Composition (3)
  • BIOL A111, 111L Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • PSY A150 Life Span Development (3)
  • COMM A111, A235, A237, or A241 (3)
  • *WRTG A213 (preferred), A211, A212, A214 or GER (3)
  • BIOL A112, 112L Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL A240, 240L Microbiology (4)
  • DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)
  • *MATH A105 or Quantitative Skills GER (3)

* Students anticipating continuing on into the RN to BS program should select Baccalaureate Degree GERs.
All nursing prerequisites must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. 
For a list which UAF and UAS pre-major courses meet UAA School of Nursing requirements please visit the Transfer page.

Major Requirements

Once you are admitted into the full-major AAS Nursing program, you will be required to complete courses in the following sequence. All students are enrolled in a specific local cohort. Students are expected to test, attend classes, labs, and clinical experiences with their cohort. Students are required to complete the program at the location they originally accepted placement.

Students enrolled in programs based outside of Anchorage (Community Locations) participate through video and computer based classes. These students may be required to attend some portion of their clinical experience in Anchorage or Fairbanks. Students traveling for intensive clinicals are responsible for obtaining and paying for transportation, housing, and all other related expenses.

Plan of Study

SEMESTER I: Nursing Major

  • NURS A120, A120L Nursing Fundamentals (7)

SEMESTER II: Nursing Major

  • NURS A125, A125L Adult Nursing I (6)
  • NURS A180 Basic Nursing Pharmacology (3)

SEMESTER III: Nursing Major

  • NURS A220, A220L Perinatal Nursing (4)
  • NURS A222, A222L Pediatric Nursing (4)
  • NURS A223, A223L Concepts of Adult Nursing (2)

SEMESTER IV: Nursing Major

  • NURS A225, A225L Adult Nursing II (6)
  • NURS A250, A250L Psychiatric Nursing (4)
  • NURS A260 Transition to Professional Nursing (2)
  • NURS A295 Intensive Clinical Practicum (2) – Optional

Minimum total credit hours required to complete degree: 70
All nursing major lecture courses must be complete with a grade of 'C' or higher and clinical courses with a 'Pass'

Please note:  Graduates of this program must perform successfully on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to receive RN licensure. SON's program is approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing and the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.

AAS Program graduates are encouraged to complete SON's RN to BS program.

LPN Licensure Credit — 7 Credits

The LPN to AAS program is being taught out and is no longer accepting new applicants. LPNs currently completing the full major portion of the program are still eligible for licensure credit.

If you have passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-PN) and hold a current, unencumbered Alaska LPN license, you will be granted 7 course credits for NURS A120/120L Nursing Fundamentals upon successful completion of NURS A125 with a grade of “C” or better, successful completion of NURS A125L with a “Pass,” and payment of a $175 administrative fee ($25 per credit).

If you do not pass NURS A125/NURS A125L, you will be dismissed from the program and required to reapply as a non-LPN AAS student.


Only the students who complete the Application and HESI Exam listed below will be ranked for possible admission to NURS A120/A120L in the Fall or Spring semesters following completion of their application. Candidates who are not admitted will be placed on the alternate list for admission in the event that an opening occurs later. To be considered for the ranking, the following AAS admission requirements must be completed by the Ranking Deadline for their site.

Prior to applying we recommend:
  • If you are able, attend a group Information Session at the College of Health Advising. Call 907-786-1318 for next meeting time and location.
  • Meet with a Nursing Academic Advisor to verify course completion, GPA, and to ensure you are on track to meet required deadlines. Call 907-786-1318 to set up an appointment.
  1. Admission to UA, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.
    • For Current UA Students: UA Students do not need to submit transcripts from UAA, UAF or UAS.
    • For New and Transfer Students: The School of Nursing strongly recommends new students Apply to UA and submit their high school, GED, and/or out of state transcripts to Enrollment Services three months prior to the School of Nursing deadline to ensure timely and complete processing.
  2. Documentation from transcripts must show completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher:
  3. Students must have a minimum UAA cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible for the ranking and must maintain a 2.0 or higher once accepted to the major.
  4. School of Nursing (SON) Digital Application. Please mark appropriate campus of choice on the application. Include documentation of qualifying certification and employment in health-related field, if any.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to remain informed of any changes to the AAS Nursing program and to ensure that above items have been received by the AAS Nursing office. Call prior to the deadline to verify receipt of all required documents.

NEW: The AAS programs are transitioning to the ATI TEAS exam (sometimes called the TEAS VI). After the July 1st deadline, we will fully transfer to TEAS. Previously completed HESI results can still be used through July 1, 2020, or until they expire, whichever comes first. 

Completion of the Pre-Admission Exam is required. This test is an assessment tool, not a pass/fail test, to evaluate students’ verbal, math, and science ability. The cost will be determined by the UAA Testing Center. The test takes approximately 4½ hours and will be available by appointment during times determined by the UAA Testing Center.

Remote Exams are available to students who are unable to physically test at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Advising and Testing Center.  Additional proctor fees may be required for students testing at distance testing facilities. See the Advising and Testing Center for details.

The Pre-Admission Exam can be taken once every 6 months and the highest score in the last 36 months will be used for ranking.

Special Note: Please ensure that you use the same name for this test or include the exam name under the Previous Name section of the Nursing Application to Rank.

The Application and Pre-Admissions Exam must be completed to be eligible for ranking and possible admission to NURS A120/A120L – Nursing Fundamentals for the applicable Fall or Spring semester. Only a specified number of candidates (with highest rankings) will be invited to start based on the following ranking criteria:

  1. Extracted Grade Point Average (GPA) of completed nursing pre-major courses. 
  2. TEAS VI (or HESI) = 10% of the overall score. Example: a score of 82.75% = 8.275 points
    • The School of Nursing has transitioned to the ATI TEAS exam (sometimes called the TEAS VI) starting July 1, 2019. Previously completed HESI results can still be used through July 1, 2020, or until they expire, whichever comes first.
  3. Points for completion of the following courses prior to ranking with a “C” or above:
    • BIOL A111, A112, & A240 = 2 points each
    • PSY A150, DN A203, WRTG A111 and WRTG A213, A212, A211, A214, or GER, COMM GER, and MATH A105 or Quantitative Skills GER. = 1 point each
  4. One point for achieving alternate status in prior ranking at the same site. (1 point max).*
  5. One point for current work experience in a health-related field with documented health certification (i.e. EMT, CNA/HCA, CMA, Massage Therapist, Dental Assistant [if certified], etc.). Required documentation:
      • Copy of active certification or licensure 
      • Official letter or document confirming 240 hours of experience within the last 365 days in the area of certification.
  6. One point for current LPN license (any state, in addition to the point awarded for #5).
  7. Interview Process: Candidates will be selected to continue on to a digital interview (Coming Soon)

Candidates whose files are ranked will be sent either an invitation to accept a seat in the program or notice of their position on the alternate list. Any candidate not admitted to NURS A120/A120L must request to be ranked for the next year. 

* This change goes into effect August 15, 2018. Students that previously received two re-ranking points will be capped at one point.

Each site in the AAS Nursing Program has a specific admission pattern based on the number of applicants and available clinical facilities in the location. To be considered for the ranking in each location, the AAS admission requirements must be completed by the appropriate deadline. Deadlines and cohort sizes are subject to change, please check with the UAA Nursing Student Services for most up to date deadlines.

Application for Ranking Deadlines

Only one site may be submitted for ranking per deadline

FEBRUARY 1: Fall and Spring start dates

  • Every Year
    • Anchorage (24 students per semester)

MAY 1: Fall start date

  • Every Year
    • Homer (6 students)
    • Juneau (6 students) starting May 1, 2019
    • Kenai (6 students)
    • Ketchikan (6 students)
  • Odd Years
    • Petersburg (4 students)

JULY 1: Spring start date

  • Every Year
    • Mat-Su (8 students)
  • Even Year application, Odd year start
    • Bethel (8 Students)
    • Dillingham (4 students)
    • Nome (4 students)
    • Sitka (6 students)
  • Odd Year application, Even year start
    • Kotzebue (4 students)
    • Valdez (5 students)