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Applying to the AAS in Nursing
Due to the high demand for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in Anchorage and Mat-Su, we will be transitioning the AAS out of these locations in order to increase the capacity in the BSN. The final class of AAS students in Anchorage will begin in the fall of 2022 (with a spring 2022 application deadline) and the final class of AAS students in Mat-Su will begin in the spring of 2023 (with a fall 2022 application deadline). Other locations will continue to offer the AAS degree as they currently do. Please contact our College of Health advising office to make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your individual plan.
Thank you for your interest in applying to the UAA School of Nursing. We would like to ensure the cost of the application is not a barrier to your application. Fee Waivers are available on NursingCAS if you meet certain requirements. You must apply for the fee waiver before you submit your application! If you have applied for the NursingCAS Fee Waiver through your CAS portal and it was not approved, please use the School of Nursing Form to request financial assistance.
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.
- Completion of the following courses prior to application:
- Extracted GPA. Minimum of 2.0. Only prerequisite courses will be used in the extracted GPA calculation.
- TEAS. Highest score in the last 36 months of application deadline will be used for the application.
- Healthcare Experience. Additional point for current work and experience in a health-related field with documented health certification/license (i.e. LPN, EMT, CNA/HCA, CMA, Massage Therapist, Dental Assistant if certified, etc.) and proof of working 240 hours in license/certified area.
- Kira Assessment. Verbal & written communication skills, and overall articulation of fit for role and program. The Kira Assessment consists of seven interview questions. One of the seven is a timed, written essay.
A list of prerequisites can be found on the UAA AAS Nursing website. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher (or Pass). The following courses must be completed before beginning the full-major AAS Nursing program:
- Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits: This course must include both lecture and lab. Provides a foundation in relevant chemistry, cell biology, histology and unifying concepts. Covers integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
- Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits: This course must include both lecture and lab. Covers endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.
- Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences - 4 credits: General introductory microbiology covering bacterial metabolism and genetics, virology, host parasite interactions, host defense mechanisms and epidemiology.
- Lifespan Development - 3 credits: Reviews physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional human growth, maturation, and development across the lifespan, as well as contemporary lifespan development theories. Special attention is given to the effects of sociocultural influences on development.
- Nutrition for Health Science - 3 credits: Presents nutrition in the life cycle including food sources and requirements of nutrients, and physiological and metabolic aspects of nutrient function. Reviews disease states, food selection, and cultural and contemporary issues of concern to health professionals.
- Written Communication GERs - 6 credits: Must meet UAA Written Communication GER.
- Oral Communication GER - 3 credits: Must meet UAA Oral Communication GER. Oral communication skills courses increase the abilities of students to interact appropriately and effectively in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, small group and public speaking settings.
- Quantitative Skills GER - 3 credits: Must meet UAA Quantitative Skill GER.
How to Apply to UAA Nursing Programs
- Complete the UAA admission application for the Associate of Applied Science, Nursing pre-major.
- Apply to competitive nursing ranking by program deadline. The UAA SON uses an independent organization that processes applications for SON called the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). All applicants must set up a NursingCAS account and complete the application to the UAA SON program of choice. All students applying to any UAA SON program must submit an application through NursingCAS by the stipulated deadline date in order to be considered for admission into the UAA SON.
- Upload and add all required items into your NursingCAS account. All required application
materials are as follows:
- Official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS via paper mail or electronically. Transcripts from every institution ever attended (including international transcripts and applicable transcript evaluations by WES) must be sent directly from your college/university. Note: UAA will not accept applicant transcripts-in order for your application to be complete and considered for admissions they must be received by NursingCAS.
- Manually enter every college course into your NursingCAS account (including all prerequisite and non-prerequisite courses). You can also pay a fee to have a NursingCAS professional input the courses from your transcript for you.
- High School Transcripts. Unofficial high school transcripts must be uploaded into CAS. You can obtain unofficial transcripts from your high school or school district office.
- Prerequisite course descriptions document. Applicants with non-UA credits must create a single document listing the completed and in progress prerequisite course descriptions, copy and pasted from the course catalog in the academic year in which the course was taken. Please include each course number, title, term and where the course was taken. Upload as one pdf to the Documents section in NursingCAS.
- Once the above steps have been completed in your NursingCAS application, you must submit your application via NursingCAS in order to have your application reviewed by UAA School of Nursing. At this point, you should contact the NursingCAS office to confirm they have received all of your official transcripts and your application is verified as completed. NursingCAS Technical Support: 617-612-2880, Mon. – Thurs. 9am – 7pm EST, Friday 9am – 5pm EST. Applications will not be reviewed or considered without all official transcripts on file through the NursingCAS system. Please also visit NursingCAS Applicant Responsibilities and NursingCAS Help Center resources.
Note: Fee Waivers are available on NursingCAS if you meet certain requirements. You must apply for the fee waiver before you submit your application! If you have applied for the NursingCAS Fee Waiver through your CAS portal and it was not approved, please use the School of Nursing Form to request financial assistance. Applicants must submit the School of Nursing Form at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline.
Nursing Programs Beginning in Fall Term
Application opens on March 1 and the deadline is May 1. Applications must be in verified status within NursingCAS and a UAA Admissions application must also be completed. Applications in NursingCAS can only be verified once all payments and transcripts have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, we strongly encourage you to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline.
- June - Applicant pool reviewed by UAA School of Nursing
- July - Admission decisions sent out to applicants
- August - Mandatory School of Nursing orientation and program start
Nursing Programs Beginning in Spring Term
Application opens on July 15 and the deadline is September 1. Applications must be in verified status within NursingCAS and a UAA Admissions application must also be completed. Applications in NursingCAS can only be verified once all payments and transcripts have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline.
- October - Applicant pool reviewed by UAA School of Nursing
- November - Admission decisions sent out to applicants
- January - Mandatory School of Nursing orientation and program start
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