School of Nursing Undergraduate Programs

  • Nursing Undergraduate Programs

    Our nursing undergraduate programs prepare students to deliver excellent patient care in a wide variety of settings. They will also explore the unique challenges and opportunities for nurses in Alaska.

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From advanced simulation technology to real-world clinical learning experiences, the nursing undergraduate program offers the skills and resources to become a successful nursing generalist. The curriculum provides a strong foundation of theories and skills, training to think on your feet and apply your learnings to different situations. As a nursing major, you’ll explore important health care topics, including community care, population health, and clinical research. You will become part of an active, dedicated community of peers working to improve health and well-being in Alaska and around the world.

The School of Nursing offers potential students interested in becoming qualified to practice as a registered nurse the AAS in Nursing and the BS in Nursing. The programs are offered through UAA and are based in Anchorage but admit students in a growing number of other communities throughout the state. A baccalaureate completion program (RN to BS) is available for individuals who already hold the RN license in Alaska.

There are two types of nursing undergraduate students: 

  • Pre-Major

All students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission to the nursing programs are automatically admitted as pre-majors. Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the full major portion of the nursing programs as there is limited capacity in each program and location. Pre-major students are considered degree-seeking students and are eligible for federal financial aid. The following pages are primarily designed for students at this stage.

  • Full-Major

Once a student has successfully gone through the ranking process for their program and been offered a seat in a Nursing cohort they are considered a full-major student. Full major students are the only students eligible to take NURS and NS nursing courses.

Why choose Nursing Undergraduate Programs at UAA? 

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Qualify to sit for the National Certification and Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.


Access thousands of medical references for in-depth research in the Alaska Medical Library.

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Learn from expert faculty and collaborate with other healthcare disciplines in interprofessional exercises.


The AAS in Nursing and BS in Nursing are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Program Locations

  • Anchorage* (AAS, BSN)
  • Bethel (AAS)
  • Dillingham (AAS)
  • Fairbanks (BSN)
  • Homer (AAS)
  • Juneau (AAS)
  • Kenai (AAS)
  • Ketchikan (AAS)
  • Kodiak (BSN)
  • Kotzebue (AAS)
  • Mat-Su** (AAS, BSN)
  • Nome (AAS)
  • Petersburg (AAS)
  • Sitka (AAS)
  • Valdez (AAS)

*The final class of AAS students in Anchorage will begin in Fall 2022 (with a spring 2022 application deadline).
**The final class of AAS students in Mat-Su will begin in Spring 2023 (with a fall 2022 application deadline).

Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: BS in Nursing


Catalog: AAS in Nursing


Contact Us

(907) 786-4550

Physical Address
UAA School of Nursing
UAA Health Sciences Building
3795 Piper Street, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA School of Nursing
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 101
Anchorage, AK 99508