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Nursing A.A.S.

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    Nursing A.A.S.

    From advanced simulation technology to real-world clinical learning experiences, the Nursing A.A.S. gives you the skills and resources to become a successful nursing generalist. Plus, you will be qualified to sit for the national exam to become a registered nurse.

Explore the nursing associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The Associate of Applied Sciences in nursing at UAA prepares you to deliver excellent patient care in a wide variety of acute care settings. Participate in high-fidelity simulations throughout the program, and explore the unique challenges and opportunities for nurses in Alaska.

Nursing scholarships and financial aid

Program scholarships, such as the Bonnie Martin McGee Memorial Nursing Scholarship, are available to help you cover tuition, fees and other college expenses. You may also qualify for tuition waivers or departmental, university-wide and private scholarships. Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

Academic advising
Whether you’re a high school student or working professional interested in starting or advancing your nursing career, UAA offers student advising on educational opportunities and planning a course of study unique to your needs. Schedule an appointment with a nursing advisor today.

Access student resources designed to help you succeed, such as peer tutoring services for prerequisite and degree program courses.

Outreach program
UAA’s School of Nursing hosts the A.A.S. in Nursing program at outreach sites across Alaska, so you can stay in or near your hometown to complete the program with a group of your peers. The program is available in Anchorage, Bethel, Dillingham, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, Petersburg, Sitka and Valdez. 

Student organizations
Join the National Student Nurses’ Association as part of UAA’s Student Nurses’ Association. You may also be invited to join Beta Iota, UAA’s student chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, the nursing national honor society affiliated with The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.

Nursing A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years. Pre-majors must apply for admission to the full major.

Availability:Anchorage campus, Kenai Peninsula College, Mat-Su College, Prince William Sound College

Accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Other program options: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. (offered online)

Did you know..

Continue your nursing education in UAA School of Nursing’s R.N. to B.S.N. undergraduate degree program. Designed to help registered nurses earn a bachelor’s degree, classes are available online and statewide.

What can you do with a nursing degree from UAA?

Advanced nursing programs
After you’ve earned an associate degree in nursing, you may choose to continue your education by completing the fully online R.N. to B.S.N. track in UAA’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is required for an increasing number of nursing jobs and opens the door to graduate programs in nursing, such as Master of Science in Nursing, graduate certificates and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Nursing careers
Most nursing majors who earn an associate nursing degree sit for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). With state licensure, you will be qualified for entry-level nursing practice in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and community agencies.

UAA alumni are employed across Alaska and the U.S. in fields such as these:

  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Emergency services
  • Perioperative care
  • Critical care

By the numbers..

UAA Nursing’s NCLEX-RN certification annual pass rate.
UAA Nursing alumni survey
The average starting salary for nurses in Alaska.
Alaska Bureau of Labor and Workforce Development

Nursing associate degree program highlights

  • Gain direct work experience with clinical rotations that often lead to job offers. As a nursing major, you can work in hospital and other health care settings to develop practical skills in patient care. Clinical rotation sites include major hospitals, long-term care facilities and community health organizations.
  • Get hands-on experience with clinical simulations while earning clinical hours. Work with high-fidelity manikins that mimic human vital signs and responses in UAA’s skills lab.
  • Challenge and enhance your skills in the Nursing Resource Center, with two skills labs and a computer lab. The Center provides a supportive learning environment for holistic patient care where you can hone your skills while being guided by faculty.
  • Conduct in-depth research and database searches in the Alaska Medical Library. The specialized medical reference service includes MEDLINE and CINAHL for access to journal publications, collections of clinical medicine and nursing journal titles and health reference materials and indexes, as well as one-on-one assistance.

Amazing stories from nursing majors

The faculty at UAA’s School of Nursing are amazing. Sometimes we forget that every nurse was once a student and they are here to facilitate our learning and help us become the great nurses that we know we can be. Nursing professors support you; they reach out if you are having problems on a test or assignments, and they work with you to get you where you need to be. They push you to do your best and they give you the tools to be able to do so.

Shannon Konkler
A.A.S. Nursing ’17 Renal Care Nurse, Providence Alaska Medical Center
A student checking the pulse of a mannequin

Through programs like RRANN and NWD, the UAA School of Nursing provides support and resources to help students from rural Alaska communities be successful throughout their degree program.

RRANN and NWD programs
A student practicing with a mannequin

UAA's Area Health Education Center helps to improve the distribution, diversity and quality of health care professionals in Alaska, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

Area Health Education Center
A teacher and a student working on a patient's foot

UAA faculty members Jamie Elswick and Michele Burdette-Taylor lead the grant-funded Foot and Wound Care Clinic for Anchorage’s homeless population. As a nursing major, you can volunteer for the clinic while earning course credit and gaining work experience.

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Nursing associate degree program curriculum

With an emphasis on physical health and multidisciplinary collaboration, the associate degree in nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage prepares you to work with other professions related to health care, such as the justice system and law enforcement.

Coursework is aligned to national industry standards, so you build on a strong foundation of knowledge and skills while learning to think on your feet and apply information to different situations.

Top classes for nursing majors

  • Care for mothers from conception to delivery in Perinatal Nursing.
  • Learn how to use current nursing technology such as electronic health records for charting in Nursing Fundamentals.