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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

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    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

    Prepare to work in complex health care environments with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a nursing science major, you will explore important health care topics, including community care, population health and clinical research.

Explore the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Responding to the needs of the nursing profession in Alaska, the accredited BSN will prepare you for careers in a variety of health care settings by offering diverse clinical experiences across populations.

Nursing financial aid and scholarships
Numerous program scholarships are available to help you cover college expenses, including tuition and fees. You may also qualify for tuition waivers or scholarships from the School of Nursing, UAA and private funders. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Nurses cohort and community
With two opportunities — fall and spring — to enroll each year, you will become part of an active, dedicated community of peers working together to improve local and global health. Join the Student Nurses’ Association, part of the National Student Nurses’ Association. Plus, you may be invited to join UAA’s student chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Omicron.

Specialized studies
Choose electives that interest you to expand your knowledge and skills in specific content areas. Elective class options cover a variety of topics, including women’s health, forensic nursing, perioperative care, renal care, rural health, human sexuality, foot and wound care and telemedicine.

Nurse licensure
Earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing science and qualify to sit for the National Certification and Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After passing the exam, you will be eligible to complete Alaska’s state application process for certification as a registered nurse.

Satellite campuses
You can complete the BSN program at University of Alaska campuses across the state, including in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Fairbanks and Kodiak — allowing you to earn your degree from UAA while staying closer to home. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

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

Availability:Anchorage campus, Mat-Su College, Kodiak College

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

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

Did you know..

85 percent of nursing majors who use the School of Nursing’s peer tutoring services pass the courses in which they received tutoring.

What can you do with a nursing degree from UAA?

As nursing generalists, alumni who earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing science from UAA are prepared for entry-level nursing practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics and a variety of other healthcare settings.

Nursing graduate programs
Plan ahead and check out UAA's accredited graduate certificates and the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program, with clinical and leadership concentrations. 

With a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you will also be qualified to apply for UAA’s accredited B.S. to D.N.P. program. The Doctor of Nursing Practice in nursing science is the highest level of degree in the field offered at UAA.

Nursing careers
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
  • Flight nursing

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 science bachelor’s degree program highlights

In the classroom and clinical experiences, you will learn community-based, relationship-centered nursing care and apply it to current issues and challenges in Alaska and beyond.

  • Graduate faster if you’re already a registered nurse. Apply course credit to fulfill degree program requirements in the R.N. to B.S.N. degree program if you’ve already passed the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • Engage in clinical rotations that help you develop practical skills in inpatient care. As a nursing science major, you will receive valuable hands-on work experience in hospitals and other health care settings. Many clinical placements extend job offers to students upon graduation and licensure. Clinical rotation sites include a variety of hospital settings, such as Providence, Alaska Regional, Mat-Su Regional and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
  • Earn clinical agency hours in clinical simulations. UAA’s skills lab is equipped with high-fidelity manikins that mimic human vital signs and responses, offering you hands-on experience and practice working with patients.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare disciplines in interprofessional exercises. Scenarios using high-fidelity manikins and live actors bring together nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, dietitians, pharmacists, and physical and occupational therapists. You can practice treating patients with different needs in a health care setting requiring comprehensive care.
  • Access thousands of medical references in the Alaska Medical Library with MEDLINE and CINAHL. Journal publications, collections of clinical medicine and nursing journal titles, and health reference materials and indexes, as well as one-on-one assistance, are available to you as a nursing science major.
  • Utilize student resources in the Health Sciences Building. Home to the College of Health, UAA’s Health Sciences Building is well-equipped with smart classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, and high-tech equipment and resources.

Amazing stories from nursing majors

The forging of life-long friendships, both among peers and staff, is what made my experience the most gratifying. Nursing school is difficult, but it sure is nice to know that you have like-minded friends who are willing to lift you up when you’re in need. Undoubtedly, there were difficult times; nonetheless, all things worth achieving have unique complexities, but none are insurmountable. I will be forever grateful for my time at the UAA School of Nursing. Truly, this was one of the most rewarding endeavors I have ever undertaken.

Arylis Scates
B.S. Nursing Science ’17, Registered Nurse, Inpatient Internal Medicine, Alaska Native Medical Center
The sign on the door for the School of Nursing

From transferring credits to understanding degree requirements, an advisor at the College of Health’s Student Success Center will help answer your questions so you can plan for your future.

A student practicing with an Iv

Already a registered nurse? Receive course credit for knowledge and skills demonstrated on the NCLEX-RN exam to earn your bachelor’s degree faster in UAA’s R.N. to B.S. nursing program. Classes are offered online and statewide.

Students in the simulation lab

Target your coursework by interacting with diverse populations across a variety of specialties. While working with these populations, you can specialize in forensics, acute care, renal care, pediatrics, transcultural nursing, human sexuality, foot and wound care, perioperative environments and more.

Nursing science bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program helps students understand the unique health care challenges and opportunities presented by Alaska’s environment and population.

Coursework begins with a semester of general theory to prepare you for clinicals, followed by intensive clinical rotations for hands-on work experience.

Top classes for nursing majors

  • In Rural Health Care, you’ll solve problems with a focus on Alaska communities.
  • In Foundations of Nursing, students develop skills using current nursing technology such as charting with electronic health records
  • In Introduction to Forensic Nursing, you’ll explore interpersonal violence, intentional injury and trauma in relation to victim and perpetrator populations