Barbara Berner

Barbara Berner, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Office: HSB 374
Phone: (907) 786-4503


Dr. Berner has had a long career in nursing. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Anselm College, her master's degree in nursing as an adult nurse practitioner from Oregon Health and Science University, a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner from the George Washington University and a doctorate in Adult Education, Policy and Program Planning from Boston University.

She came to the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1998 and became coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, a position she held for ten years. She then accepted a position as Project Director to develop the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the School of Nursing. She was Interim Director for the School of Nursing until September of 2011 when she accepted the position as Director of the School of Nursing.

Dr. Berner has maintained her professional career as a practicing nurse practitioner and has had many leadership roles. She is the past president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, served two terms as president of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association, chaired the Professional Practices Committee for the Alaska Nurses Association and the Legislative Committee for the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association. In addition, she served on the Alaska State Board of Nursing and chaired the Board for two years. She currently serves as the founding president of the Alaska Professional Nurses Organization and is chairperson of the board of directors of Alaska Youth Advocates.

Her scholarship interests include original national research on clinical competence in distance delivered nurse practitioner programs. She currently serves on an AACN National Task Force on APRN Clinical Training. She has spearheaded statewide research that is now providing the first data on nurse practitioner practice trends in Alaska. That data has helped to identify and quantify the role and impact of nurse practitioners on primary care in Alaska. 

Dr. Berner is married to Dr. James Berner, a Pediatrician who works with the Alaska Native Health Tribal Consortium. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.