School of Nursing


Graduates of the AAS Program are prepared to provide direct  nursing care to individuals in inpatient settings and structured outpatient settings.  The program provides students with a closely related mix of theory and clinical practice.  Students gain clinical experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.  The program requires a minimum of two years of full-time study.

Admission Prerequisites

  • High School Algebra or MATH 055 or math placement test (showing ability to take MATH 105)
  • High School Biology with lab or BIOL 102 & BIOL 103, or BIOL 111/L
  • High School Chemistry with lab or CHEM 055 or higher level chemistry

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum High School or  college grade point average of 2.0 is required; prior UAA students must have a  cumulative UAA GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • UAA Undergraduate  application and AAS nursing pre-major status and transcript evaluations if needed 
  • School of Nursing  application, three letters of recommendation and confidential form
  • Completion of 15  college credits or SAT, ACT or ACCUPLACER scores
  • Nursing Entrance Exam  (HESI) score
  • Evidence of receiving  academic advising from a nursing advisor

The deadline for completing the application process for the Anchorage campus each year is February 1. For outreach sites the deadline for completing the application varies depending on the site. Please contact the School of Nursing at (907) 786-4550 or to determine the deadline for a particular site. There are fourteen locations throughout Alaska, including Anchorage, that offer an AAS in Nursing. Admission is determined by the applicant's rank among other applicants in relation to program requirements.

Progression in the program requires that students maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and earn grades of C or higher or Pass in all required nursing courses.

Degree Requirements

A total of 70 credits are required for the Associate of Applied Science, Nursing degree; including 20 credits at the 200-level (built into the program). These credits are taken in the following areas:

General Education Requirements (GER) - Course/Credits
Course Course Title Credits
COMM 111, COMM 235, COMM 237, or COMM 241 Oral Communication Skills 3
ENGL 111, and ENGL 211, 212 or 213 Written Communication Skills 6
Social Science- GER 3
Humanities, Math, Natural or Social Sciences - GER 3
Program Requirements (Course/Credits)
Course Course Title Credits
BIOL 111/L Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 112/L Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 240/L Microbiology 4
PSY 150 Life Span Development 3
DN 203 Nutrition for Health Sciences 3

Acceptance into the Nursing Major is required before enrollment in the first nursing course, NURS 120/L.The major consists of four clinical semester.

Nursing Courses (Course/Credits)

Semester I
Course Course Title Credits
NURS 120/L Nursing Fundamentals 7
Semester II
Course Course Title Credits
NURS 125/L Adult Nursing I 7
NURS 180 Nursing Pharmacology 3
Semester III
Course Course Title Credits
NURS 220/L Perinatal Nursing 4
NURS 221 Parenteral Therapy Lab 1
NURS 222/L Pediatric Nursing 4
Semester IV
Course Course Title Credits
NURS 225/L Adult Nursing II 6
NURS 250/L Psychiatric Nursing 4
NURS 255 The Staff Nurse 1

Graduates must perform successfully on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to obtain RN licensure.

For additional information, please contact:

Coordinator of Student Affairs
Nursing Programs
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Health Sciences Bldg - Nursing
Anchorage, AK 99508-8030
Telephone:(907) 786-4550
FAX: (907) 786-4559