Alaska CNA Certification and Licensing
Alaska CNA Entry Requirements
In Alaska potential certified nursing program students need to have a high school diploma or a GED. This is in addition to a clean criminal background and no record of abuse or neglect if the student has been a CNA in another state previously. If a student does not have a diploma or GED, they may be able to participate in the training program if they place well in a reading comprehension program.
Alaska CNA Program Basics
A CNA student must enter a program that is approved by the state. To qualify for the Alaska state nursing assistant examination, the student must have completed at least 140 hours of instruction in the classroom and in clinicals (hands on). Requirements include 60 hours of classroom training and another 80 hours for clinicals. Alaska has arguably the best and most comprehensive nursing assistant training in the United States. The typical cost of the program is at or around $2000. Some nursing facilities offer the program for free and scholarships are available since CNAs are in high demand throughout the state.
Alaska CNA State Examination
Alaska requires all nursing assistant students to complete and pass the state examination before allowing the student to receive their CNA certification. In Alaska Pearson VUE administers the nursing assistant exam. If the student registers, then passes the certification they are placed on the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry. Once certified through this exam, new CNAs are eligible to work in different healthcare facilities throughout Alaska.
Alaska CNA Re-certification
Re-certification is every two years and some employers will cover or reimburse the cost of re-certification. The Alaska Nurse Aide Registry will send a packet to CNAs when it is time to re-certify. If a nurse aide allows their license to lapse, they may need to retake the training programs and exam to continue working in the industry.