CNA Classes & Programs in Alaska
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), which can be generally categorized as a nurse’s aide, helps patients in many ways, such as assisting them with personal hygiene, wound dressing or obtaining vitals. In the frontier state of Alaska, CNAs can earn approximately $38,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor. This is considerably more than the national average of $23,050. CNAs frequently leverage their patient and healthcare experience to advance into LPNs or even RNs.
To earn their certification, CNA candidates must begin their training at an approved program offered at a community college, a technical college, or even a stand-alone CNA institute. Some high schools in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska offer CNA training programs as well. As a result of the acute Certified Nursing Assistant shortage in the state, many nursing homes will permit CNAs to work while they attend school. For details, visit our Requirements for CNAs page.
- Program Length: Most CNA preparation programs are 6 to 10 weeks long and include in-class learnings as well as lab and clinical trainings. Community colleges that award degrees may have additional requirements when compared to career institutes.
- Program Cost: Because the demand for CNAs in Alaska is severe, many assisted living facilities will cover the CNA training costs in exchange for a commitment to work at the facility. Otherwise, the average tuition cost for a CNA program is approximately $1,800.
- Board Approved Programs: The state of Alaska requires CNA applicants to complete 60 hours of classroom and 80 hours of clinical instruction. As such, it is crucial to select a school or institute that is approved. For more information about certification, visit our CNA certification requirements in Alaska page.
- Online/In-Person Options: CNA programs are designed to be fast and intense with a lot of hands-on instruction. As such, there are a limited number of programs that offer online courses. Students in Alaska may find that they can complete at least a portion of their studies online, which may benefit those in rural communities, a large portion of the state.
To find out more about becoming a CNA in Alaska, check out our list of available classes, courses, and programs.
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