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.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Alaska

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.

CNA Classes in Alaska

To find out more about becoming a CNA in Alaska, check out our list of available classes, courses, and programs.

Anchorage, AK

SchoolContact Information
Alaska Vocational Training Center
CNA Programs
1565 Bragaw St
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 267-9113
Anchorage School District- King Tech High School
CNA Programs
2650 E. Northern Lts. Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 742-4136
Caregiver Training Academy
CNA Programs
203 W 15th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 258-0535
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1800

Bethel, AK

SchoolContact Information
Bethel CNA Program
CNA Programs
201 Akiak Dr
Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-4500
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
CNA Programs
528 Chief Eddie Hoffman Hwy
Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-6000

Chugiak, AK

SchoolContact Information
Chugiak - Eagle River Health Education
CNA Programs
22424 N Birchwood Loop
Chugiak, AK 99567
(907) 688-2603

Fairbanks, AK

SchoolContact Information
University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College
CNA Programs
604 Barnette Street Rm. 401
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 455-2876

Homer, AK

SchoolContact Information
Kachemak Bay Campus - Kenai Peninsula College - Homer
CNA Programs
533 E. Pioneer Ave
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-7743

Juneau, AK

SchoolContact Information
Juneau - University of Alaska Southeast
CNA Programs
1415 Harbor Way
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 796-6125

Ketchikan, AK

SchoolContact Information
Ketchikan - University of Alaska Southeast
CNA Programs
2600 7th Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907) 228-4537

Kodiak, AK

SchoolContact Information
Kodiak College
CNA Programs
117 Benny Benson Dr
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 539-2805

Kotzebue, AK

SchoolContact Information
Kotzebue - Alaska Technical Center
CNA Programs
843 4th St
Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-3733

Nome, AK

SchoolContact Information
Nome - UAF Northwest Campus Norton Sound Health Corp.
CNA Programs
400 Front St
Nome, AK 99762
(907) 443-9588

Palmer, AK

SchoolContact Information
Alaska Job Corps
CNA Programs
800 E Lynn Martin Dr
Palmer, AK 99654
(907) 861-8808
Alaska Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
800 E Lynn Martin Dr
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 861-8800
Matanuska-Susitna College
CNA Programs
8295 College Dr
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-9774

Petersburg, AK

SchoolContact Information
Petersburg Medical Center
CNA Programs
103 Fram St
Petersburg, AK 99833
(907) 772-4291

Sitka, AK

SchoolContact Information
Sitka - University of Alaska
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-9476

Soldotna, AK

SchoolContact Information
Heritage Place- Kenai Peninsula College
CNA Programs
232 Rockwell
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 252-7337

Valdez, AK

SchoolContact Information
Valdez - Valdez Combined Program-Providence Valdez Medical Center/Prince William Sound College
CNA Programs
911 Meals Ave
Valdez, AK 99686
(907) 834-1801

Wasilla, AK

SchoolContact Information
Mat-Su Career & Tech High
2472 Seward Meridian
Wasilla, AK 99654
(907) 352-0426

Wrangell, AK

SchoolContact Information
Wrangell Medical Center
CNA Programs
310 Bennett St
Wrangell, AK 99929
(907) 874-7000

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