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Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Alaska. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in Alaska

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, an Alaska state approved certification needs to be obtained. In the state of Alaska,  a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction over the course of 4 to 8 eight weeks are provided. The board of nursing-designed curriculum requires trainers to facilitate 60 hours of classroom instruction plus 80 hours of skills instruction at an approved nursing facility.

Training provides you with all the skills you need to function as a direct care member of a health care team. You’ll have the skills to provide direct care to residents and patients in a wide variety of settings. The course content includes mental health disorders, bed baths, personal care, medical abbreviations, medical terminology, communication, preventing infections, range of motion, rehabilitation, death and dying, basic emergency care, nutrition, transfers and ambulation, caring for the elderly, ethics, and the role of the CNA in health care.

Graduates of state-approved training programs qualify to sit the Alaska State Certification Exam for Nursing Assistants.

Become a CNA in Alaska

Here are the steps to follow in order to become an Alaska certified CNA:

  1. Enroll in a state certified school

  2. Complete the training

  3. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

  4. Register to take the state CNA exam

  5. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Alaska, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English, and have a high school diploma or GED. Programs require for the individual to be at least 17 years old, able to pass a background check, have a medical exam, and have proof of immunization.Alaska’s primary training providers are community colleges, medical facilities, and vocational schools. The average cost of training is $1,800 (tuition only) for Alaska residents.

The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants recommends that nurse aide students check with local health facilities for free training opportunities. You’ll not only get free training, but also guaranteed employment upon certification. Remember, it is unlawful for nurse aides employed at licensed facilities to pay for the state certification exam – it is your employer’s responsibility.

Here are a few local CNA Classes  in Alaska

CNA Classes in Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Community Technical College: (907) 455-2800

CNA CLasses in Kodiak

Kodiak College: (907)486-4161

CNA CLasses in Sitka

University of Alaska Southeast- Sitka Campus: (907)747-7770

CNA Classes in Ketchikan

University of Alaska Southeast- Ketchikan Campus: (907)225-6177

CNA Classes in Ancorage

Caregiver Training Academy: (907)258-0535

CNA Classes in Kotzebue

Alaska Technical Center: (907)442-1502

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Search CNA Scholarships available in Alaska (free CNA training available)

Alaska CNA Testing

Authorized Administrator for competency exam in Alaska is Pearson Vue. The two-part exam tests your competency to become a certified nurse aide in the state. You must apply and pass the exam within two years of graduating from a state-accredited training program. You must take both the written and skills exam on the same day if you’re a first-time tester. You can also apply for testing if you:

  • Possess a nursing license issued by any state or territory within the United States

  • Successfully completed a nursing program within the past two years

  • Successfully completed a medic training program in the military

  • Possess a nursing license from a foreign country.

The written exam tests your knowledge with 70 multiple-choice questions. You’ll have two hours to complete the exam. The oral exam contains 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. The skills evaluation is set up like an actual caregiving situation. During the exam, you’ll have to perform five skills.. You’ll only pass the exam if you perform all five skills according to standards. You can have up to three attempts to pass the nurse aide competency exam.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and skills exam – $50

  • Oral and skills exam – $55

  • Initial certification fee – $100

  • Fingerprint processing fee – $60

  • Application fee – $50

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