The RN to BSN Program delivers a unique educational opportunity for Registered Nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Alaska. Most courses are offered in 7-week modules via distance delivery. Admission applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters.
The creation of our program addresses the ongoing nursing shortage and offers a new pathway for growing a sustainable nursing workforce in our State.
The creation of APU’s RN to BSN Program is a timely response to the needs of Alaskans. Our program incorporates indigenous ways of knowing and seeks to prepare Registered Nurses to embrace their role as health and wellness advocates for Alaska Natives.
The RN to BSN Program ensures that our existing Alaska-based Registered Nurses can continue to provide care in local health facilities while pursuing higher education and professional goal attainment. Our distinctive program not only provides an educational pathway for Registered Nurses to attain their bachelor’s degree in Nursing (RN-BSN), but delivers an education that is grounded in cultural competence and cultural safety.
As the focus of healthcare shifts to primary prevention and care at the community level, the need for BSN-prepared nurses grows. Registered Nurses who attain a BSN degree have greater job placement opportunities and increased earning potential throughout the State of Alaska.
Interested applicants must have a current, unencumbered State of Alaska RN license on file.
Alaska Board of Nursing
12 AAC 44.020. TYPES OF PROGRAM APPROVAL
Regulation – (b) Provisional approval may be granted to a nursing education program that has not been in operation long enough to meet the requirements set out in 12 AAC 44.010 – 12 AAC 44.140. A nursing education program that is granted provisional approval may conduct the program and offer nursing classes and clinical instruction until the board’s final decision on the program’s application for full approval under 12 AAC 44.040.
On November 4th, 2020, the Alaska Board of Nursing voted unanimously to continue to provisionally approve the Alaska Pacific University nursing programs.
Accreditation Commission for Excellence in Nursing
Effective March 3, 2020, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Alaska Pacific University, located in Anchorage, Alaska is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 2022.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp
On-Time Program Completion Rate Based on RN-to-BSN Program Option
(Expected Level of Achievement = 60%)
* Program completion rate calculation for students who complete the program of study on time begins with calculating enrollment on the first day of the first nursing course and ends with the completion of the course required for conferral of a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
The Nursing & Health Program Area is grounded in cultural competence and cultural safety, our nursing, community health, and health sciences programs provide pathways to professional goal attainment. We partner with care providers, health services, and Tribal organizations to ensure that our programs are relevant, respectful, and responsible. Join us now to meet the critical care needs of our communities.