The AK Bridge Program delivers a unique educational opportunity for Registered Nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Alaska. Courses are offered in 7-week modules via distance delivery and will start each Fall semester.
Create a Pathway. The creation of our program addresses the ongoing nursing shortage and offers a new pathway for growing a sustainable nursing workforce in our State.
Timely Response to Workforce Needs. The creation of APU’s AK Bridge 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 AK Bridge 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 RN license on file and be in compliance with Alaska or other Nurse Practice Acts. Please see APU Apply Site for additional information.
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.
Renee Georg, Associate Professor:
People are fascinating! In Counseling Psychology we study people, what they do, how they think, and how experiences impact their lives and attitudes; we study ourselves. Upon graduation, students are prepared to advance through the helping professions and to apply what they have learned about people to a wide variety of career and life goals.