The purpose of the Practical Nurse (LPN) program at APU is to deliver a nursing program focused on cultural safety and quality care for rural and Alaska Native populations and aligned with opportunities advancing in the nursing profession, we are preparing paths for students to contribute to the health and wellbeing of their communities.
APU’s LPN program is currently offered in four locations:
Bethel, Alaska in partnership with Yuut Elitnaurviat
Fairbanks, Alaska in partnership with Foundation Health Partners
Juneau, Alaska in partnership with Bartlett Regional Hospital
Palmer/Wasilla, Alaska in partnership with Yungcarista of Alaska
Effective September 30, 2021, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on September 30, 2023.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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APU’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs work in partnership with Yuut Elitnaurviat (Bethel), Yuncarista (Palmer/Wasilla), and Foundation Health Partners (Fairbanks). Our programs are designed to develop students to provide culturally safe, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care to restore, promote, and maintain physical and mental health throughout their lifespan in various healthcare settings. We teach our students to demonstrate clinical judgment to make patient-centered care decisions within the scope of practical nursing practice.
Over two semesters, using the integration of culturally relevant care activities to improve patient care, students will learn how to demonstrate patient advocacy, incorporate families and recognize groups in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and growth as human beings and to respect the diversity of individuals.
Incorporating principles of communication and collaboration, students learn to work as part of healthcare teams in professional settings to promote movement toward optimal levels of health for patients. Utilizing evidence-based methods, assessments, technologies, and management systems to guide and communicate decisions that promote optimal outcomes, students utilize both traditional and academic knowledge to advance the health of Alaska native, indigenous, and underserved populations.
- Hospital Worker
- Hospice Care
- Private Clinics
- Licensed Practical Nurse
Total Credit Hours
CS 20500: Culturally Safe Healthcare
NUR 10100: Practical Nursing I – Culturally Safe Foundations of Practical Nursing
NUR 10600: Pathopharmacology for Licensed Practical Nurses
Total Credit Hours
NUR 10200: Practical Nursing II: Culturally Safe and Holistic Nursing Care of Adults
NUR 10300: Practical Nursing III: Maternal Child Culturally Safe Care
NUR 10600: The Nursing Profession – Quality, Ethics, Legalities, and Policy for Licensed Practical Nurses
NUR 10400: Practical Nursing Clinical Concentration – Preceptorship
*This is a sample schedule only and not meant to represent the program schedule
Completion, NCLEX, and Job Placement Data
Coming Soon – Summer 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Licensed Practice Nurse and what can I do with this certificate?
The certificate program authorizes one to sit for a national examination, NCLEX -PN and achieve licensure. With licensure the LPN can provide direct care to patients, giving routine nursing care to all types of patients, and provide health teaching to clients in many settings. They often assist registered nurses in more complex, non-routine care. Typical duties include taking vital signs, administering prescribed medications, giving injections, preparing patients for medical examinations and surgical procedures, and recording information in the patient’s medical record.
What is this program?
This certificate program meets the requirements set out by the Alaska Board of Nursing for licensure as a practical nurse. Students develop these skills in the nursing skills lab, in the classroom and by participating in clinical observations and experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.
Are there any other LPN programs in the state of Alaska?
No, there are currently no other LPN programs in the state of Alaska.
Where is this program offered?
APU’s LPN program is currently offered in the following locations: Bethel, Fairbanks and Palmer/Wasilla. Students must be able to attend in-person labs and clinical rotations in the program for which they apply and are admitted.
When does the next cohort start and what is the application timeline?
Each of the three programs will have a cohort entering for the Fall 2023 term with the following timeline:
July 1: Application Deadline
July 26-August 5: Interviews conducted by nursing faculty
August 10: Cohort notified
August 22: Fall 2023 starts
How is the program structured? If you get in, what is the commitment? (classes, time required, schedule)
The program is 2 semesters long, a total of 27 total credit hours and will be offered in a hybrid format. Lectures will be offered online and recorded to offer student’s a flexible schedule. Students will be required to meet in person at the Yuut facility every other week, 3-weekdays to work hands-on in the simulation lab. Typically this will be from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Wednesday. However, APU Nursing faculty does not make the clinical schedule, it is dependent on our clinical partners and may include nights, weekends and overnight shifts.
Information on Fairbanks cohort coming soon!
I work full-time, can I still do the program?
This is a full-time program. Although it is offered in a hybrid format, you should expect to meet in-person at the Yuut facility for lab work (see question 7), be available for your clinical rotations—which may include nights, weekends, and overnight shifts. Lastly, every class hour in nursing correlates to 3 hours of homework, reading, and studying. Even when you are not meeting in person, you should be prepared to build self-study time into your weekly schedule.
Information on Fairbanks cohort coming soon!
What do I need to be eligible for the program?
The following pre-requisites are required:
- Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Course: that includes the structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on gross anatomy and all organic systems and their relationship to homeostasis.** (Additional courses, including Human Biology may be accepted to complete this requirement, if you have questions on a specific course, please reach out to email@example.com
- Clinical Experience: Show proof of completion of one of the following: Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA), Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Health Aid, ETT, CHAP (must be 2 or higher) Paramedic, EMT, or Dental Heath Aid. Other experience may be accepted dependent on Nursing Department review.
- Submit Official final High School Transcript or GED: Provide an official final transcript, including graduation date or an official copy of your GED score report to the Office of Admissions.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended: Postsecondary transcripts from all institutions attended. This requirement includes students who earned college credit at another institution while in high school. If you have less than 30 college credit hours you must submit your Official final high school transcript (must show the date of graduation) or official GED score report.
** Transcripts are considered official when received in an envelope that was sealed by the credit-awarding institution and arrive at APU unopened. Electronic transcripts are also accepted when sent directly to APU from the credit-awarding institution via a secured electronic transcript service.
Mail (Sealed) or Email (via secured site)
Office of Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
How do I apply?
Apply online with your $25 application fee. Click here to apply.
Do I need internet?
Computers at Yuut may be available for students to use. At home (or another location) the course will require the following:
i.A reliable computer & access to Blackboard
ii.A recent web browser
iii.An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
iv.An internet connection
v.Computer microphone, speakers, and camera
How much does the program cost?
For the fall 2022 cohort, tuition and fees are covered at no cost to students, who enroll in the program, due to scholarship assistance. Tuition is $475/credit hour. A sample tuition and fee schedule for a semester is below:
Tuition (13-14 credits/semester): 6650
Mandatory Fees: 130
LPN Fees (ATI): 1073
Are financial aid and scholarships available?
Yes. Students should begin the financial aid process first by filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, APU offers several other resources for scholarships and financial aid below:
- Tribal Health Systems Scholarship: Alaska Pacific University offers a scholarship for employees, board members, and dependents of the Alaska Tribal Health System, and a matching scholarship for ANTHC employees who are Alaska Native or American Indian. Click here for more details.
- Managed Scholarships: APU has several donor-funded scholarships that require a separate application to apply. For specific scholarship guidelines and awarding schedule, please use the above link.
Is housing available in Bethel?
Housing is available at Yuut on a space available basis. No spouses, partners, or pets are allowed. Please contact Walt Betz at email@example.com. Students are responsible for food and lodging costs. Those costs are the responsibility of the student but may be factored into the Cost of Attendance for Federal Financial Aid grant, scholarship and, loan calculations.
I still have more questions, what should I do?
Contact the APU Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuut (Bethel, AK): Selena Malone email@example.com
Foundation Health Partners (Fairbanks, AK): Karen Lapp, Karen.Lapp@foundationhealth.org
How does licensure work? Can I apply for licensure outside Alaska?
1. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the APU Practical Nursing Certificate Program, the student will file a form in the state in which he/she wishes to take the national nursing licensure examination. These forms are available online at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/nur4111.pdf
If a student is interested in licensure in another state, they are responsible for contacting that state’s Board of Nursing office for information. A list of state licensure requirements is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Website: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm
Students requiring accommodations will refer to the State Board of Nursing for information.
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