APU seeks to develop and offer programming that meets the healthcare workforce needs of Alaska. The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program offers the foundational skills needed to provide culturally safe, holistic care for Alaska Natives, Indigenous peoples, and other under-served populations across Alaska.
The ADN program at APU delivers relevant coursework with real-world projects and clinical placements. Through our unique programming, our students are prepared for and supported in meeting their educational, professional, and community-driven goals.
The Associate Degree in Nursing program follows a cohort model that starts once a year in the Fall semester. Students admitted to the Nursing program can expect to complete the program in three semesters across 18 months, based on full-time enrollment.
Students interested in pursuing the Associate Degree in Nursing must complete all pre-requisite coursework for admission to the program. Pre-requisite* coursework includes:
- Principles of Biology I & II
- Principles of Chemistry I
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- College Algebra for Health Sciences
- Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare Professionals
- Writing & Research I: Argumentation
- Culturally Safe Healthcare
*APU students who have successfully completed equivalent pre-requisite coursework at an accredited institution, may have their transcript(s) evaluated to determine coursework transferability. Pre-requisite coursework completed more than five (5) years ago and any Nursing Major Courses are not eligible for transfer.
For current APU students, the eligibility criteria to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing are:
- Complete ALL pre-requisite coursework listed above with a C or better
- Submit application for admission, when available
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Essay regarding interest in pursuing a career in Nursing
- Current Resume
- Applicants who meet the above eligibility requirements will be contacted for an interview with the APU Nursing Faculty
Students who successfully complete the Associate Degree in Nursing program will be prepared to attain licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Associate Degree in Nursing Major Studies coursework includes:
- Culturally Safe Nursing Practice
- Foundations of Pathopharmacology
- Culturally Safe Mental & Behavioral Health Nursing Practice
- Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill
- Transition to Registered Nursing Practice
*For a full listing of the coursework required for the Associate Degree in Nursing, please visit the APU Academic Catalog
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.