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 ADN 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.
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 associate degree 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
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
- Principles of Chemistry I
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
- 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 ten (10) 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:
- ALL pre-requisite coursework listed above must be completed, with a C, by the start of the first semester of the cohort
- Submit application for admission, when available, and all required documents by deadline to be considered
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Cover letter with education statement explaining 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
- Upon successful completion of all requirements of the APU ADN nursing 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. In Alaska: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/OnlineInstructionsRNbyExamination.pdf
- The APU Registrars’ Office sends the verification form to the Alaska Board of Nursing, assuring that the student has met all requirements to take the NCLEX examination.
- It will take at least six (4-6) weeks after graduation for the posting of the information necessary for the affidavit and testing attestation to be completed.
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.
Associate Degree in Nursing Major Studies coursework includes:
- Foundations of Culturally Safe Nursing Practice
- Pathopharmacology I
- Mental and Behavioral Health in Nursing: A Culturally Safe Approach
- Med/Surg I: Care of the Client with Chronic and Acute Conditions
- Med/Surg II: Transition to Care of the Client with Critical Conditions
*For a full listing of the coursework required for the Associate Degree in Nursing, please visit the APU Academic Catalog
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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.