Alaska has very challenging problems delivering quality nursing care due to its diverse population and large expanses of rural areas. The Alaska Action Coalition is working to transform health care to meet the unique needs of the state’s residents, and they want to encourage nurses to be better prepared by seeking higher education. This is a good time to enter a master’s level nursing program in Alaska and to become better prepared to provide nursing services in a healthcare system that is becoming increasingly complex.
You can find all of the Master’s in Nursing programs in Alaska listed on our site, and we encourage you to request information from all of those you are interested in.
The Alaska Senate has recently signed into law Senate Bill 166. This bill modernizes the statutes of the Board of Nursing. The Board has also approved nursing education programs, making it easier for Alaska nurses to continue with educational endeavors. Alaska is also a nurse compact state, which means you may use your Alaska nursing license in other compact states.
There are several accredited universities in Alaska with master’s level nursing programs, including online MSN programs that can provide flexibility in your schedule.
The criteria for admission is similar between colleges and typically includes:
- Completed application for nursing and fee
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
- Unencumbered RN Alaska RN license
- Minimum of one year of half-time clinical experience as a registered nurse
The curriculum for most nursing master’s courses begins with the CORE courses, which typically comprise about 18 credits. The remainder of the Master’s in Nursing courses are specific to your chosen specialty.
CORE course (18 Credits) include:
- Roles for Advanced Practice
- Health Policy for Advanced Practice
- Nursing Research Methods
- Knowledge Development for Advanced Nursing Practice
- Biostatistics for Health Professionals
Family Nurse Practitioner (32 credits plus clinical hours) courses include:
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advanced Health Assessment in Primary Care
- Family Nurse Practitioner III, III, IV
You may attend on a full-time or part-time basis, and it will take from six to eight semesters to graduate. While Nurse Practitioner degrees in Alaska are quite popular, there are several different Master’s routes to choose from including education, policy-making, leadership, midwifery and more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2013, Family Nurse Practitioners earned an income of $95,070. Your salary will depend upon your specialty and area of practice, but you can safely assume that working with an MSN in Alaska brings with it the opportunity for increased wages, autonomy and impact within your community.
Reach out to the Alaska nursing schools that offer MSN programs today to learn more about how you can continue to improve healthcare in the state by expanding your nursing education.