Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs Offered in Alaska

The state of Alaska refers to their nurse practitioners as Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP). To become a nurse practitioner in Alaska you will need to attend a school offering specialized education in a nurse practitioner area of practice and pass a national certification exam administered through a certifying body in the respective specialty.

Certification for Advanced Nurse Practitioners include the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA)
National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC) for Woman’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners & Nurses (NCBPNP/N) for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) for Nurse Midwives, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, the American Academy of Nursing Practitioners (AANP) for Family Nursing Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

Online master’s level nurse practitioner programs have become one of the more popular ways for baccalaureate educated nurses to gain the specialized education they need to become a nurse practitioner. Clinical requirements are a component of all NP programs and many of the online schools offering NP programs will provide assistance when setting up a clinical site to complete these requirements. Below you will find online NP programs available to Alaska residents as well as contact information to further research the programs.

To learn more about the online Nurse Practitioner program requirements contact the Board of Nursing through their website: Also, it is recommended to speak with Nancy Sanders, PhD, RN the Executive Administrator regarding Nurse Practitioner requirements in Alaska and if an online NP program is even a viable option.

According to the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association (ANPA) 2007 Salary and Benefit Survey, the average annual salary for all nurse practitioners in the state of Alaska was $85,511 and the average hourly rate was $45.

Accredited Online Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered in Alaska

Maryville University

Maryville University – St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – AGNP)

Frontier Nursing University – Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN – MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN – (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University – School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student’s community.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN – (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

Regis University – Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems – Management or Education), Online DNP – (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

University of Alaska Anchorage – School of Nursing

UAA School of Nursing programs are NLNAC accredited and their nursing programs are approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing. UAA offers an MSN program with specialization tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Administration or Nursing Education.

Programs Offered: MS – (Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Administration or Nursing Education)

Contact Information:
University of Alaska Anchorage – School of Nursing
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8030
PH: 907-786-4550

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