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9th Annual Alaska RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Alaska and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated ADN degree programs and 1 BSN degree programs in Alaska. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Alaska to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

RN Programs in Alaska

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    #1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    University of Alaska Anchorage

    University of Alaska Anchorage

    86.63% 3-Year
    Pass Rate
    • 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK - 99508
    • (907) 786-1800
    Nurse Admin: Carla Hagen, PhD, MPH, RN, Director
    Title: School of Nursing (Chief Nurse Administrator for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs)
    • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.63%
    • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
    • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

    University Information

    • Total Faculty: 547
    • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,622
    • Book and Supplies: $1,320
    • Percent Received Aid: 83%
    • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,504
    • Percent Admitted: 77%
    • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 45%
    • Graduation Rate: 30%

    About RN Programs in Alaska

    • There are 3 nursing schools in Alaska. The CCNE accredits 1 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 1 schools in Alaska.
    • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
    • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
    • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Alaska can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

    Today, there are very few disadvantages to earning an online RN degree in Alaska. With advances in online learning coupled the need to educate more nurses because of the nursing shortage, many nursing schools are offering online nursing programs.

    For nurses needing to complete clinicals, nursing programs usually help a nurse to find one.

    Be sure to choose an accredited program that meets quality standards set by either the ACEN or CCNE accrediting agencies. An accredited online RN Nursing program will help ensure that your units pass can transfer to another accredited college and help you in gain employment. Learn more about online RN programs.

    Alaska RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

    Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
    Number of Nursing Programs 1 1
    Average NCLEX Passing Rate 90.93% 86.63%
    NCLEX Passing Rate Range 90.93% to 90.93% 86.63% to 86.63%

    #1 Associate Degree in Nursing

    Montana Tech of the University of Montana

    Sherry Lesar School of Nursing

    97.23% 3-Year
    Pass Rate
    • 1300 W Park St, Butte, MT - 59701-8997
    • (406) 496-4256
    Nurse Admin: Janet Coe, MSN, RN, CHSE
    Title: Director of Nursing
    • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.23%
    • Programs: Registered Nursing
    • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

    University Information

    • Total Faculty: 163
    • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,400
    • Book and Supplies: $1,320
    • Percent Received Aid: 93%
    • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,705
    • Percent Admitted: 97%
    • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 31%
    • Graduation Rate: 57%

    Montana Tech began offering a degree in professional nursing in 2000 and has broadened its programs since that time.  Montana Technological University is a public university in Butte. It was founded as the Montana State School of Mines, but the university became affiliated with the University of Montana in 1994. Students will learn in an extraordinary picturesque environment. While accessing the state-of-the-art simulation labs and multiple clinical sites, they can visit the great outdoors for a bit of hiking, skiing, biking, and fishing. Historic Butte is the location of art galleries, music venues, theaters and festivals. To its credit, Montana Tech is one of only two publicly-funded nursing programs in the state to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In addition, the BSN is the first four-year program approved by Montana in the last 78 years. All programs have the same mission to prepare generalist nurses who can assume a variety of roles in the healthcare system. The core concepts are caring, professionalism, clinical thinking, communication, and critical judgment.

    Undergraduate programs – The degrees offered at Montana Tech include the Associate of Science degree (ASN) in nursing, the BS Nursing Pre-Licensure Program and the Post-licensure Bachelor of Science (RN to BSN), all accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and CCNE. The school is proud of its award-winning status as among the top ten BSN and RN to BSN nursing schools in the state. Everyone appreciates the 5,000 square foot simulation lab with hospital, home, and office settings. A nurses station and medication room round out the superior facilities. It is all about hands-on learning and clinical hours. Almost 1,000 are required to complete the programs. Students can gain experience in area hospital and other clinical settings in southwest Montana. The approach is holistic within the vision to offer a nursing education design for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, as well as the prevention of illness. The highest standard of nursing knowledge and skill follows from a combination of class room requirements and clinical experience in both simulated and actual care environment.

    #2 Associate Degree in Nursing

    Flathead Valley Community College

    96.30% 3-Year
    Pass Rate
    • 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, MT - 59901
    • (406) 756-3822
    • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.30%
    • Programs: Registered Nursing
    • Award Levels: Associate

    University Information

    • Total Faculty: 67
    • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,293
    • Book and Supplies: $12,643
    • Percent Received Aid: 78%
    • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,149
    • Percent Admitted: N/A
    • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
    • Graduation Rate: 30%

    Flathead Valley Community College is located in Kalispell, Montana.  FVCC offers both LPN and RN programs.  Their nursing program is developed so that LPNs may gain entrance into their RN program; in fact, their RN program requires an LPN degree for entrance.  FVCC also has partnerships with local universities so that graduates may earn their bachelor's degree in nursing after graduation.

    Alaska RN Program Comparisons

    Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
    Number of Nursing Programs 1 1
    Average NCLEX Passing Rate 90.93% 86.63%
    NCLEX Passing Rate Range 90.93% to 90.93% 86.63% to 86.63%

    Nursing Programs Offered by Alaska Nursing Schools

    • Registered Nursing: 2
    • Family Nurse Practitioner: 1
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 1

    Nurse Practitioner Programs in Alaska

    Research the best Alaska NP programs, and find comprehensive guides to the following NP careers:

    As an Nurse Practitioner in Alaska you provide comprehensive patient care, often focusing on prevention, to 6 population foci. When you complete an NP program, you will focus on one of these 6 populations, and this will be the population of people you will care for. Learn more about these these programs in our guides to Nurse Practitioner programs:

    Learn how to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and research schools in Alabama offering the following high paying nurse practitioner specialties:

    If you want to pursue additional schooling, learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree where you will be working at an advance level of nursing.

    MSN Programs in Alaska

    RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses in Alaska will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

    Learn about RN to MSN Programs.

    RN Licensing Requirements in Alaska

    Comprehensive guide to Alaska Nursing License Requirements Renewals RN and APRN.

    In Alaska, nurses can gain an RN licensure by two different methods. Nurses can either apply for licensure by examination or by endorsement. Licensed registered nurses coming from a different state can apply for licensure through endorsement. By taking this route, the applicants must have completed an approved nursing program and provide proof of licensure from the state they are from and complete the correct amount of continuing education hours. There is currently only one accredited university in Alaska that offers an RN program which is the University of Alaska, Anchorage School of Nursing.

    Alaska Board of Nursing

    550 West Seventh Avenue Suite 1500
    Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567
    Phone: (907) 269-8161
    Fax: (907) 269-8196

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