HOW TO BECOME A CNA IN ALASKA

In Alaska, you must meet certain requirements set by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

These are the requirements:

Age: You have to be 18 or older.

Education: You need either a high school diploma or a GED.

Training: To become a CNA, you must finish a state-approved training program that lasts at least 140 hours and includes both classroom work and hands-on experience.

Background Check: You must pass a state and federal background check, which includes taking your fingerprints and looking at your criminal history.

Competency Evaluation: After you finish the training program, you have to pass a competency evaluation that includes a written test and a test of your skills.

English Language Proficiency: You must have good speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.

Immunization: You must show proof that you have been immunized against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox.

Once you meet all of the above requirements, you can apply for certification with the Alaska Board of Nursing.
After you get your certification, you can work as a CNA in Alaska in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies, among other places.

CNA SALARY IN ALASKA

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean hourly wage for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in Alaska was $19.44 as of May 2020. The annual mean wage was $40,440.

It’s important to note that the actual salary for a CNA in Alaska may vary depending on factors such as level of experience, employer, location, and the specific job duties involved. CNAs who work in hospitals or nursing care facilities may earn a different salary than those who work in home health care or other settings. Additionally, CNAs who work full-time may earn a different salary than those who work part-time or on a per diem basis.

FREE CNA SCHOOLS IN ALASKA

There are a few options for free CNA training programs in Alaska:

  1. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Anchorage The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers a free CNA training program for Alaska Native and American Indian individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The program includes classroom instruction, hands-on training, and clinical experience.
  2. Providence Health & Services – Anchorage Providence Health & Services offers a free CNA training program in Anchorage. The program is designed to prepare students for the Alaska State Certification Exam and includes classroom instruction, skills labs, and clinical training.
  3. Covenant House Alaska – Anchorage Covenant House Alaska offers a free CNA training program for homeless youth ages 18-24. The program includes classroom instruction, skills labs, and clinical training.
  4. Job Corps – Palmer Job Corps is a free career training program for individuals ages 16-24. The program includes a CNA training course, along with other career training programs, and provides housing and meals for participants.

It’s important to note that these programs may have eligibility requirements or limited availability, so it’s important to research and apply early. Additionally, there may be other free CNA training programs in Alaska, so it’s worth doing some additional research to explore your options.

 

SchoolsCityPhone
Alaska CNA ProgramAnchorage907-267‐9113
King Tech High SchoolPalmer907-861‐8808
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage907-742‐4136
Prestige Care and Rehabilitation
of Anchorage –
Anchorage907-333‐8100
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage907-786‐4310
Alaska Job CorpsPalmer907-861‐8808
Mat‐Su CNA Training ProgramWasilla907-352‐0426
UAA ‐ Mat‐Su CollegeAnchorage907-786‐4310
Kachemak Bay Campus ‐ Kenai
Peninsula College ‐ Homer
Homer907-235‐7743
Kenai Peninsula College /
Kenai Peninsula School District
Soldotna907-262‐0379
Providence Seward Mountain
Haven
Seward