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Alaska Nurse Practitioner Certification

In Alaska, NPs are called Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs). Alaska requires that you earn an advanced degree in a specialty of your choosing. In addition, you must pass a certification exam that is consistent with the area of specialty studied in school and that is offered by a national agency recognized by the state of Alaska.

The University of Alaska in Anchorage offers advanced degree courses for students who wish to become NPs. Many RNs in Alaska do not live near Anchorage, so they opt to take an online master’s-level NP program. Accredited online schools that offer these programs include: Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Graceland University, Liberty University, South University, and University of Cincinnati. Clinical internships are required by both online programs and campus-based schools. Online faculty members arrange the clinic sites at which students can meet this requirement. At least 2–4 years of practice in the candidate’s area of specialty is required.

In addition, NP candidates must pass an exam delivered in the student’s specialty and recognized by the Alaska Board of Nursing. Alaska Areas of specialties include nurse–midwives, as certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB); adult NP, as certified by ANCC or AANP; Pediatric NP, as certified by the PNCB; Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, as certified by the NCC for Woman’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Anesthetist Nurse Practitioner, as certified by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA); Family Nurse Practitioner, as certified by the AANP; and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (all certified by the ANCC).

Nurse practitioners in Alaska diagnose and assess patients, establish and execute management plans for medical issues (including chronic or acute disease or illness), and advise patients on how to prevent illness and promote good health. In addition, they establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals to provide optimum health care.

The median salary for an NP in Alaska is $103,000 but varies depending on location and area of specialty. More information about becoming certified as an Alaskan NP can be found by visiting the Alaska Board of Nursing’s website at or by speak with Nancy Sanders, PhD, RN the Executive Administrator.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014