CNA Training in Alaska

Alaska requires more hours of training to become a CNA than the federally mandated minimum of 75 hours. It mandates a minimum of 140 hours of which 60 hours are classroom training and 80 hours are clinical training although some programs will be even higher than this.

In addition to CNA classes in Alaska, to be allowed to work as a CNA in Alaska, applicants must also pass a state exam, submit fingerprints and pass a state and federal background check. CNA training in Alaska must be completed in a state-approved training program. Costs for these programs vary from $1,500 to $2,100 and can be completed in as little as 10 weeks or a semester.

Below are some suggestions for training:

  • University of Alaska

    • Fairbanks, Alaska (UAF) – Tanana Valley Campus

    • Southeast (UAS) – 10 week program (75 lecture hours, 80 clinical hours)

      • Juneau Program

      • Sitka Program

      • Ketchikan Program

  • Alaska’s Institute of Technology (AVTEC) – 230 total hours including 38 training days

    • Seward, Alaska Campus

    • Anchorage, Alaska Campus

  • Kodiak College – 60 hours classroom instruction, 80 hours clinical experience offered each spring semester

Additionally, many hospitals have CNA courses, such as:

  • South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska

  • Wrangell General Hospital in Wrangell, Alaska

  • Providence Kodiak Island Hospital in Kodiak, Alaska

  • Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska

Statistically, CNAs make a very nice living in Alaska with hourly earnings averaging $15.50 and as much as $20 or more with experience. With an average of $32,000 per year up to over $40,000 per year, one of the highest states in the nation, Alaska is worth looking into if you are considering relocating. If you already have certification in your state, you can contact them about reciprocity rules.