Nurse Aide Registry
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Becoming a CNA in Alaska
The path to becoming a CNA in the great state of Alaska is one that needs to start with a good education. Finding work in the major metropolitan areas of the state should not be difficult, as there is often a demand for workers who have these skills. A registered certified nursing aide can find work in a variety of different places too, from hospitals to nursing homes and more. The Alaska Board of Nursing governs the CNAs in the state.
Requirements to become a CNA in Alaska
You must be able to pass a background test, have at least two
One is able to find a number of different CNA classes in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as other cities throughout the state such as Wasilla. The training is generally going to consist of 140 to 160 hours of study. This study includes a minimum of 60 hours in the classroom as well as 80 hours of clinical experience. In order to enter one of these programs, you will need to have at least a GED or ABLE test. The programs are going to vary in cost depending on the location and the school, but they will generally cost between $1500 and $2000.
Once an individual completes the coursework, he or she is going to be able to sit for the licensing exam. The cost of the exam in Alaska is $339. Some courses include the cost of the exam in their fees, but others do not. You may want to check when you are joining a class. You will need to renew your license every two years on even numbered years and have 12 hours of continuing education in the first two year and 24 hours of continuing education in the years after. You will also need to have at least 160 hours of paid employment each time that you renew.
While you can take CNA courses in Wasilla, Alaska and in other cities, you can find employment throughout the state including Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, and Nome. Clothing for your employment is going to vary depending on the type of work that you do and where you work. Most of the time, scrubs are the best option. They are affordable, and easy to buy on the web.
Why Choose to Be a CNA?
Becoming a certified nursing aide is a noble profession and one that can bring you much satisfaction in life. You are going to be working in a field where you can help people, and you will find that the pay for entry level CNAs in Alaska is quite good when compared with many states. The average entry wage is $24k per year. Naturally, this can vary based on location and job.
Joining the State Registry
You can apply for the state registry right by downloading the application on their website, including below. The application fee is $50. You have to meet the training requirements, include fingerprint cards and pay the processing fee of $59 for the fingerprints. Include these with the completed application.
Alaska Board of Nursing: http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pnur.htm
Alaska Nurse Aide Registry: http://commerce.state.ak.us/OCC/pnua.htm