Becoming an LPN in Alaska
PLEASE NOTE: Alaska has no official or accredited LPN programs offerings available to students at this time.
The state of Alaska strives to serve and support the nursing community through professional development and the promotion of excellence. With exciting challenges and unlimited opportunities on the horizon, they are dedicated to patient healthcare needs. With a predicted increase in LPN jobs of 14% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, the state of Alaska will likely see an influx of nurse licensing to meet the growing demand. Individuals interested in becoming licensed in the state will need to meet requirements, including attending a state-approved program and passing the NCLEX exam. Out-of-state nurses are welcome to take advantage of the job increase by applying for state licensure by endorsement.
Alaska LPN Licensing Requirements
Alaska requires its nurse-hopefuls to attend a Board-certified nursing program as well as take the NCLEX examination. In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit a notarized application to the state, including:
- Official transcript and Verification from state-approved nursing program sent directly from the school Registrar.
- Headshot (passport-style) photograph taken within the last 6 months.
- Fingerprint cards.
- Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
A position as an LPN can be physically demanding, requiring the nurse to not only lift heavy people and machinery, but also testing endurance, requiring hours of standing, squatting, and walking.
Other state nurses, looking to take advantage of increasing LPN jobs across the state can apply for their license in the state of Alaska by endorsement. The applicant must submit the appropriate form and include:
- Verification of licensure sent directly from current state.
- Verification that applicant has worked 320 hours within the last 2 years.
- Fingerprint cards.
- Proof of having passed the NCLEX.
- Foreign applicant: English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS).
- Foreign applicant: Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review.
Alaska LPN licenses expire September 30th every even-numbered year.
Additional AK Nursing Resources
Alaska Board of Nursing
550 West Seventh Avenue Suite 1500
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567
Phone: (907) 269-8161
Fax: (907) 269-8196
1. Alaska Nurses Association (http://www.aknurse.org/)
2. Alaska Professional Nurses Organization (http://www.akpno.org/Page_Home.html)
3. Alaska Nursing Action Coalition (http://akcenterofnursing.org/)
LPN Salary: Alaska vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Alaska LPN Employment Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Alaska was $55,000—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Alaska (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=02&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 14% increase in LPN jobs in Alaska by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 20 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Alaska Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information organized by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Alaska. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Anchorage 280 $25.94 $53,950 Fairbanks 130 $26.22 $54,530