Becoming an LPN in Alaska

PLEASE NOTE: Alaska has no official or accredited LPN programs offerings available to students at this time.

Alaskans looking for a reliable career pathway are increasingly turning to licensed practical nursing. With the state pushing for better patient outcomes and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting a nearly 12% nationwide increase in LPN employment through 2026, it’s easy to see why nursing has become a hot career choice. Alaska LPNs can expect to earn an hourly wage of roughly $25.85, which equates to an annual salary of $53,760.

Details on Alaska LPN Schools & Classes

While Alaska does not currently offer any LPN programs, there are many out-of-state opportunities across the United States. Those enrolled in an LPN program can expect to complete 1-2 years of coursework, which will consist of specialized nursing, science, and elective courses, such as:

  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal and Child Nursing
  • Mental Health/Geriatric Nursing
  • Anatomy & Physiology

Upon graduating from the program, students must take and pass the NCLEX-PN in order to become licensed.

Accreditation

Students searching for an LPN program outside of Alaska should ensure that the one they’ve chosen is properly accredited. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is the gold standard of accrediting organizations to watch for, but regional accreditations are also available, and you can also check to see if your school’s program is recommended by the state’s board of nursing.

Admission Requirements

While admission requirements may vary from state to state and school to school, most LPN programs require the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0-3.0
  • Completion of any prerequisite courses
  • TEAS exam scores may be required

Tuition and Costs

The cost of an LPN program is determined by many things, including location and type of school. Students can expect to pay for tuition, mandatory school/program fees, course materials such as textbooks, and more. For prospective students who may have financial difficulty paying for LPN school, student loans and financial aid are regularly available, and most schools will be happy to discuss these options with you.

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.

Applications for Licensure:
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing/ApplicantInformation/RNLPNApplications.aspx

Alaska LPN licenses expire September 30th every even-numbered year.

NCLEX Exam Information

The NCLEX-PN is the official licensure exam that students must pass after completing their LPN program. This examination contains roughly 100 questions in a variety of nursing-related categories. Read more about the NCLEX-PN exam here, and don’t forget to take our practice exam to prep before taking the real test.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

Alaska is not moving forward with the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), so the rules imposed by the eNLC regarding multistate licensure are not applicable to those in this state.

Nurses from other states, looking to take advantage of increasing LPN jobs in the region, 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.

LPN Salary in Alaska 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.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Anchorage280$25.94$53,950
Fairbanks130$26.22$54,530

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Alaska LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Additional AK Nursing Resources