RN to BSN in Alaska

Alaska is one of the top five best paying states of the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; as of May 2013, the mean annual and hourly wages were $83,640 and $40.21, respectively. Although RNs can make between $61,720 and $110,770 annually, the average Alaskan nursing salary is 26% lower than national average salaries. Approximately 5,790 registered nurses are employed in the state, with the highest salaries earned in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Many registered nurses are beginning to look for a way to further increase their earning potential and improve their job prospects. By earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RNs can do this, as well as increase the number of successful patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. Below we have gathered all of the accredited RN to BSN programs in Alaska to help guide motivated Alaskans reach their highest professional ability.

  1. Capella University

    BS - Nursing: RN to BSN

    Learn on a schedule that fits your personal and professional life and take your career to the next level with Capella University’s flexible online RN-to-BSN degree program options.
  2. Kaplan University

    BS - Nursing: RN to BSN

    Earn your RN-to-BSN online with Kaplan University in as little as 18 months with flexible start dates to help you balance your career, studies and family responsibilities.
  3. Chamberlain College of Nursing

    BS - Nursing: RN to BSN

    Chamberlain’s online RN-to-BSN program allows registered nurses to earn a BSN degree in as few as 3 semesters with around the clock support from admissions to graduation and beyond.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Alaska

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of RN to BSN programs in Alaska. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential RN to BSN program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school. Learn more about the RN to BSN program in Alaska.

University of Alaska Anchorage

$ 141 per credit lower division
$ 159 per credit upper division

Application Deadlines

November 1st
March 1st

  • The program consists of 42 upper-division credit hours, totaling 126 credit hours for graduation.
  • It is possible to complete the program in four semesters; however, students have the option to attend the program part-time and take one course per semester.
  • Clinical courses are done in a cohort format of at least 8 students.
  • Potential applicants can explore the RN to BS Open House course in Blackboard.
N/A 3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Alaska that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Alaska that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Alaska has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Alaska is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Alaska RN’s with a BSN?

No specific plans announced.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

No specific plans announced.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes, the coalition gained the support of the Alaska BON to add title protection for CNS’s to the state regulations. The change is being reviewed before going to the Lt. Governor for approval.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?


Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC is planning to implement a diversity task force.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Ken Helander

Associate State Director
Advocacy, AARP Alaska

Julie McNulty

Research Consultant
Alaska Native Medical Center/Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Debbie Thompson

Director Infection Control & Employee Health
St Elias Hospital

Source: Campaign for Action.

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Alaska Action Coalition page.

Alaska Licensing

Alaska is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Alaska nursing license is only valid within Alaska. For licensing information, visit the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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