Nurse Aide

Licensing Authority

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing
Nurse Aide Registry
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK, 99501
phone: 907.269.8169
fax: 907.269.8196
email: danielle.curry@alaska.gov


Fees

Application by Endorsement $260 includes:

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • $100 certification (effective 2/20/2014)
  • $50 examination fee
  • $60 fingerprint processing fee (effective 2/20/2014)

Application by Examination: $260 includes:

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • $100 certification fee (effective 2/20/2014)
  • $50 examination fee
  • $60 fingerprint processing fee (effective 2/20/2014)

Requirements

Nurse aides who are employed in long-term care facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs must be certified.

Applicants must meet one of the following five criteria

  1. Graduated from a state approved nurse aide training program is within 2-years immediately before the date of application.
  2. Possess an unencumbered nursing license, either current or lapsed, issued by a state or territory of the United States or a province of Canada.
  3. Successfully completed one year or more of nursing education that included both clinical and classroom instruction on nursing theory within two years immediately before the date of application. (Effective 12/2012)
  4. Successfully completed, within five years immediately before date of application, a United States corpsman or medic training program and service in the United States military forces as a corpsman or medic within five years immediately before date of application. (Effective 12/2012)
  5. Successful completion of a nursing training program in a foreign country other than Canada; an applicant must submit all required documents accompanied by certified English translations if the original documents are not in English; and submit verification of passing one of the following English proficiency examinations with at least the following minimum scores
    • if the applicant applies under (1)(A), (B), (C), or (E) of this subsection, and if the school or program was outside of the United States including territories or Canada, except Quebec, Canada, where English is not the primary language of the country or a school or program in the United States and territories where English is not the primary language:
      • (A) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic examination – overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all modules;
      • (B) Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper-based test (TOEFL-PBT) – overall score of 560 with a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of 50;
      • (C) Test of English as a Foreign Language, computer-based test (TOEFL-CBT) – overall score of 220 with a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of 50;
      • (D) Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT) – overall score of 84 with a speaking score of 26. Applicants must also pass a written/oral examination with a clinical skills component. (effective 3/2014)

Application by endorsement requires successful completion of a state approved certified nurse aide training program with a minimum of 140 hours of training that includes a minimum of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical/skills training; and possess an unencumbered nurse aide certification or registration that is issued by a state or territory of the United States or a province of Canada, and that is current on the date of application. The applicant must also have completed a state approved competency evaluation.

Nurse aide certificates expire on March 31 of even-numbered years regardless of when a certificate was issued. New certificates issued within 90 days of the renewal expiration will be effective through the next biennial period. When a certificate is renewed for the first time and has been held for over one year, 12 contact hours of continuing education and 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment are required. If a certificate has been held for less than one year and this is a first time renewal, the certificate holder is not required to complete the 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment nor the continuing education requirement. Additionally, they will pay a prorated renewal fee. When a certificate is renewed for the first time and has been held for over one year (but less than two years),  the certificate holder must pay the full renewal fee, complete 12 contact hours of continuing education and show proof of 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment. If the certificate has been held for 2 years or more, the certificate holder must pay the full renewal fee, complete 24 contact hours of continuing education and show proof of 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment.


Number of Licenses on December 31, 2015

3,517

Last updated January 2016.