CNA Classes in Alaska

Alaska’s health care industry has been a standout with respect to job growth. The outlook for 2013 is a 4.5 percent increase in hiring demand for this sector, and that trend is only expected to continue over the next 6 years. This is due to several factors, the biggest one being an ever aging population. In fact, Alaska Journal predicts that the number of Alaskans over the age of 65 is expected to increase an astonishing 127 percent by 2034. This makes now a better time than ever to consider enrolling in CNA classes in Alaska state.

CNA salaries in Alaska rank among the highest in the nation, with an average pay of $30,000 to $36,000 annually. The cost of living however can also be high with respect to the nation’s average.

CNA Training in Alaska

Before becoming a CNA, you have to be certified by the Alaska Board of Nursing. One of the requirements is proper CNA training overseen by any of the board-approved programs found across the state.

According to regulations, a valid CNA program should provide at least 140 hours of theory and practical (clinical) experience. Generally, schools divide the program into 80 hours of practical training and 60 hours of lectures. The lectures are typically in a classroom format and involve videos, notes, and laboratory experiments. The 80-hour practical component is carried out in a health care setting such as a hospital, clinic, or hospice. Students may go through a clinical rotation or move between facilities for exposure to a variety of CNA work environments.
NOTE: Some centers such as AVTEC (Alaska Vocational Technical Center) provide programs that include more than 200 classroom hours, making them quite extensive but also more recognized.

There are also some CNA schools or programs that provide credit hours, such as that of Kenai Peninsula College. It is primarily intended for Allied Health students who may be lacking the hours needed before sitting for their exam. The school’s program is equal to 6 credit hours. Another institution that offers credit hours is Kodiak College.

To be accepted by these institutions, you need to be at least eighteen years old and hold either a GED certification or high school diploma. Other requirements may include health tests and criminal background checks.

Free CNA Classes in Alaska

There are many CNA programs in Alaska that are inexpensive. However, if you’re still testing the waters or lacking the financial resources, you can enroll in one of Alaska’s free CNA classes.

  • Alaska’s Job Corps or any health care provider that has been approved by Medicare or Medicaid.
  • The Kodiak Island Medical Center also offers free classes, provided participants are willing to stay in the facility and render CNA services for a minimum 2 years.
  • Nursing homes such as Wildflower Court, Sitka Community Hospital and Denali Center may provide CNA classes through their affiliates from time to time.