Alaska Master's Degree in Nursing

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Alaska MSN Programs

MSN programs in Alaska train students to work in the upper levels of the nursing world, filling management and research roles. Before looking into MSN programs in Alaska, an individual must complete four more years of education at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. This will ensure that he or she has all of the base knowledge needed to build on during master's level training. Some MSN programs last longer than others, but most can be completed in 2 years if a student attends the school full-time.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Individuals in Alaska have a few options for obtaining an MSN degree. One of the biggest decisions an individual pursuing this degree has to make is whether he or she wants to attend classes online or in a traditional classroom setting. Each type of program has advantages and disadvantages, so it is important anyone considering these classes to decide which would be the best choice for his or her situation.

Those who prefer personal attention, interaction with other students, and do not need a flexible schedule may want to attend a program in a traditional classroom setting. The University of Alaska Anchorage has a program that fits these criteria. This program, like many MSN programs, offers specialty tracks such as Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for family, and Nursing Education.

If an individual prefers the flexibility offered by an online MSN program, he or she may want to consider Georgetown University. This program allows students to specialize as Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, and Adult Gerontology ACNPs/Adult Gerontology CNSs.

Degree Requirements

The number of credits an individual must take in order to obtain an MSN degree depends on which school he or she attends and which specialty track he or she chooses. For example, at the University of Alaska Anchorage, earning an MSN degree requires a student to take anywhere from 45-50 credits, depending on the specialty chosen. At Georgetown University, an individual is required to take between 44-49 credits in order to complete the MSN program.

Admission Requirements

All MSN programs have different admission requirements, but there are often similarities between programs. Typical requirements include:

  • Having a BSN degree
  • Having graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Currently holding an RN license
  • Letters of recommendation
  • An essay or writing sample
  • An application
  • One year of work experience as an RN
  • An interview with faculty

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Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567
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Alaska MSN Degree Prerequisites

Alaska nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Alaska Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Alaska, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Alaska and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Alaska RN to MSN programs

Those holding Alaska RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Alaska MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Alaska, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Alaska Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Alaska grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Alaska, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Alaska.

Alaska MSN Degree Resources

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