Are you compassionate and someone who lives to help others? Looking for a profession that you can literally take with you anywhere in the world? Recent nursing school grads enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries and trends indicate that more than 20 percent more nurses will be needed by 2018. At this time, Alaska's workforce is too small to meet the need and like many states in the country, Alaska is experiencing a nursing shortage.
KPC campuses offer the UAA AAS nursing degree. Qualified students compete for a limited number of seats at both campuses. The competition for these limited seats is vigorous and there is a well-defined ranking system that the School of Nursing uses. Those students with the highest rank will be offered the available seats. It takes most students one or two full years to acquire the “credentials” for a complete application with a real chance of being accepted.
The Kenai River Campus-based program will start a new class of eight students each September. The complete application for admission to the Kenai River Campus AAS-RN program must be received by the School of Nursing in Anchorage by May 1. The same program is offered at the Kachemak Bay Campus but starts a class every other year. Cohorts of eight students begin in January, every two years. Students interested in applying for the KBC program have to apply by July 1, the year prior to the January when the next program begins.
Graduates of the program are prepared to provide direct nursing care to individuals in inpatient settings and structured outpatient settings. The program provides students with a closely related mix of theory and clinical practice. Students gain clinical experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. The program requires a minimum of two years of full-time study.