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Pre-Nursing Qualifications

The Certificate in Pre-Nursing Qualifications (CPNQ) prepares students to apply to professional nursing programs. The certificate includes General Education Requirements (GER) in communication, computation, and human relations. The listed courses provide pre and co- requisite preparation for successful application to most nursing programs. This certificate exceeds the minimum requirements for the UAA/UAS AAS Registered Nurse (RN) program. Further, it includes most of the pre-requisite course requirements for the UAA BS in Nursing program. Completion of this certificate is not a guarantee of admission into any particular nursing program.

Certificate Requirements

The CPNQ Certificate requires a minimum of 52 credits, with 19 of these credits in the GERs. At least 9 credits must be taken at UAS. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all courses.

Certificates are programs of study designed to prepare students to secure entry-level employment in their chosen field.

Typically a certificate is 30 credits (one year).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours52
General Requirements19
Program Requirements36-38

General Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication & Team-Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computational Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

MATHS105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)4

Social Sciences

PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ANTHS101Introduction to Anthropology3
ANTHS202Cultural Anthropology3
ECONS100Introduction to Economics3
SOCS101Introduction to Sociology3

Program Requirements

BIOLS111Human Anatomy & Physiology I*4
BIOLS112Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOLS240Introductory Microbiology4
CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHEMS104Survey of Organic and Biochemistry4
HSS135Medical Terminology3
HSS203Science of Nutrition3
PSYS250Lifespan Development3
*Students without a science or healthcare background should take HS S135 before taking BIOL S111.

Select one from the following:

HSS105Certified Nurses Aide Training9
HSS119Emergency Medical Technician I6

A.A.S. Nursing through UAA

UAS supports students in their pursuit of the UAA A.A.S. Nursing program offered in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka through a cooperative arrangement between UAS & UAA. See the UAA catalog for degree requirements and a local UAS advisor for additional support.

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

More detailed information regarding the University of Alaska Anchorage Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nurse training sites in Southeast Alaska - Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan - can be found on the on the Southeast FAQ sheet.

The HESI Admission Assessment Exam required for application can be schedule at a local UAS Learning Center.  


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