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Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

This course is designed to train health care assistants in basic skills necessary to assist nurses in a variety of health care settings and to be efficient health care team members.

CNA training is a sought after skill development program in an Alaskan market where CNAs are in short supply and is also a stable avenue for getting a foot into the health care industry. The course includes classroom instruction, lab training, skill practice and the clinical application of knowledge and skills. The sections are scheduled to allow for high school student enrollment. 98% of all University of Alaska Southeast CNA program graduates have passed the state exam and students are reporting immediate employment in their communities. 

CNA Training is a 9-credit course designed to train entry level workers in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Students qualify to sit for the Alaska State Certification Exam for Nursing Assistants. Minimum of 75 lecture hours and 80 lab/clinical hours included. Offered on all UAS campuses.

Health Sciences
  • 796-6577  (Fax)
Hendrickson Bldg 
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK


UAS partners with Wildflower Court and Juneau Pioneers' Home in Juneau to provide Certified Nurse Aide training in the Fall (1 section), Spring (2 sections), and Summer (1 section). 

Each section can only accept 10 students, so interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Click here to download the Juneau Summer 2015 Certified Nurse Aide Training Application.

Please return completed application to:

Elizabeth Spence, Health Sciences Program Coordinator

Office: Hendrickson 205 (located on Auke Bay Campus)

(907) 796-6128 /


Suzanne Malter, Health Sciences C.N.A. Instructor

Office: Hendrickson 205 (located on Auke Bay Campus)

(907) 796-6131 /

Health Sciences
  • 796-6577  (Fax)
Hendrickson Bldg 
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK


Each semester, UAS Ketchikan offers a 10-week Certified Nurses Aide Training course. A packet is available approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the course. Students must submit all required forms for the University, State of Alaska and Ketchikan Medical Center, including a state background check, fingerprints, passport photo, physical exam and proof of immunization (including a recent blood test - titers - indicating full immunity). The cost of these additional tests and requirements are the student's responsibility and not included in the cost of the course. The course is designed to run for ten weeks, with classes scheduled twice a week for full days (8:00am - 5:00pm). The first six weeks are spent in classroom, learning the skills and vocabulary necessary to be a successful CNA. The following three weeks are spent in local health care agencies in 'clinicals' applying the classroom knowledge. A student must achieve a 'C' or better in the classroom setting to advance to the clinical portion of the class. Contact us at (907) 228-4537 for more information.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Click here for more information.

Mandatory orientation session required.

ORIENTATION INFORMATION: This orientation will cover class expectations, costs and paperwork requirements. Orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Noon and Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. or by appointment only after December 10 - contact Abby at (907) 228-4537 to schedule. Registration packets will be handed out at these sessions. When packets are completed they must be turned in by appointment. Click here for additional information on this course or contact us at (907) 228-4537.

CURRENT CLASS INFORMATION: The 2015 Spring Semester Course will begin on Monday, January 26, 2015 and will run through Friday, April 3, 2015. It will be held on Mondays & Fridays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Nursing Lab at the Robertson-Hamilton Technical Center, 600 Stedman Street, Room R111.  The course fee is $2124, with some additional fees required. There is no pre-registration or application for this course and payment is due at time of registration, which must be done in person at 2600 Seventh Avenue, Ziegler Building Registration Office.  At this time there is no plan for a Summer Semester CNA class to take place in 2015.

ESL STUDENTS: English as a Second Language (ESL) students with no U.S. High School Diploma must take the Reading Placement Test at the Learning Center located in the Ziegler Building at the Upper Campus, 2600 Seventh Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska. Click here for additional information or call (907) 228-4549 to make an appointment for testing.

Nursing / Allied Health

UAS Ketchikan is a distance site for the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing Outreach Program. Admitted students achieve their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing through UAA taking courses in Ketchikan and then take the national licensure exam to work as a registered nurse. More information can be found at the UAA School of Nursing Website.

Nursing Outreach Video (must have RealPlayer to watch)

This is a competitive program - early advising is highly recommended.
Call 228-4511 to request an advising appointment.

Ketchikan Campus
  • 225-3624  (Fax)
Ziegler Bldg 
2600 Seventh Avenue
Ketchikan, AK


The CNA course is offered fall and spring semesters. This is a blended, semester-long course  (meaning that the student will be completing some of the coursework online and will also attend weekly in person lab sessions and a clinical practicum). It is suggested that students have basic computer skills in order to be successful in this course.

During the first week of class students must submit:

  • Medical exam form that includes record of required immunizations or a blood titer demonstrates immunity (form is included in the information packet below).
  • A background check. If you have been convicted of any criminal offenses other than minor traffic violation, you must contact us before registering.
  • Proof of United States high school graduation / GED or score 55 or higher on a reading placement exam.

Students who do not complete these requirements will be dropped from the class.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Stromme at 907-747-7781 ( or Rebecca Austin at 907-747-9476 (

Sitka Student Success Center
  • 747-7793  (Fax)
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, AK

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