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Alaska Continuing Education Requirements

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In 2018, the State of Alaska’s Department of Health & Social Services set out to take control over the state’s most wide-spread epidemic – the opioid crisis – by issuing a five-year action plan that affected most day-to-day operations in hospitals throughout the state.

Although this is a nation-wide epidemic, from 2010 to 2017, Alaska alone saw over 600 deaths attributed to opioid overdose, and felt the need to combat this crisis in one way or another. Hospitals began changing the way they treat patients with opioid addiction, as they found that a trip to the emergency room could be a crucial window of time to help people on their way to recovery. One of the overarching goals identified by the state’s campaign included, “Preventing opioid overdose deaths through widespread availability and the appropriate use of naloxone and improved health provider and drug prescriber education.”

Medical professionals, including nurses, have made a great, overall impact on the state’s chance to combat the opioid crisis by providing patients with medicine that eases the transition to seeking the additional care, as well as making sure the patient is connected to a network of providers who can ensure this continuation of a medication-assisted treatment.

Alaska Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Alaska Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
your employer will need to submit your employment verification form. Form available at www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/nua4188a.pdf
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Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8169 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.
A home health agency shall provide a home health aide with 12 hours of inservice training each calendar year based on the training needs identified through supervisory visits and the needs of patients being served by the home health agency.
Special Requirements
Must have a CNA license.
Nurse Aide Registry
Phone: 907-269-8169 Website: Visit Site Address: 550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Registered Nurse (RN)

Alaska Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

This is ONE of 3 methods that can be used towards continuing competency.  You must compete 2 out of the 3 methods to renew your license.
 

  1. 320 hours of employment
  2. 30 hours continuing education or a current nursing certification in a specialty area
  3. 30 hours of professional nursing activities

30 hours for the renewal period between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2018.  NOTE:  60 hours will be required for the next renewal cycle between December 1, 2018 and November 20, 2020.

Note:  Providing nursing care to the nurse’s immediate family members does not qualify to meet professional activities requirements.  In this subsection, immediate family member means a parent, sibling, spouse, child, parent-in-law, sibling in law, step-child, or same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partner. 

Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8169 Fax: 907-269-8196 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  1. holds national certification for each of the roles and population focus areas in which the applicant is seeking renewal;
If the applicant holds prescriptive authority under 12 AAC 44.440, has completed the continuing education required under 12 AAC 44.440(f);
  1. 12 contact hours of continuing education in advanced pharmacotherapeutics.
  2. 12 contact hours of continuing education in clinical management of patients.
Special Requirements
Prescriptive authority: complete no less than two hours of continuing education in pain management and opioid use and addiction 
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Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8169 Fax: 907-269-8196 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Alaska Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

This is ONE of 3 methods that can be used towards continuing competency.  You must compete 2 out of the 3 methods to renew your license.

  1. 320 hours of employment
  2. 30 hours continuing education or a current nursing certification in a specialty area
  3. Professional activities

LPN:  30 hours for the renewal period between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.  NOTE:  60 hours will be required for the next renewal cycle between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020.

Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8169 Fax: 907-269-8196 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Physical Therapist (PT)

Alaska Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A Physical Therapist that has been licensed for 12 months or more of the concluding licensing period shall have completed 24 contact hours of continuing education.

A PT who has been licensed for less than 12 months of the concluding licensing period shall have:
  1. completed during the period 12 contact hours of continuing education; or
  2. passed the national physical therapy examination within 12m months immediately before the date the applicant's license is due to lapse. 
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State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Phone: 907-465-2580 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor P.O. Box 110806
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau  99811-0806

Alaska Occupational Therapist (OT)

Alaska Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
An Occupational Therapist who has been licensed for 12 months or more of the concluding licensing period shall have completed 24 contact hours of continuing education. 

An OT who has been licensed for less than 12 months shall have:
  1. completed during that period 12 contact hours of continuing education; or
  2. passed the national occupational therapy examination within 12 months immediately before the date that the applicant's license is due to lapse.
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State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Phone: 907-465-2580 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor P.O. Box 110806
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau  99811-0806

Alaska Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Alaska Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A Physical Therapist that has been licensed for 12 months or more of the concluding licensing period shall have completed 24 contact hours of continuing education.

A PT who has been licensed for less than 12 months of the concluding licensing period shall have:
completed during the period 12 contact hours of continuing education; or
passed the national physical therapy examination within 12m months immediately before the date the applicant's license is due to lapse. 
 
Special Requirements

CEUFast is accredited to provide Physical Therapist continuing education for specific courses by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) ProCert.

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State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Phone: 907-465-2580 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor P.O. Box 110806
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau  99811-0806

Alaska Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Alaska Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
An Occupational Therapy Assistant who has been licensed for 12 months or more of the concluding licensing period shall have completed 24 contact hours of continuing education. 

An OTA who has been licensed for less than 12 months shall have:
completed during that period 12 contact hours of continuing education; or
passed the national occupational therapy examination within 12 months immediately before the date that the applicant's license is due to lapse.
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State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Phone: 907-465-2580 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor P.O. Box 110806
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau  99811-0806

Alaska Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Alaska Requires
50 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
50 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Athletic Trainers must renew their license on 8/31 off odd-numbered years. 50 CEUs must be earned biennially.  10 CEUs of the 50 CEUs must be earned from the EBP category.

(CEUs are based on contact hours.  Contact hours are defined as the number of actual clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured education format as a learner.  One CEU is equivalent to 1 contact hour.)
 
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Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, Athletic Trainers Program
Phone: 907-465-2550 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 110806
Juneau  99811

Alaska Respiratory Therapist (RT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
CEs not required.
Alaska  does not require RTs to be licensed. However, it is necessary to successfully complete a respiratory therapy program at an accredited college/university.