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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: Friday, January 26, 2024
If you have held your certification for two years or more, you must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education and 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment as a Certified Nurse Aide. 
If you have held your certification for over a year but less than two years, you are required to have completed 12 contact hours of continuing education and 160 hours of monetarily compensated employment as a Certified Nurse Aide. 
If you have held your certification for less than a year, you are not required to complete the 160 hours or` more of monetarily compensated employment as a Certified Nurse Aide nor the contact hours of continuing education.

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Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
CEs not required.
No CE required
Special Requirements
Must have a CNA certification.
Nurse Aide Registry
Phone: 907-269-8160 Website: Visit Site Address: 550 W. 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
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Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
Before a license can be renewed, registered and practical nurse licensees must complete two of the following methods for maintaining continuing competency (Article 6 of 12 AAC).

30 contact hours of continuing education prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610 (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing).
30 hours of participation in uncompensated professional activities prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620
320 hours of employment as an RN or LPN prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630.
    
The board will not accept continuing education contact hours or in-service hours for the completion of courses in    cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).

In lieu of meeting the above requirements, licensees may qualify for alternative methods of continuing competency pursuant 12 AAC 44.640 (such as completing a Board approved refresher course, taking the NCLEX, or attaining a degree or certificate in nursing, or made progress toward one, beyond the education requirements for the nurse’s original license by successfully completing at least six academic credits in courses required for the degree or certificate).
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Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Alaska Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Alaska requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
Before a license can be renewed, registered and practical nurse licensees must complete two of the following methods for maintaining continuing competency (Article 6 of 12 AAC).

30 contact hours of continuing education prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610 (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing).

30 hours of participation in uncompensated professional activities prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620.

320 hours of employment as an RN or LPN prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630.

No more than 10 contact hours may be earned through in-service nursing education offered by a licensed health care facility.
Special Requirements
If the applicant holds prescriptive authority under 12 AAC 44.440, specific continuing education required under 12 AAC 44.440(f) includes;
  1. 12 contact hours of continuing education in advanced pharmacotherapeutics.
  2. 12 contact hours of continuing education in clinical management of patients.
These 24 hours of continuing education may be counted as part of the continuing education hours described in
12 AAC 44.610 (a) (c ).

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: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 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
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
Before a license can be renewed, registered and practical nurse licensees must complete two of the following methods for maintaining continuing competency (Article 6 of 12 AAC).

30 contact hours of continuing education prescribed under 12 AAC 44.610 (certified by ANCC, ANA, AMA, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist certifying body or approved by another Board of Nursing).
30 hours of participation in uncompensated professional activities prescribed under 12 AAC 44.620
320 hours of employment as an RN or LPN prescribed under 12 AAC 44.630.
    
The board will not accept continuing education contact hours or in-service hours for the completion of courses in    cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).

In lieu of meeting the above requirements, licensees may qualify for alternative methods of continuing competency pursuant 12 AAC 44.640 (such as completing a Board approved refresher course, taking the NCLEX, or attaining a degree or certificate in nursing, or made progress toward one, beyond the education requirements for the nurse’s original license by successfully completing at least six academic credits in courses required for the degree or certificate).
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Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 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: Thursday, March 28, 2024
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.  One "contact hour" equals a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction.

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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Special Requirements
The following types of courses will not be accepted for contact hours: Routine courses required for employment: CPR, first aid, training related to OSHA requirements will not be accepted for license renewals; courses related to the treatment of animals, such as canine and equine rehabilitation; courses related to documentation, coding or billing.
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Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Phone: 907-465-2550 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 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: Thursday, March 28, 2024
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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Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Phone: 907-465-2550 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau  99811-0806

Alaska Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2024
CEs not required.
A Physical Therapist Assistant 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
Routine courses required for employment: CPR, first aid, training related to OSHA requirements will not be accepted for license renewals.
Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Phone: 907-465-2580 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 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: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
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:
  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.
Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Phone: 907-465-2550 Fax: 907-465-2974 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
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: Thursday, March 28, 2024
CEs not required.
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.)
 
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  99811-0806

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.

Alaska Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
CEs not required.
  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 
Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Certified Nurse Midwife

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024
CEs not required.

20 contact hours of continuing education approved by the board during the concluding license period. The 20 contact hours must include the following:

  • At least four hours of the required continuing education contact hours must be in pharmacology; no more than two hours of the continuing education hours required under this paragraph may be in alternative medications, including herbology and homeopathy
  • At least two hours of the required continuing education contact hours must be for the completion of the self-study program described in 12 AAC 14.430(e)

No more than 10 of the required continuing education contact hours may be completed in a self-study program.

Alaska Board of Nursing
Phone: 907-269-8160 Fax: 907-269-8156 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 550 W. 7th Avenue
Suite 1500
Anchorage  99501-3567

Alaska Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
CEs not required.
Alaska has no medical assistant license or certification requirements to work as a medical assistant.