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Students are allowed to complete clinical course work towards their nurse practitioner certificate in Alaska. The student must apply for a preceptorship permit under regulation 12 AAC 44.460. The permit requires documentation of a preceptorship arrangement signed by the student and the preceptor and/or organization providing the clinical site. Transcripts must be submitted indicating completion of basic courses in preparation for clinical practice.
12 AAC 44.460. PRECEPTORSHIPS. (a) The board will register an applicant who meets the requirements of this section to engage in clinical practice in order to complete a course of study
based outside of this state that meets the requirements of 12 AAC 44.400(a)(1)(A); or
to fulfill the requirements for reinstatement of a lapsed advanced nurse practitioner authorization under 12 AAC 44.475.
To be licensed in Alaska as a nurse practitioner, the student needs to graduate from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program at least one year in length, a minimum of 500 clinical hours, and specific graduate credits and classes listed below:
12 AAC 44.400. REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL AUTHORIZATION
(a) Except as provided in (e) and (f) of this section, an applicant for initial authorization to practice as an advanced nurse practitioner as defined in AS 08.68.850(1)
(1) must have satisfactorily completed
(A) a formal accredited graduate educational course of study in nursing that
(i) is a minimum of one academic year in length;
(ii) prepares registered nurses to perform an expanded role in the delivery of health care;
(iii) includes a combination of classroom instruction and a minimum of 500 separate, non-duplicated hours of supervised clinical practice;
(iv) if completed on or after January 1, 1998, has distinct course offerings of three graduate credits or more in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment;
(g) In this section,
(1) “accredited” means approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or another national nursing accrediting organization at the time the applicant attended the program.
*Information is subject to change. Questions about requirements should be addressed to the relevant state board of nursing for guidance.