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Alaska Board of Nursing

The mission of the Alaska Board of Nursing is to actively promote and protect the health of the citizens of Alaska through the safe and effective practice of nursing as defined by law.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out the laws governing the practice of Nursing and the work of Nurse Aides in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action against people who violate the licensing laws.

The Board meets four times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting.

We encourage you to review and use the various options presented on this website.

Due to multiple staff vacancies during a time of increased workload, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses.

If you have applied for licensure, please check the MY LICENSE online portal for real-time updates on the progress of your application. At current staffing levels, you can expect an update regarding the status of the initial application within 8-10 weeks. If you are then asked to provide additional documentation, it may take an additional 8-10 weeks to review.

For urgent situations that would result in a facility shutdown if licensing is delayed, employers can submit an Expedited Review Form (PDF). Employers should check with the applicants they intend to hire to ensure all required documentation has been submitted correctly and timely.

Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right-hand side of the page. Our goal is to respond to your inquiry within seven business days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Hard Copy License Certificates Discontinued

The division has expanded our online services to allow licensees to download their own license certificates on demand. As a result, the division no longer mails hardcopy license certificates. The certificates will be located under the “initial application” and “renewal” events in the MY LICENSE account.

If you need guidance on how to set up or access your MY LICENSE account, you can access the MY LICENSE instructions here.

RN Renewals

RN license renewals ended on 11/30/2022. If you did not renew, you are now required to reinstate your RN license (#08-4067). If you submit your reinstatement application on or before 1/30/2023 there is no late renewal penalty fee. Reinstatement applications submitted on or after 1/31/2023 are subject to an additional $100.00 late renewal penalty fee. If your license lapsed on 11/30/2022 the fingerprint card and fingerprinting fee are not required until 12/1/2023.

APRN Renewals

APRN license renewals ended on 11/30/2022. If you did not renew, you are now required to reinstated your APRN license using the paper APRN application (#08-4028). If you submit your application on or before 1/30/2023 there is no late fee penalty. Applications submitted on or after 1/31/2023 are subject to an additional $100.00 late fee. If your license expired 11/30/2022 then the reference form is NOT required until 12/1/2023.

Note the following requirements:

  • If you hold controlled substance authority and a current DEA registration - Two hours of education in pain management and opioid use and addiction within the past 2 years from the date of your application.
  • Current national certification sent directly from certifying body to our division.
  • Employment verification on a form provided by the department from a past employer confirming you have been employed as an APRN for at least 320 hours within the last two years prior to application. This will need to be sent directly from your employer to our division (from employer’s official work email, faxed with a coversheet or mailed from employer’s work address).
    *If you have not worked as an APRN for over 2 years please see regulation 12 AAC 44.475(c-e).
  • The $100 Legend Drugs Prescriptive Authority Fee and the $100 Controlled Substances Prescriptive Authority Fee are only required if you have NOT held prescriptive authority previously.
  • Transcripts, 60 hours of continuing education, and 15 hours of advanced pharmacology continuing education are not required to reinstate your APRN license.

Board of Nursing Discipline Database:

The Board of Nursing Disciplinary Actions are now available to view online!

Board of Nursing Advisory Opinions and Policies:

The Board of Nursing Advisory Opinions and Policies are now available to view online!

Board of Nursing Listserv Now Available!

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