Alaska Patient Care Technician

In Alaska, Patient Care Technicians are required to be listed on the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry. Certain basic criteria must be met first before applying.

Basic requirements for becoming a Nurse Aide in Alaska:

To become a Nurse Aide, one must do the following:

  • Completing Nurse Aide training and passing both written and skills exams
  • Applicants must submit a finger print card

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Strong desire to help people
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning

You must also obtain national certification as a Patient Care Technician. We highly recommend seeking certification through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Eligibility requirements to take an NHA certification exam:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have completed a training program or have one year work experience in the field
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Note: The current fee for taking the exam is $149. Check with your PCT training program to see if this is included in your tuition and fees.


Your Patient Care Technician program should fulfill the state’s education requirements to become a Nurse Aide and allow you to sit for the exam. We strongly recommend you confirm this with both your school/program’s administration as well as with the state registry.

An individual must successfully complete a State-approved Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program and pass both the written and skills tests to be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry. Individuals who enter the competency evaluation/test and do not pass by their third attempt and within 24 months of the training must be retrained in a State-approved Nurse Aide Training Program before retaking the competency test.

State Approved Programs


This page contains specific information about Alaska Nurse Aides testing. Register for your next exam, find test information, or download handbooks/applications/forms from this page. All links labeled “(pdf)” require you to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
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Nurse Aide (NNAAP®) Practice Exam (pdf)

Pearson VUE is the state-contracted provider of Nurse Aide I competency testing. NACES Plus Foundation, Inc., works with Pearson VUE to schedule and provide tests. Candidates must obtain registration information, apply for and schedule their Nurse Aide I Competency exam by visiting the Pearson VUE website. Candidates can obtain a Nurse Aide I candidate handbook in these ways:

By contacting their training program instructor
By visiting the Pearson VUE web site 1-800-475-8292
By calling NACES Plus Foundation at 1-888-282-6904

Person Vue Testing Center:
Application for Reinstatement of Nurse Aide Certification, #08-4365, Revised 04/2013. A Nurse Aide Certification that has been lapsed for more than 12 months but less than five years, may be reinstated if the applicant meets the qualifications.

Contact Information:
Jamie Heinz, Licensing Examiner
(907) 269-8169
(907) 269-8196 (fax)
550 W. 7th Avenue., Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

Alaska Contact Information:
AK Nurse Aide Registry
AK Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Board of Nursing
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
Phone: 907-269-8169
Fax: 907-269.8196