#2 Top Story of 2018: ANTHC partnership develops new Alaska Pacific University degree programs

January 2, 2019

This story was one of ANTHC’s top news items in 2018. The original story was published in February 2018. Recently, Alaska Pacific University announced the launch of five innovative undergraduate and graduate programs designed to meet the pressing workforce development needs of the state and strengthen Alaska Native communities. Building on the strategic partnership with ANTHC, APU has developed new programs in nursing, community health, and rural management and redesigned programs in counseling psychology. Each of these academic programs supports career advancement in high-demand fields. They are grounded in cultural competence, place-based and experiential learning, and innovative, indigenous models of professional practice. Dr. Robert Onders, APU President, reflected on these new opportunities: “The addition of these programs is part of APU’s focus on delivering programs that are relevant to Alaska’s workforce needs, allow for education at a distance or with shorter periods of time in Anchorage, and are culturally relevant to the communities the students will be serving. APU is excited to work with ANTHC, ANMC, and the Alaska Tribal Health System in creating these and future programs to help meet their workforce needs through meaningful student educational opportunities.” “AK Bridge” RN to BSN Program
  • Culturally relevant “bridge program” taking Registered Nurse (RN) program graduates to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Courses online in modular format to provide flexibility for working adult students
  • Must have unencumbered RN license to apply
  • Priority deadline: March 15, 2018
  • Classes start Fall 2018
  Community Health – AAS and Undergraduate Certificate
  • APU is partnering with Tribal Health Organizations and CHAP Training Centers to provide a stackable degree pathway for Community Health Aides
  • Students must be employed by a Tribal health organization in Alaska or have previously earned Community Health Aide certifications to earn academic credit in the undergraduate certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree combines Community Health Aide training (as major courses) with APU’s Foundational Studies in effective communication, critical thinking, cultural and historical perspective, scientific inquiry, and ethical engagement
  • Foundational Studies courses are offered in a variety of formats (including all online) to be accessible to students working in rural communities
  • Limited housing is available on the APU campus for CHA training residencies
  Alaska Rural Management Certificate
  • 18-credit undergraduate certificate focuses on basic business skills with courses in Alaska Native governance, business foundations, entrepreneurship, budgeting and ethics
  • Relevant educational opportunity for community leaders, Tribal administrators and managers representing the broad scope of Alaska’s industries: government, utilities, technology, transportation and beyond
  • Courses are offered in evenings online in seven-week modules — courses offered in Spring, Summer and Fall sessions
  • Credits may be applied to associate or bachelor’s degree in business
  Counseling Psychology: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) and Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD)
  • Both programs are now offered in hybrid formats that allow for enrollments from across the state
  • Students meet on campus for three weekend intensives per semester, supported by online learning across the semester
  • Programs focus on capacity building in behavioral health profession — MSCP articulates seamlessly with the PsyD
  • MSCP graduates work in occupations such as licensed counselor, health educator and prevention specialist
  • PsyD prepares students for work as licensed psychologists, particularly for those who want to establish private practice or work within Tribal health organizations
  • Cohorts start each Fall semester
  • Application deadline for Fall 2018 is February 15, 2018
  For more information, please contact APU Admissions: (907) 564-8248 or admissions@alaskapacific.edu. Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance are available for these programs. For more information, see APU and ANTHC websites: https://www.alaskapacific.edu/student-financial-services/financial-aid/ https://anthc.org/scholarship-opportunities/

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