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Health Sciences

  • J Juneau
  • K Ketchikan
  • S Sitka

Health Sciences at UAS offers students in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka entry level training courses and preparatory programs for careers in health care.

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Program Contacts

Medical Assisting, all campuses:

Allen Puckett

Amy K. Samuel, CMA (AAMA), M.Ed.

Associate Professor and Program Director, Medical Assisting

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In Juneau:

Casey Bain

Casey N. Bain, B.A.

Career Education Program Coordinator

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In Ketchikan:

Profile: Gail Klein

Gail Klein, B.B.A.

Student Services Manager, Title IX Resource Staff

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In Sitka:

Behavioral Health Assistant

New Offering!

This endorsement provides entry-level training and education for students preparing for careers as behavioral health workers and community pathfinders in rural communities, private health care sectors, and human service organizations. Students completing this endorsement will be able to screen for and develop an appropriate entry-level plan for mental illness and substance abuse disorders that utilizes client input, community stakeholders, and national resources.

Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) Training

Begin your Career in Healthcare!
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training is a 9-credit course designed to train entry level workers in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Because of the personal nature of a job, a CNA should be compassionate and enjoy aiding others. In long-term care and nursing facilities, a CNA is often a patient’s essential caregiver. Additionally, CNAs work with medical technology, such as health information software and medical record charting software.

Train for a High Demand Profession
CNA training is a sought after skill development program in an Alaskan market where CNAs are in short supply. It is also a stable avenue for getting a foot into the healthcare industry. The course includes classroom instruction, lab training, skill practice, and the clinical application of knowledge and skills.

Become a Licensed CNA
Students who successfully complete the program with a C (2.00) or higher will be eligible to take the State of Alaska Nurse Aide Examination for Certification. 98% of all University of Alaska Southeast CNA program graduates have passed the state exam and students report immediate employment in their communities.

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Each student wishing to enroll in this course/degree program must complete a departmental application prior to registration. Only Completed application packets are accepted. Applicants will be notified by Health Sciences Department once packet has been reviewed.

Application acceptance is based on completion of the following four (4) components:

  1. Personal Data Sheet 
  2. Health Screening Form 
  3. Writing Placement Exam Score or high school/college transcripts that show a college writinglevel of WRGT 110 or higher {Must be provided by applicant, attach to application}
  4. Alaska criminal background check {must be provided by applicant, attach to application}

Placement criteria:

  • Date by which Completed application is received by UAS Health Sciences Department
  • With competitive applicant pools, acceptance may also be based on GPA


Mail, drop-off, or email completed applications to:

           Via Mail/Drop-off: University of Alaska Southeast, School of Career Education
           Attn: HEALTH SCIENCES Dept. - CNA Program
           1415 Harbor Way, Juneau, AK 99801
           Via Email (Preferred)cnbain@alaska.edu 

2020 UAS C.N.A. APPLICATION

Faculty & Staff

Amy K. Samuel, CMA (AAMA), M.Ed.

Amy K. Samuel, CMA (AAMA), M.Ed.

Associate Professor and Program Director, Medical Assisting

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Darcie Ziel

Darcie Ziel

CNA/HIM Assistant Professor

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Marilyn Lumba

Term Assistant Professor

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Sarah Niecko

Adjunct, Behavioral Health

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