Top School for Becoming a Professional Pastry Chef - Henderson, NV

School and Ranking Info

There are roughly three schools within 25 miles of Henderson, NV, that offer programs for professional pastry chefs, and two are for-profit institutions. The one public college, which is located roughly 23 miles away in Las Vegas, provides industry-standard training in the pastry arts.

  • Winner: The College of Southern Nevada enrolls over 34,000 students each year. Through its School of Business, Hospitality and Public Services, students can pursue a certificate or associate's degree in pastry arts while obtaining hands-on work experience in the field.

School Info Chart

Category The College of Southern Nevada
Location Las Vegas, NV
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $2,700 (in-state)
$9,345 (out-of-state)*
Culinary Arts/Chef Awards Offered Certificate and associate's
Culinary Arts/Chef Certificates & Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 51*
Most Popular Culinary Arts/Chef Program in 2012-2013 Associate's (36 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 9%*
Noteworthy Culinary students manage and prepare food for campus-based restaurant

Source: *NCES College Navigator

The College of Southern Nevada

  • Pastry arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation
  • Members of the hospitality faculty have at least five years of professional management experience
  • Both the certificate and the associate's degree programs include a 1-credit work experience
  • Relevant extracurricular activities include a student culinary club

The School of Business, Hospitality and Public Services includes the Department of Hospitality Management, which houses the college's culinary arts programs. Many of the culinary arts faculty members hold certification from the American Culinary Federation, including the Master Pastry Chef certification.

The department offers a 33-credit Certificate of Achievement in Pastry Arts program that includes topics in cake design, international breads and retail bakery management. Students also take courses in hospitality, nutrition, purchasing and sanitation. Similar coursework can be found in the 70-credit Associate of Applied Science in Pastry Arts program, which includes additional training in chocolate making and the sugar arts. Both the general education and major coursework may be transferable to a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in the culinary arts.

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