Las Vegas Nursing Schools
Students seeking nursing degree programs in Las Vegas have multiple options for schools, all located less than half an hour from downtown. This article profiles three of the schools and also provides a table that compares important statistics among them.
- The University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 6.5 miles from the city center, offers programs ranging from Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This school also began offering a Nursing PhD program in 2005.
- At the College of Southern Nevada, students can choose from a two-year practical nursing certificate program or an associate's degree RN program. The college is about 12 miles from downtown.
- About 6 miles from Las Vegas, the BSN program at Roseman University of Health Sciences offers conventional, accelerated and other completion options.
Comparison of Schools
The right school choice can be as important as the right program. Check out the table below to see how the three featured schools are both similar and different.
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||College of Southern Nevada||Roseman University of Health Sciences|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||30,471*||33,914*||1,580*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$7,665 in-state; $21,853 out-of-state*||$3,285 in-state; $10,063 out-of-state*||$35,686*|
|% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||93%*||74%*||29% for grant or scholarship aid, 24% for Pell grants, 76% for federal student loans (all undergrads)*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||81%*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)||74% for full time students; 48% for part time students*||N/A||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students beginning in Fall 2011)||42%*||9% (21% transfer-out rate)*||N/A|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
The programs at the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) are accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission of the Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE) and the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Both tracks in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program are also available as post-master's certificates.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Students wishing to earn a BSN begin as pre-nursing majors. After completing prerequisite coursework, students submit transcripts, GPA information and the results from standard admissions tests. Once admitted, students complete 60 credits of nursing classes over the course of four semesters. Coursework covers patient-centered care, health assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology, nursing care for diverse populations and nursing leadership. Roughly one-third of the curriculum comprises a clinical component, allowing students to obtain hands-on experience. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing
The online MSN program offers both a family nurse practitioner and a nurse educator track. The nurse educator track prepares students to teach in classroom or clinical settings. Coursework covers nursing theory, evaluation strategies, research methods, curriculum development and teaching strategy. A two-part practicum must be completed.
The family nurse practitioner track enhances students' capabilities as nurses. Graduates are prepared to perform physical examinations, order tests and treatment and prescribe medications for individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Coursework includes advanced physical assessment, nursing theory, pharmacology and primary care of the family. The program culminates with a clinical experience.
PhD in Nursing
This program is designed for students who are interested in academia or leadership positions in nursing. The program is online with an on-campus orientation that must be attended prior to beginning studies. Applicants must have either a BSN or an MSN and be eligible for licensure in Nevada. Students can select from two tracks: nursing education or post-DNP to PhD. Core coursework for both programs covers teaching and learning, theory development, research methods and other topics.
The nursing education option covers curriculum development and educational theory and requires two teaching practicums and a dissertation. In the post-DNP to PhD track, students take many of the same core courses and must also complete a dissertation.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The DNP is an online post-master's professional practice program that prepares nurses to become leaders in administration, clinical practice, teaching and research. The program offers two tracks: advanced practice and nurse executive. Both cover healthcare organization, nurse leadership and public policy. The nurse executive option goes on to provide coursework in financial management and health care laws. The advanced practice track addresses population health analysis and healthcare system strategies. Both programs require a research project.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada's School of Health Sciences offers degree and certificate programs in several areas of allied health and clinical laboratory science.
Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing
The Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing includes classroom instruction and hands-on practice. This two-year curriculum covers medical terminology, pharmacology, nursing fundamentals and family nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam for practical nurses.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Successful completion of this two-year associate degree program qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become registered nurses. Coursework includes general education and prerequisite courses that must be completed before beginning major coursework. Nursing classes cover pharmacology, management, mental health nursing, pediatric nursing and surgical nursing. Students spend time in the classroom and complete clinical component. An accelerated option is available to Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to become RNs.
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Those seeking to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing from Roseman University of Health Sciences can pursue the degree in a conventional format or an accelerated program. A 9-month RN-BSN is also available.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The BSN takes 18 months to complete and covers the fundamentals of nursing, such as basic health skills, safety and nursing principles. Courses are also taken in pediatric, newborn, community and mental health nursing. A practicum, seminar and clinical experiences are all part of the curriculum. The accelerated program is provided in a hybrid format and takes 16 months to complete. A pathway for veteran students seeking a BSN is also available.
Other School Options
Touro University Nevada, just 6 miles from Las Vegas and also in Henderson, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in nursing.