Nevada Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
Nursing students have numerous options when it comes to choosing a nursing program in Nevada. The following guide will provide you with essential information on your many choices in the state and online. Nevada’s colleges and universities make it easy for you to specialize in your particular area of interest with concentrations in such areas as nursing education, adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, leadership and management, and nursing informatics. If you prefer a flexible alternative to earning a nursing degree, you may want to consider earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing from an online university like Walden University.
Nevada School Facts:
- 9 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 6 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 3 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- Highest graduation rate*: The University of Nevada at Reno 54%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Western Nevada College 33%.1
- Highest net price*: University of Nevada-Reno $15,491.1
- Lowest net price*: College of Southern Nevada $6,404.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Nevada with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $14,773 – $20,615.2
- 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Nevada at Las Vegas (99).
*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.
Read below to learn more about several of the bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs available in Nevada and online.
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Nevada
Touro University Nevada’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is geared toward students who already have an associate’s degree in nursing or who have completed a minimum of 60 college credits in prerequisite courses. Classes are held all year around and the program generally takes 16 months to complete on a full-time basis. Nursing majors must complete core nursing courses in addition to mandatory clinical experiences at local medical facilities. Graduates will have the necessary qualifications to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Western Governors University
Western Governors University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for current registered nurses who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. The program generally takes 18 months to complete, with credits from the associate’s degree transferred to the BSN to meet the required 120 credits necessary for graduation. The nursing curriculum focuses on care of the older adult, health assessment, nutrition for contemporary society, community and population health, and leadership experience. All coursework can be taken online with mandatory clinical experiences completed in the student’s local area. Nursing majors will also complete a professional portfolio, illustrating the work completed during the BSN program.
Roseman University of Health Sciences confers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that is offered in an accelerated online format from its Las Vegas, NV campus. The 15-month program includes over 70 credit hours of online learning paired with more than 800 hours of clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities. The curriculum encourages interaction between students, faculty, and healthcare partners in a supportive and engaging learning environment. Roseman’s ABSN program uses a unique grading system that deems a student to have achieved competency when he or she has earned a minimum score of 90%. Graduates of the program are prepared to begin nursing careers at the entry level in diverse healthcare settings. The program holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and approval from the Nevada State Board of Registered Nursing.
Master’s in Nursing Programs in Nevada
University of Nevada at Reno
The University of Nevada at Reno allows students to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of four concentrations: nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse leader. A dual degree program is also available with the MSN and the Master of Public Health. Students may pursue the MSN on a full-time or a part-time basis. All graduate nursing students must complete a thesis or a project, which they must defend to a thesis or a project committee. Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships and funding may be available for graduate students who wish to travel to professional conferences.
Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers students the convenience and flexibility of completing coursework entirely online. Students may choose from one of five MSN concentrations: adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, leadership and management, nursing education, and nursing informatics. The MSN program requires 56 quarter credits encompassing introductory, core, and specialization courses. All graduate students are required to take such introductory and core courses as foundations for graduate study, policy and advocacy for improving population health, essentials of evidence-based practice, and organizational and systems leadership. Current registered nurses may pursue the RN to MSN which offers the same concentrations.
Reviews of Nevada Nursing Programs
Nevada State College
1125 Nevada State Dr
Henderson, NV 89002
Getting into NSC’s nursing program has been very competitive. They require a specific minimum GPA and they only accept few students. It is good that they have increased available seats in the program from 16 to 30+ though. Being accepted into the program has been worth all the pressure and hard work. The program itself is wonderful. I have had skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate lecture and clinical instructors so far who care about their students and their performances. It is not flawless nor is it all sunshine and rainbows though. I am not particularly fond of its system on -for lack of better term- ‘weeding out’ students (those who fail twice on dosage calculations tests or those who fail to achieve a 75% average on all exams will be automatically dropped out of the program). Overall, it is still a great program because they try to get the best out of us to be competent and skilled future nurses.” – Student at Nevada State College
My experience at Nevada State College has been wonderful to say the least. The program’s curriculum is focused around the caritas of Jean Watson’s caring science. This is an imperative part of nursing that I feel is missing from current practicing nurses. The professors for all of the classes are very knowledgeable, kind, and have a passion for teaching students safe practice techniques. This program is also based on Evidence-Based Practice. They instill the practice of critically thinking and having a research based rational for every action taken for the care of a patient. This college is still new when compared to other colleges, but it feels wonderful to be a part of a growing entity. This program is also making a significant impact on the way hospital facilities practice within the valley by instilling the caring science within the facilities. I am very happy to have been a part of this whole experience and institution.” – Student at Nevada State College
Nevada State College’s nursing program is very competitive that I admit I got a bit discouraged while I was still taking my prerequisites. Even then, I still applied and fortunately got accepted. The program itself is wonderful and what I like most about it is its emphasis in caring. The program promotes and incorporates Jean Watson’s ten Caritas in the clinical practice. The professors are very helpful and just like the program’s caring vision, they are doing their best to support us and help us succeed. I remember when I did not do good one of my exams, the professor set up a meeting with me to identify the factors that influenced my performance and discussed strategies that I can use to improve my study habits and pass the next exam. They do it with every student who failed or did not perform well on exams. The clinical experience is great because we get rotated to different facilities around the state where we get to work with different groups of people. It also has a student organization that is active in volunteer works around the city, which the program supports.” – Student at Nevada State College
The Nevada State College School of Nursing is amazing! Although the curriculum is very difficult at times, the professors, student and staff all make it worth the while. I loved how I was given the choice of taking the program part-time, full-time, or accelerated. I took the part-time courses due to my working schedule and kids, but the workload was just enough to ensure that I had still had time in my personal life. As far as the courses go, pharmacology by far was one of the hardest courses to take. But of course, just like any other class, having the right professor makes all the difference (I passed with a high B, which was really hard to do with such difficult material). The professors, for the most part were able to speak with students after class and during office hours; there are study sessions, headed by nursing students further on in the program, either before or right after class, and everyone, my classmates and all, genuinely was there to help me pass! I wouldn’t change anything about it, and if I had to do it all over again, I sure would!” – Student at Nevada State College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers an amazing nursing program, with lots of hands-on practical work and some great instructors who’ve been in the field for a long time. I really felt like they helped me to learn not only the science behind nursing, but how to care for patients and how to treat their emotional and spiritual needs beyond just the diseases the were suffering from. I especially enjoy working with children. I feel like I finally have a career that will carry me forward through my life, and I owe the UNLV School of Nursing a huge debt of gratitude for all the work they did to help me get there. It’s not easy (I remember seeing the sun rise while studying more than a few times…), but it’s worth it. And worthwhile.” – Student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/?degree=4-year&state=NV&major=nursing&sort=best