Nurses of all types are essential to healthcare in Nevada. They serve important roles in hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, outreach clinics and more. The nursing industry in Nevada experienced a rapid increase in demand during the state’s silver boom and the construction of the Hoover Dam, and it continues to grow today.

A nursing career starts with an education, whether that’s at the undergraduate or graduate level. We’ve put together this information page for anyone who wants to learn how to become a nurse in Nevada, whether they’re looking into nursing certification for the first time or preparing for the advanced degree program necessary to move their career to the highest levels.

Best Nursing Schools in Nevada

Nevada Badge ImageTo help you make the right choice among the 14 nursing colleges in Nevada, two lists are posted on this page. The first one goes over the best nursing schools in Nevada for undergraduates, optimal for individuals interested in LPN or RN education. The second list is for graduate students who are looking to become NPs or take on an advanced practice nursing specialty.

Rankings like these can help you more fully understand your options before making your own choice among nursing programs in Nevada. Our data comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); details on the methodology we used can be found at the bottom of this page.

Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,820
Undergraduate graduation rate
28%
Undergraduate retention rate
76%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
73%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,850
Undergraduate graduation rate
28%
Undergraduate retention rate
63%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
73%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$6,885
Undergraduate graduation rate
55%
Undergraduate retention rate
81%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
88%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$6,899
Undergraduate graduation rate
42%
Undergraduate retention rate
74%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
93%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$4,553
Undergraduate graduation rate
16%
Undergraduate retention rate
71%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
88%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$3,015
Undergraduate graduation rate
25%
Undergraduate retention rate
N/A
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
72%
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$12,360
Undergraduate graduation rate
62%
Undergraduate retention rate
78%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
100%

Nursing Accreditation in Nevada

Before you start any nursing program, it’s important to know that the school offering it complies with national standards of educational quality. This is what accreditation is for. Accreditation is essentially a review of a school and/or its programs, performed by an independent agency. Accredited nursing schools have been found to meet U.S. standards for education, which is beneficial for both students and employers.

In Nevada, nursing colleges may be accredited by one or more of the following official accrediting bodies:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National League for Nursing
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Nevada Nursing Licensure

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) seek licensure through the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Creating an online account and following the procedures outlined on the Nevada Nurse Portal is the only way to apply for nurse licensure in the state. Applicants must have graduated from an approved school and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN) to be eligible.

Registered nurses (RNs) also are required to complete the licensure process through the Nevada State Board of Nursing and must use the Nevada Nurse Portal. Proof of graduation from an accredited program, fingerprinting and a passing score on the national exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) are necessary to obtain licensure.

Aspiring nurse practitioners (NPs) and other applicants for advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) licensure must also apply through the Nevada Nurse Portal. APRN applicants must complete an advanced program of study from an accredited nursing college that is at least one year in length and that pertains to their advanced practice area.

Nevada Nursing organizations

Making connections, having access to resources and learning about career opportunities can be essential to new nurses or nurses advancing in the profession. Membership in a Nevada nurse association can supply just those benefits, as well as give additional perks like retail discounts or exclusive job boards. Four professional associations for Nevada nurses are described briefly below.

  • The Nevada Nurses Association: 

    For more than 90 years, the Nevada Nurses Association has addressed issues in the nursing profession. Members can enroll for insurance, access various resources and sign up for a self-study bioterrorism course.

  • Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association:

    Education, leadership and legislative representation is the mission of Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Members can also find a career board, receive legislative updates and get information on full practice authority in the state.

  • Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders: 

    A regional chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, this group offers professional development, leadership learning and research to benefit nurse practice. Members have access to networking opportunities, scholarships, shared expertise and healthcare news.

  • Nevada Association of Nurse Anesthetists: 

    Advancing the art and science of nurse anesthesia is the purpose of the Nevada Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Membership benefits include a range of resources and access to several practice-relevant seminars in the Northwest region.

Nevada-Specific Continuing Education

LPNs and RNs in Nevada must complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) before the renewal date on their license, which comes up every two years on the licensee’s birthday. New licensees may be exempted from the 30-hour continuing education requirement for the first renewal cycle, but they are required to take a one-time four-hour bioterrorism course — a requirement passed by the Nevada state legislature in 2003 — even if a first cycle exemption is granted.

APRNs need to complete 15 hours of continuing education within each renewal period. The bioterrorism course is only required for LPNs and RNs. A list of approved CE providers pertaining to each level of nursing licensure is available on the Nevada Board of Nursing website.

Hospitals in Nevada

Hospitals in Nevada can be a fantastic employment resource for nurses, not only as a day-to-day job but also as a solid foundation for career advancement. Nevada hospitals offer opportunities to conduct internships, build professional relationships and practice clinical skills. Below are brief details on the three hospitals in the state with the largest numbers of staffed beds per facility.

  • Renown Regional Medical Center (Reno): Renown’s history dates back to 1862, when it was founded as a small hospital to treat people who contracted smallpox during the state’s silver boom. Nurses may find opportunities to work in its children’s hospital, institute for cancer or rehabilitation center.
  • Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center (Las Vegas): Nurses may appreciate the patient communication that occurs at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. After all, wait times for ER are updated in real-time on the medical center’s website. Additionally, the hospital’s careers page features details on job opportunities for nurses not only at Sunrise itself but also throughout the Sunrise Medical System.
  • University Medical Center (Las Vegas): The construction of the Hoover Dam brought more people into the Las Vegas area and drove the need for a hospital. Once known as the Clark County Indigent Hospital, UMC now houses a pediatric trauma center, a burn care center and a center for transplantation.
Sources & Methodology

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we gathered data for 6,758 United States institutions. We then filtered that list of schools by state and analyzed the data for each state with two different methodologies, in order to create two different lists: our undergraduate list, based on 11 ranking criteria, and our graduate list, based on 9 ranking criteria.

Final data for the 2016-17 school year was used for these rankings. Schools that did not provide data for all of the required ranking criteria were disqualified from that ranking.

The 11 criteria for the undergraduate school ranking were as follows:

  1. Number of associate- and bachelor’s-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of associate- and bachelor’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of associate- and bachelor’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Average amount of federal grant aid awarded to full-time first-time undergraduates
  8. Percent of full-time first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
  9. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  10. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  11. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

The graduate school ranking scored schools based on 9 criteria, different from the undergraduate list. These 9 criteria were as follows:

  1. Number of master’s- and doctoral-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of master’s- and doctoral-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of master’s- and doctoral-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  8. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  9. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

 

Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2018, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • About Us, Renown Health, Accessed September 2018, https://www.renown.org/about-us/
  • About Us, Sunrise Health, Accessed September 2018, https://sunrisehealthinfo.com/
  • American Hospital Directory, American Hospital Directory, Accessed September 2018, https://www.ahd.com/
  • Chapter 632, Nevada Revised Statues, Accessed September 2018, https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-632.html#NRS632Sec270
  • Continuing Education, Nevada State Board of Nursing, Accessed September 2018, http://nevadanursingboard.org/education-and-continuing-education/continuing-education/
  • History of Renown Health, Renown Medical Center, Accessed September 2018, https://careers.renown.org/about-us/our-history/
  • History of UMC, University Medical Center, Accessed September 2018, https://www.umcsn.com/Footer/Serving-the-Las-Vegas-Community-Since-1931.aspx?intMenuID=305&intPageID=309
  • How to Apply for RN/LPN Licensure, Nevada State Board of Nursing, Accessed September 2018, https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-632.html#NRS632Sec270
  • Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, Accessed September 2018, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Accessed September 2018, https://napna.enpnetwork.com/
  • Nevada Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Accessed September 2018, http://www.nvana.org/
  • Our Mission, Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders, Accessed September 2018, https://www.nonl.org/
  • 2018 National Nurses in Business Association National Conference, National Nurses in Business Association, Accessed September 2018, https://nnbanow.com/nnba-conference-2018/registration/
  • Welcome to NNA, Nevada Nurses Association, Accessed September 2018, http://www.nvnurses.org/

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