This semester marks one of change for the UNLV School of Nursing, and we are eagerly embracing the challenges of the future while continuing to lead the state in nursing education.
Last year, the Nevada Board of Regents approved a differential tuition rate for the School of Nursing to help offset budget cuts to the state higher education system. The nursing program is one of UNLV’s most expensive programs to operate. Training nurses is inherently expensive because of the clinical components and the low student-faculty ratio required for safe patient care and to maintain our national accreditation.
Beginning January 2012, nursing classes at the 300 level or above will cost roughly twice what a typical UNLV course costs. Yet, even at these higher tuition rates, the cost to attend UNLV School of Nursing is still about half that of a private nursing school in Nevada. At the same time, UNLV students received a high quality education, as evidenced by our nearly 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam and our graduate program’s ranking in the nation’s top 25 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The rise in cost has not affected the demand for our program offerings. Our students continue to learn quality care using state-of-the-art equipment and technology at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas on our Shadow Lane campus. Each year nursing students and faculty log thousands of volunteer hours by providing low-cost services to the underserved and underprivileged in the greater Las Vegas community. We also are particularly excited this semester to begin a new model for clinical instruction in our Dedicated Education Unit at Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center.
Nursing School faculty bring in about $1 million annually in research and educational grants to continue finding methods that will improve patient care and further advance the field of medicine. After graduation, many of our alumni stay in the area, serving the population in high-paying health-related professions. They improve our local quality of life and contribute significantly to our economy.