Mid-body shot of Imelda Reyes

Imelda Reyes, Interim Dean

Welcome to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing (UNLVSON). Our Slogan is “Nurse Leaders Begin Here." As Dean, my role is to promote this slogan, to help advance our vision of shaping the future of nursing education, research, and practice.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program and master’s degree in nursing program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – School of Nursing were originally accredited on October 13, 2008, with the current accreditation through June 30, 2024. The post-graduate APRN certificate program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program had their initial accreditation visit on October 2, 2017, with current accreditation through June 30, 2033.

The baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) program, master's degree in Nursing (MSN) program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Educational Compliance

Licensure Exam and State of Nevada Licensure Requirements Disclosure

The UNLV program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing which makes UNLV students after successful completion of program eligible to take National Council for Licensure Examination, or NCLEX RN. Students must apply with a Board of Nursing to be made eligible to take the licensure exam. Graduating students must take and pass the NCLEX to become a licensed registered nurse. In addition to taking and passing the NCLEX, graduating students must apply for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in each U.S. state or territory where they will work. Students should check licensing requirements in each state they intend to work as criminal background checks can vary.

UNLVSON encourages all prospective and current students to fully explore licensure requirements in each state(s) where they wish to practice in the future.

Vision Statement

Advancing nurse leaders to transform healthcare.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance the science of health and healthcare by preparing nurse clinicians, educators, leaders, and researchers to optimize health equity and wellness of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and innovates nursing through interdisciplinary and transformational education, scholarship, practice, and community engagement.

Strategic Goals and Outcomes

  1. Increasing the educational arm to educate more nurses and practitioners to influence the health of NV and beyond
  2. Increasing research productivity and scholarly outputs of faculty & students
  3. Expanding our presence in the local, regional, and national community
  1. Developing and maintaining an inclusive and dynamic environment that promotes the professional development of students
  2. Cultivating a spirit of philanthropy and entrepreneurship to increase financial strength and resources
  3. Engaging in innovative and cutting edge practice that enhances the health of NV citizens


University of Nevada, Las Vegas – School of Nursing admitted its first cohort of student in 1965. The 26 women and one man graduated with their associates degree two years later, beginning what has become a history filled with successes, accomplishments, and pride.

History Timeline Nursing in Nevada


The school’s advisory board comprises individuals dedicated to improving nursing education and the delivery of health care in Nevada.

Advisory Board