UNLV School of Nursing Program Overview


Our mission is to educate nurses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to meet health care needs in Nevada and beyond. The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and sustains human health through evidence-based education and advances in 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 are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas – School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The overarching goal of the School of Nursing is to shape the future of nursing education, research and practice. To that end, the faculty have accepted “Nurse Leaders Begin Here” as the school’s motto.


  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

Our Faculty

With more than 45 faculty members, the school recruits leading nurse educators, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. We have an outstanding group of faculty, many of whom are Certified Nurse Educators who have received funded research and are published extensively. Faculty openings are listed on the HigherEdJobs website.

Our Students

Undergraduate students admitted to our program demonstrate strong academic ability. Our post-graduate students hail from across the country, many of whom are nurse leaders in their practices and communities.


We value the needs of learners, health care consumers and stakeholders in the development and revision of programs and initiatives. The program fosters interprofessional practice and professional development in response to the changing health care needs of the community. The primary responsibility for acquiring nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes belongs to the learner. The teacher acts as a facilitator and resource by creating, organizing and maintaining a supportive learning environment.


The school's unique trimester system allows students to complete the program in just 16 months. With a clinical instructor/student ratio at 8:1, the school typically admits 48 students per trimester into the undergraduate program.

Our degree offerings:


Student nurses receive hands-on training early in the program’s curriculum, practicing their skills on low- and high-fidelity manikins at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, and learning from seasoned nurses in a variety of clinical settings including Dedicated Education Units at local hospitals. These opportunities enable the student to perfect patient care before entering the health care profession.

Dedicated Education Unit Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas


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