Welcome from the Dean

Carolyn Yucha, Dean
Carolyn Yucha, Dean

Welcome to the UNLV School of Nursing, the only nursing school in Nevada offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The faculty and staff of the School of Nursing are dedicated to producing undergraduate and graduate students who are prepared to meet the health care needs of our citizens and shape the future of health care.

We have approximately 1,000 pre-nursing and 200 nursing students in our program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This prepares students to take the RN licensure exam and to qualify for future leadership positions in the health field. During the program, students spend time at our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas on UNLV’s Shadow Lane campus. This is a highly technical environment where students learn how to care for infants, children, and adults using numerous computerized manikins. We are proud to report that close to 100 percent of our graduates pass the licensure exam on the first attempt and that many area health facilities preferentially hire our graduates.

To meet the educational needs of working nurses, our graduate programs are offered in an online format with occasional trips to campus. The Master of Science degree in Nursing has two tracks, the Family Nurse Practitioner Track and the Nurse Educator Track. Family nurse practitioners provide primary care for individuals across the lifespan, and many provide care to the indigent and uninsured populations. The nurse educator program prepares future nursing educators. There are currently about 100 students enrolled in the master’s program. For those who have earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, there are two post-graduate certificate programs available.

We also offer two different types of doctor programs: the Ph.D. in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The Ph.D. program is research-intensive, focused on nursing education to help meet the need for more highly qualified faculty in Nevada and the surrounding states. The DNP program has three tracks: advanced practice, academic leadership, and nurse executive.

UNLV's School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission of the Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE) and has full approval by the Nevada State Board of Nursing to operate in Nevada. We have an outstanding group of faculty, many of whom are Certified Nurse Educators and many who have funded research and publish extensively. I encourage you to explore our website to find out more about all of these programs and to visit us when you are in the Las Vegas area.