The UNLV School of Nursing and The Valley Health System opened the first DEU in Southern Nevada during spring 2012 at Summerlin Hospital. Another opened during fall 2017 at University Medical Center. Each hospital has two DEUs, which are the only DEUs in the state, and are available to UNLV students only.
The DEU creates an optimum learning environment for students. Each semester, students partner with clinical dedicated education unit instructors (CDI) who are experts in patient care. Each CDI mentors one or two students.
School of Nursing faculty further develop the teaching skills of each CDI to ensure students receive the appropriate level of instruction and training.
The UNLV nursing program comprises four semesters of 15 consecutive weeks. Students in their second, third, or fourth semesters spend an eight- or 12-hour shift in the DEU every other week.
Dedicated Education Unit Introduction
Students recognize the benefits of the program
CDIs appreciate the opportunity to educate future nurses and contribute to the profession of nursing.