The School of Nursing at UNLV offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing program designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. The program comprises 46 credit hours of graduate coursework The School of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities requisite to the safe, effective, and efficient advanced practice of nursing. Coursework includes classroom, clinical, and research/service-learning activities. The School of Nursing offers two options for a Master of Science degree in Nursing (Family Nurse practitioner & Psychiatric mental Health Nurse practitioner). Each plan is intense and demanding.

The online MSN program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two-day orientation sessions are held on campus before the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty. The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of Nursing and prepares graduates to sit for the National Certification examinations.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification

Website:, or American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification Program (1-800-284-2378).

The UNLV SoN data page contains the program's first time and overall pass rates for students taking the Certification exams. The data page also contains information regarding program acceptance, matriculation, graduation, and employment rates.

Year School Pass Rate, 1st Time Takers Number of 1st Time Candidates Number of Examinees
2019 100% 19 19
2018 95.83% 24 26
2017 92.86% 28 29


The UNLV SoN is accredited by the Commission on Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
655K Street, NW Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-887-6791
Fax: 202-887-8476

Master's Accreditation

Initial Accreditation Date: October 13, 2008
Most Recent Accreditation Date: November 13, 2013
Accreditation Term Expires: June 30, 2024
Last On-Site Evaluation: November 2013
Next On-Site Evaluation: Fall 2023

To contact the program/institution directly:
Phone: 702-895-5045

Certification Exam and State of Nevada Licensure Requirements Disclosure

After successfully completing the program, students become eligible to take the National certification exam. Graduating students must take and pass the National certification exam for advanced practice to become a licensed advanced practice registered nurse In addition to taking and passing the certification exam, graduating students must apply for licensure to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse in each U.S. state or territory where they will work.

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

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Nevada School of Nursing- Educational Requirements

The UNLV School of Nursing has determined that the UNLV School of nursing Master of Science in Nursing program meets the educational requirements for state licensure in Nevada as outlined in NRS 632 and NAC 632.

Nevada Advanced Registered Nurse - Non-Educational Requirements

Non-Educational requirements, as outlined in NRS 632 and NAC 632 (as of May 2020), include the following: Must have an unencumbered Nevada Registered Nurse license Must pass national certification exam; must provide official transcript from MSN program; must take and; must submit fingerprints and background check; must submit an application and pay a fee; must be of good moral character.

Those planning to apply for a license to practice Advanced practice Registered Nursing in Nevada are encouraged to review the relevant Nevada statues and regulations regarding the advanced practice of nursing.

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Dr. C. W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, FAAN

Interim Associate Dean for Advanced Education

Ashley Lamarca

Enrollment Coordinator