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Public colleges and universities are government-supported institutions that offer education at a subsidized rate. Although students can attend a public school at much lower cost than a private school, public institutions still offer top-notch education. Nevada is home to several notable public schools with nursing programs, including College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada, and Nevada State College.

Overview of public nursing programs
Nevada’s public colleges and universities offer several education pathways to becoming a nurse. These include certificate programs for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs for aspiring registered nurses (RNs). A typical CNA certificate program lasts just eight to ten weeks. An LPN certificate requires 12-18 months of focused study, while RN degree programs can last two to four years.

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Nursing career outlook
The bustling job market for nurses is projected to generate more job opportunities for each of these roles. For example, the demand for registered nurses is expected to outpace supply during the 2012-2022 decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevada has numerous healthcare providers in need of newly minted nurses, such as St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Genesis Healthcare, and LifeCare Hospitals.

To help Nevada’s aspiring nurses peruse their options, we have compiled below a thorough list of the state’s public nursing schools.

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Las Vegas Valley

College of Southern Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
School City Programs offered
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada State College Henderson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Reno

Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Nevada, Reno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Nevada, Reno Reno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Nevada cities

Great Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Nevada College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Great Basin College Elko
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Nevada College Carson City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing