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The first step in launching your Las Vegas nursing career is sorting through the different education pathways available. Simply put, different nursing roles require different skills and training.

Nursing roles and education
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) need only a brief six- to eight-week training program, since they primarily aid patients with daily activities. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have a wider job scope that includes dressing wounds and inserting catheters. They must earn a certificate that requires 12 to 18 months of fulltime study. Registered nurses (RNs) make independent patient care decisions and manage teams of LPNs and CNAs. Nevada’s RNs can pursue one of two pathways: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

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Nursing career outlook
These three nursing roles fall under the same umbrella category, forming a workforce of over 17,000 nurses in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Overall nursing employment is expected to increase 24 percent during the next decade. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), a subset of RNs who hold graduate degrees in specialized fields, will experience the fastest employment growth at more than 30 percent.

Las Vegas nursing salaries
Nursing assistants in Las Vegas earn about $33,000 per year, which is attractive pay considering their very brief certification process. LPNs are also well compensated, with a yearly salary of almost $53,000 in the Las Vegas metro area. The city’s RNs, who invest by far the most in their education, earn more than $80,000 per year. Some RNs pursue graduate education to enter even higher-paid nursing specializations.

Explore the different education paths to a nursing career. We’ve profiled below the top Las Vegas schools that offer state-approved nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Las Vegas nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 South Maryland Parkway | Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • 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
College of Southern Nevada
6375 West Charleston Boulevard | Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Kaplan College - Las Vegas
3535 West Sahara Avenue | Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.4% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Nevada Career Institute
3231 North Decatur Boulevard, Suite 119 | Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.3% 2009 to 2017
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
College of Southern Nevada Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Kaplan College - Las Vegas Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.2% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.4% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Nevada Career Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.0% 2012 to Q1-3 2013