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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.

Las Vegas nursing schools by NCLEX score

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard | Reno, Nevada 89512
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
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
Western Nevada College
2201 West College Parkway | Carson City, Nevada 89703
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia Street | Reno, Nevada 89557
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway | Elko, Nevada 89801
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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)
Carrington College - Reno
5580 Kietzke Lane | Reno, Nevada 89511
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Nevada State College
1125 Nevada State Drive | Henderson, Nevada 89002
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Roseman University of Health Sciences - Henderson
11 Sunset Way | Henderson, Nevada 89014
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • Veteran-to-BSN Pathway
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)
Touro University Nevada
874 American Pacific Drive | Henderson, Nevada 89014
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Truckee Meadows Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
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
Western Nevada College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
University of Nevada, Reno Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Great Basin College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Carrington College - Reno Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nevada State College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Roseman University of Health Sciences - Henderson Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Veteran-to-BSN Pathway
Nevada Career Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.0% 2012 to Q1-3 2013
Touro University Nevada Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion