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With the demand for nurses far exceeding supply, a nursing career provides job security and attractive pay. Those considering a career in nursing may choose from several schools in the Las Vegas Valley. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and College of Southern Nevada are two excellent public options within the Las Vegas city limits. Just 16 miles away in nearby Henderson, students will find additional options such as Everest College and Nevada State College.

Nursing roles and programs
Certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN) are the three most common nursing roles. CNA is the most junior position. These caretakers help patients with day-to-day tasks such as eating, dressing, and bathing. They receive licensure after completing a brief training course and passing a state exam. LPNs may conduct a broader range of medical procedures like dressing wounds, giving injections, and collecting samples for testing. They must complete a certificate program of 1-1.5 years and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. RNs are senior nurses, independently responsible for many aspects of patient care. They may complete either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree in preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

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Nursing employment outlook
The future looks bright for aspiring nurses of all stripes. CNA employment is expected to increase 21 percent over the next decade, while LPN employment will grow 25 percent. Employment for RNs will increase a robust 19 percent. The Las Vegas Valley is home to 3,000 CNAs who earn a median annual salary of $33,240. The region’s 1,600 LPNs receive close to $53,000 in annual pay, while its 12,000 RNs bring home almost $81,000 annually. All of these salary figures are well above the respective national averages.

If you would like to explore nursing programs in the Las Vegas Valley, take a moment to review our list below of the area’s accredited nursing schools.

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Las Vegas Valley 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)
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
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
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