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There are more than 17,000 registered nurses (RNs) in Nevada alone, a reflection of the critical role that RNs play in the healthcare industry. As the largest healthcare occupation in the U.S., RNs work in hospitals, home healthcare services, long-term care facilities, schools, and even the military. In all of these environments, RNs provide and coordinate patient care. This includes tasks such as independently administering medications and recording observations of patients’ progress. In return, RNs earn a median annual salary of around $65,000 nationwide; Nevada’s RNs earn an impressive $78,000 per year.

Overview of RN training programs
To qualify as a registered nurse, Nevada students must complete either a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree. The state has a dozen accredited nursing schools offering prelicensure RN programs. College of Southern Nevada and Western Nevada College are two top public schools with associate’s degree programs. Both campuses of University of Nevada (Las Vegas and Reno) offer the prelicensure bachelor’s degree program. These programs provide relevant healthcare knowledge and clinical experience, and they usually feature courses in related subjects such as physical and social sciences, communication, and leadership.

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RN career advancement
Due to the growing technical demands of healthcare, many RNs choose to further their education in a specific field of interest. For example, RNs can choose to become nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. These specialized roles require at least a master’s degree, carry significantly advanced scopes of practice, and often pay an annual salary in excess of $100,000 per year.

For those students considering a career as a registered nurse, we have compiled below a complete list of Nevada’s prelicensure RN programs.

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Las Vegas Valley

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
College of Southern Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Nevada State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Roseman University of Health Sciences - Henderson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.3% 2009 to 2017
College of Southern Nevada
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Nevada State College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Roseman University of Health Sciences - Henderson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2017

Reno

Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Nevada, Reno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Carrington College - Reno
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
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, Reno
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2017
Carrington College - Reno
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013

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Western Nevada College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Great Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Western Nevada College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Great Basin College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013