Nevada Nursing Colleges, Schools and Programs

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There isn’t a whole lot to Nevada other than a few large cities and a bunch of desert. In fact, nearly 60% of Nevada’s population resides in Las Vegas. The rest live in either Reno or Henderson, with a smaller percentage found in a few other cities scattered throughout the state. The word “Nevada” comes from the Sierra Nevada mountain range and literally means “snow-capped mountain range” in Spanish. While most of the state is desert, Nevada does have a beautiful range of mountains (the Sierra Nevadas) on its north western border. Within in the Sierra Nevadas lies Lake Tahoe, a favorite vacation and destination spot for residents from California, Nevada and surrounding states.

While Nevada’s economy was originally founded on mining, it later was refounded on what many people refer to as “vice industries”, including gaming and prostitution. Today Nevada has a growing economy which includes industries such as gaming, agriculture, mining and tourism. Even though Nevada’s economy has been sluggish, it has a strong and vibrant health care sector. With a total population of nearly 3 million people there is always demand for health care services and health care employers are always in need of qualified nurses.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly 18,000 nurses employed in Nevada making a mean annual salary of $75,000 a year. Job opportunities for nurses are going to be most prevalant in the largest cities in Nevada including Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, Spring Valley, Enterprise, Sparks and Carson City. Some of the top employers of nurses in Nevada include University Medical Center, Renown Regional Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Valley Hospital Medical Center and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

To become a nurse in Nevada you’ll need to earn a diploma or degree from an accredited nursing program and then pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Earning a nursing diploma will qualify you to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Most diploma programs take 1 to 2 years to complete. However, most employers are more interested in hiring registered nurses (RNs). To become an RN you must have an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN). While either of these degrees will qualify you to become an RN, the BSN degree will offer you more career and education advancement opportunities.

Below you can explore nursing schools in Nevada that offer various programs that will prepare you for a career in nursing.

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  • University of Southern Nevada
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
    Student Enrollment: 785
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.usn.edu

  • Nevada State College
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
    Student Enrollment: 2,515
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.nsc.nevada.edu

  • Western Nevada Community College
    Location:
    Carson City, NV
    Student Enrollment: 5,100
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
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  • University of Nevada – Reno – Orvis School of Nursing
    Location:
    Reno, NV
    Student Enrollment: 16,875
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    hhs.unr.edu

  • Great Basin College
    Location:
    Elko, NV
    Student Enrollment: 3,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.gbcnv.edu

  • Truckee Meadows Community College
    Location:
    Reno, NV
    Student Enrollment: 10,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.tmcc.edu


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