Top 5 Nevada RN BSN Degree Programs

Nevada is famous the world over for being home to Las Vegas, where gambling is the order of the day. But there is actually much more to the state than that. Some 2 million people live here currently, and those numbers are growing. The economy is based largely on tourism and gambling and, to some degree, agriculture, but its economy is also growing and now includes warehousing, mining and trucking. There are not that many nursing programs on offer in the state, but the ones that do exist are really good. Additionally, the opportunities for those who graduate from a Nevada school are getting better.

If you complete your BSN (bachelor of science in nursing), you will need to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse (RN). Because the population of Nevada is aging rapidly, added to the fact that the population is growing, the demand for nurses is increasing as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 16,790 RNs are currently employed in Nevada. Their average annual salary is $77,870. However, not all RNs hold a BSN degree, and those who do tend to earn above the average.

It is very important to do your research before choosing a school to enroll in.  There are currently five schools that offer BSN programs and they are listed below.

1. Nevada State College

Nevada State College offers various tracks towards achieving a BSN degree. The first is the regular track, which takes two years to complete. The second is the part-time track, which requires two and a half years of studying. This option is better for those who are already employed. There is also the accelerated track, which is designed for those people who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Finally, there is the RN to BSN track, which those who are already registered nurses can take part in. This track is available online and offers the greatest degree of flexibility.

  • Campus: Henderson, NV
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: Varies depending on number of terms, chosen degree pathway and residency status
  • Minimum time commitment: Two years for full time BSN, four years for part time BSN, one year for accelerated BSN
  • Online availability: Yes for RN to BSN
  • Degree requirements: TEAS, GPA, RN for RN to BSN program
  • Programs: BSN (part time and full time), RN to BSN, accelerated BSN
  • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid

2. Roseman University of Health Sciences

At the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing, students can take part in an 18-month program leading to a BSN degree. Additionally, they offer an accelerated program that can be completed more quickly and has been designed for those students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. The college is committed to offering innovative, high quality education so that the diverse needs of society can be met properly. For this, students will be educated both in theory and clinical experiences. Staff, faculty and administrators are committed to creating a supportive learning environment. Graduates will be able to take the NCLEX-RN examination, after which they can get to work in a variety of different health care settings.

  • Campus: Henderson, NV
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: NLNAC
  • Tuition: $48,540 for BSN and $52,100 for accelerated BSN
  • Minimum time commitment: 18 months
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field for accelerated BSN, high school or GED, transcripts, identification, TEAS, TOEFL if applicable
  • Programs: BSN and accelerated BSN
  • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid

3. Touro University

Touro University prepares students for a rewarding yet challenging career in health care. The BSN degree is designed to ensure nurses are competent and caring, and they are able to meet the health care needs of the communities in which they work. The curriculum is designed to promote creative thinking, scientific inquiry and personal development. Those students who have already studied towards 60 semester credits can take part in an accelerated program that takes just four semesters, or 16 months, to complete before being able to take the NCLEX-RN examination.

  • Campus: Henderson, NV
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $24,835 for eight months
  • Minimum time commitment: Four semesters for BSN, 16 months for accelerated BSN
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: GPA 3.0, high school or GED, transcripts
  • Programs: BSN and accelerated BSN
  • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid

4. University of Nevada – Las Vegas

The undergraduate nursing program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus is focused on placing the patient in the center of any activity. The program itself is demanding and intense. Before being able to take part in the nursing courses, students must successfully complete a number of prerequisite courses. These are offered during 15 week semesters, of which there are four. The BSN is designed to encourage students to continue on the path of lifelong learning, eventually working towards a master’s or even doctoral degree.

  • Campus: Las Vegas, NV
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE, NLNAC
  • Tuition: $191.50 per credit
  • Minimum time commitment: Four semesters
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: High school or GED, transcripts, SAT or ACT, immunization records
  • Programs: BSN
  • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid

5. University of Nevada – Reno

At the University Nevada Reno campus, high school graduates and graduates with an associate degree or nursing diploma can achieve a BSN degree. This program is the most basic preparation required to become employed as a professional nurse and has been designed with a focus on those who want to become nurse leaders. After graduation, students can take the NCLEX-RN examination and they can then get to work. However, graduates are encouraged to continue their education towards a master’s level, eventually progressing to the doctorate degree. Those who graduate with a BSN degree are also able to get to work in the military service as commissioned officers.

  • Campus: Reno, NV
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: Varies depending on number of credits taken, residency of alumni, status of alumni and more
  • Minimum time commitment: Four semesters
  • Online availability: Yes for RN to BSN program
  • Degree requirements: GPA of 3.0 minimum, letter of recommendation, personal statement, resume and RN license for RN to BSN program.
  • Programs: BSN, RN to BSN. High school or GED for BSN program
  • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid