Nursing Schools in Las Vegas, Nevada

A nursing career offers you excellent employment opportunities. Considering Nevada's steady population growth, retiring baby-boomers, and people living longer, health care coverage plays an increasingly important role. As the state's major metropolitan area, Las Vegas leads the way in generating nursing opportunities. Additionally, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration reports the number of RNs per 100,000 inhabitants in Nevada as 616 compared to 854 nationwide.

The Nevada State Board of Nursing reports that as of June of 2010 there were 38,424 active nursing licenses and certificates in the state of Nevada, an increase of 6,248 since June of 2006. In Clark County, where Las Vegas is situated, the numbers break down as:

  • Advanced Practice Nurses: 339
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: 55
  • EMS/Registered Nurses: 69
  • Registered Nurses: 13,363
  • Licensed Practical Nurses: 2,117
  • Certified Nursing Assistants: 4,308

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for RNs in Las Vegas is $72,950. The APN, CRNA, and EMS/RN careers fall in this category since all are considered RNs. Median annual wage for the LPN and CNA categories is $48,460. Both exceed the national mean annual wage of $66,530 and $40,900 respectively.

Nursing Schools in Las Vegas

In the Las Vegas area, you can find 10 nursing schools approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Certificates, bachelor's, master's, and post-graduate degrees are offered. Your nursing career begins in pre-nursing and requires a high school diploma and a 3.0 GPA. You must pass an exam called HESI A2 with at least an 80% score to enter. Studies last from two to four years and beyond depending on the degree you choose. Studies are rigorous and follow a curriculum heavy in science, math, biology, and detailed aspects of medical practice. To practice as a nurse, you must also pass the nationally administered NCLEX exam.

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