May 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 

School of Nursing

Welcome to the School of Nursing at UNLV. Our nursing program is the oldest in Southern Nevada and the only School of Nursing in Nevada to offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) Degree. 

All of our graduate programs are all web-based to allow for “anytime, anyplace” education but may involve occasional visits to campus.

Our Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN), offers three tracks, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)  and Nurse Educator (NE). We also offer an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (NE), Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and PMHNP for the FNP 

FNPs and PMHNP’s provide primary care for individuals across the lifespan and often provide care to indigent and uninsured populations. The NE prepares graduates to teach nursing. Thus, increasing qualified faculty so that area nursing schools may increase their enrollment. The MSN degree program is growing rapidly because of the great need for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators in Nevada. The master’s program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is designed to provide students the requisite knowledge and skills for safe and effective nursing practice.

A Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is now available at UNLV to educate post-master’s degree students.  The DNP degree is a terminal professional practice degree and prepares graduates in the tracks of advanced clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Executive. The DNP program is online but requires occasional trips to campus for orientation, skills training, and testing. The MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track is accredited by CCNE.

Our Ph.D. in Nursing degree program is research-focused and includes two tracks, with an emphasis on nursing education and  a post Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.).   Our goal is to prepare scholars to advance nursing science and practice through rigorous research, evidence-based education, and dynamic leadership.

Expansion of our research activities includes a number of well-funded graduate assistant positions available for full-time students.  Graduate assistants work closely with faculty on their research and participate in a number of study related activities.  Graduate assistantships provide  wonderful opportunities to gain additional knowledge and skills and foster professional relationships with faculty.

I encourage you to read the catalog and explore our website to find out more about all of these programs and to visit us when you are in the Las Vegas area.

Angela Amar, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean

Kathryn Laughon - Associate Dean, Research (Acting)

Susan McLennon - Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Steven Palazzo - Associate Dean, Academic Affairs


Program Information 

School of Nursing Faculty  

School of Nursing Courses  

School of Nursing Website 


Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education  

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner (On Hold)  

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (ON HOLD)  

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for the FNP  

Post Graduate Certificate in Biobehavioral Nursing (On Hold)  

Master of Science - Nursing  

Doctor of Nursing Practice  

Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing