Dec 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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 web-based to allow for “anytime, anyplace” education but may involve occasional visits to campus.

Our Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN), offers five tracks, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Nurse-Midwifery (NMW), Nurse Educator (NE) and Direct Entry MSN (DEMSN). We also offer an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (NE) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

FNPs, PMHNPs and NMWs provide primary care for individuals across the lifespan and often provide healthcare to uninsured and underprivileged populations. Graduates of the NE are prepared to teach nursing. Thus, increasing the number of trained nurse educators so that nursing schools in the region can expand their enrollment. Nevada’s high demand for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators is driving the rapid expansion of the MSN degree program.  The master’s program is fully accredited 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.  The DEMSN prepares the graduate for entry-level nursing practice at the master’s level of education, with advanced skills in selected areas.

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. The DNP program is online with synchronous sessions and intensive style sessions throughout the program. The post-bachelors to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track is accredited by CCNE.

Our Ph.D. in Nursing degree program is research-focused and includes four sub-plans, including  two with emphasis on nursing education, one with emphasis on clinical nursing research, 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.

Imelda Reyes - Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Advanced Education
Roseann Colosimo - Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Lorraine Evangelista - Associate Dean for Research Affairs
Angela Silvestri-Elmore - Associate Dean, Entry and Prelicensure Education

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 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