Dec 07, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

School of Nursing

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Welcome to the School of Nursing at UNLV. Our nursing program is the oldest in southern Nevada and the only one in Nevada to offer a Ph.D. program. All of our graduate programs are web-based to allow for “anytime, anyplace” education, but may involve occasional visits to campus. In our Masters of Science program, there are currently two tracks, the Family Nurse Practitioner Track, and the Nurse Educator Track. We also offer post-masters certificates in these areas. Family Nurse Practitioners provide primary care for individuals across the lifespan and many provide care to the indigent and uninsured populations. The Nurse Educator program prepares nursing students to teach nursing. This provides more qualified faculty so that all of the area nursing schools may increase their enrollment. The MS program is growing rapidly because of the great need for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators in Nevada.

We also offer a web-based Ph.D. program. This program is research-focused and will help meet the need for more highly qualified faculty in Nevada and the surrounding states. If you are considering a position as a nurse educator and researcher, this web-based program may meet your needs.

We are rapidly expanding our research activities and have a number of well-funded graduate assistant positions available for full time students. In this role, graduate students work closely with faculty on their research, teach undergraduate classes, or supervise students in the clinical setting. It is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your education. UNLV’s School of nursing received full from the Commission from Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2014.

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.


Carolyn Yucha, Dean

  Professor; BS SUNY Albany; MS SUNY Buffalo; Ph.D. SUNY, Health Sciences Center, Syracuse, NY.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Smyer, Tish
  (2006), Professor; BS, University of Arkansas Medical Center; MS University of California Los Angeles; DNSc University of California Los Angeles.

Associate Dean for Research

Schneider, Barbara St. Pierre

(2006), Associate Professor; BS Louisiana State University; MN, University of Washington; DNSc, University of California Los Angeles.


Psychosocial Nursing Department Chair

Candela, Lori
  (1999), Associate Professor; BS Metropolitan State College; MS, University of Colorado; Ed.D. University of Southern California.

Physiological Nursing Department Chair

Alpert, Patricia
(1991), Assistant Professor; B.S., M.S., M.P.H. University of Hawaii; D.P.H. Loma Linda University

MSN Coordinator

Maes, Cheryl
  (2004), Lecturer; BS, MS University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ph.D. Coordinator

Clark, Michele
  (2006). Associate Professor; B.S. University of California, San Francisco; M.S., Ph.D. University of Arizona

Graduate Faculty

Angosta, Alona
   (2005). B.S.N, M.S.N. University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph.D. University of Hawaii
Bowles, Cheryl
  (1984), Professor Emeritus; BS, MS, University of Illinois; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University.
Clark, Michele
  (2006). Associate Professor; BS University of California San Francisco; MS, Ph.D. University of Arizona.
Cyrkiel, Dianne
  (2000), Lecturer; BS. Indiana University; MS University of Texas, San Antonio.
Kawi, Jennifer
  (2007). B.S.N., Saint Louis University; M.S.N., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph.D. University of Colorado, Denver
Kowalski, Susan
  (1994) Assistant Professor Emeritus; B.S. Northern Illinois University; M.S. Boston College; M.B.A. Rockford College; Ph.D. Texas Women’s University
Louis, Margaret
  (1978), Associate Professor Emeritus; BS, MA, Bradley University; Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin.
Menzel, Nancy
  (2006) Associate Professor; BS Cornell University; MS Boston University; Ph.D. University of South Florida.
Sabo, Carolyn

(1984), Professor; BS, MS University of Utah; Ed.D. Brigham Young University.

Tan, Rhigel
  (2005). B.S.N., Cebu City Medical Center College of Nursing; MN, Cebu Normal University; D.N.P. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
VanBeuge, Susan
  (2006), Lecturer; BS Pacific Lutheran University; MS University of Nevada Las Vegas; D.N.P. University of Utah
Xu, Yu (Philip)
  (2005), Professor; B.A., Henan University; M.S., University of South Alabama; Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo.

The master’s program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) from 2008 until 2014. The Master of Science in Nursing Graduate program is designed to provide students pursuing a career in nursing the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the safe, effective and efficient practice of nursing. The M.S.N. program currently offers the opportunity to become a nurse practitioner (NP) or a nurse educator.

The Ph.D. in Nursing Graduate program is designed to achieve the following program outcomes:

  • Provide leadership in the advancement of nursing as an academic and practice discipline and in political processes that affect nursing and health care.
  • Conduct original research that generates new knowledge.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

R.N. to M.S.N. Pathway

Through a collaborative agreement with Nevada State College, registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma are eligible to apply to take UNLV SON graduate courses as a special student. These courses count toward completion of a B.S.N.. This collaboration shortens the graduate pathway by 9 credits. Upon B.S.N. completion, the student is eligible to apply for one of the pathways in the graduate program. Applicants must meet all current requirements of admission into one of the pathways in the graduate program. For more information, please contact Nevada State College School of Nursing.

Transfer of Credit

The Graduate College evaluates transcripts and determines the credits acceptable to the university. The Graduate Admissions Committee determines the credits that may be applied toward the satisfaction of degree requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing. A limited number of graduate courses taken prior to admission to UNLV may be used in an advanced degree program. The courses must: a. Be approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee. b. Have been taken at an accredited institution. c. Have been completed with a grade of B or higher; B- is not acceptable. d. Upon recommendation of the Graduate Dean, be posted on the student’s official UNLV transcript. e. Duplicate or excess credit is not counted toward a UNLV graduate degree.

The actual number of transfer credits accepted is determined when the Proposed Degree Program is filed after admission. No more than seven credits may be accepted. A six-year completion rule applies to all course work utilized in completion of the degree. The date of the first transfer class utilized to fulfill the degree requirements begins the allowed six calendar years. F

Graduates of Baccalaureate Programs from Foreign Countries

Since schools of nursing in foreign countries do not have the opportunity to achieve accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, students graduating from those schools will be exempt from meeting that one criterion for admission. Students will only be accepted on a full admission status, rather than a non-admitted or provisional status.

Post-Master’s Certificate

Individuals who already have a master’s degree in nursing and meet the admission qualifications may complete a Post- Master’s Certificate for an FNP or Nurse Educator. No degree will be awarded, but a certificate documenting completion of the course work will be provided and transcripts showing completion of the courses will be available.


Academic faculty advisors are assigned to all entering students for program planning. At the time the student selects his/her examination committee, the committee chairperson becomes the student’s official advisor. Students must complete the Proposed Program of Study Form by the end of the second semester of full-time study or the semester after they have achieved 16 credits.


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