RN to BSN in Nevada

Nevada contains over 17,000 registered nurses among its population of close to 3 million. Of these, 7,300 nurses work in Reno, one of the state’s highest paying cities for RNs; Carson City and Las Vegas pay registered nurses $71,236 and $68,674, respectively. The average annual salary for RNs working in Nevada is $78,800, but depending on one’s level of education and licensure, a Nevada nurse can earn anywhere between $32,130 and $221,240.

Like many states, Nevada is currently striving to ease the transition to higher education for RNs wanting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. BSN nurses not only increase their earning potential and employment opportunities, but also levels of patient satisfaction and patient success rates. Below we have assembled a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help aspiring Nevada RNs decide which program best fits their needs.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Nevada

Here we have compiled a comprehensive list of Nevada’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Great Basin College

$ 85 per credit lower division
$ 138 per credit upper division

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • The program consists of 67 credit hours.
  • A maximum of 25 students will be accepted into the program per term.
  • Experience in direct practice in a clinical setting is not a requirement for the Great Basin RN to BSN program.
Online 1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801

Nevada State College

$ 138 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

No deadline; students should apply 3 to 6 weeks before a semester begins

  • The program consists of 73 upper division nursing credit hours and 46-56 college core curriculum courses.
  • NSC has a unique, highly-equipped, 31,000 square foot clinical facility at the Shadow Lane Campus called The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV).
  • RNs who are applying to the RN to BSN track are exempt from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test.
Campus and Online 1125 Nevada State Drive
Henderson, NV 89002

Touro University

$ 415 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 10th, August 29th, and January 10th

  • Touro University’s RN to BSN program has three start dates: March, July and November.
  • Two program pathways are available: a traditional and an accelerated.
  • Students can take anywhere from 12 to 16 months to complete the BSN program.
Online 874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

University of Nevada – Reno

$ 192 resident
$ 211 nonresident

Application Deadlines

June 5th

  • The program consists of 8 completion Nursing courses in the major, totaling 27 major credit hours.
  • Students earn 26 upper division credits for their portfolio, which is assembled during the first semester of the RN to BSN program.
  • Clinical practice courses are completed in students’ community or local area.
Online North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Nevada that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Nevada that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Nevada has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined the ways in which Nevada is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Nevada RN’s with a BSN?

The AC has promoted online education, extension of nurse residencies and removing cumbersome barriers so RNs can quickly and seamlessly advance to higher degrees of education.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees awarded by Community Colleges.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is trying to increase the number of nurses serving on hospital boards. Surveys to identify potential opportunities are being conducted.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The coalition helped pass legislation that would update the title and eliminate the need for collaborative agreements for APRNs.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The coalition is putting together a diversity task force and using different methods to recruit nursing students who are ethnically diverse, first generation, low income and/or
live in rural areas.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC is partnering with other organizations in a collaborative effort to establish minimum data sets for occupations identified by Nevada Healthcare Sector Council.

Contact Info

Debra Collins

Nevada Alliance for Nursing Excellence

Debra Toney

Nevada Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Health Care and Medical Services Sector Council

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Nevada Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Nevada Licensing

Nevada is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Nevada nursing license is only valid within Nevada. For licensing information, visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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