Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees (DNPs) are high-level degrees that prepare students for clinical nursing education and advanced practice nursing. Registered nurses seeking DNP degrees are able to focus their studies on either advanced practice nursing and systems or organizational/educational leadership.

The number of unit hours required to complete a program will vary from program to program and depend on the specialty being pursued.  The post-master's DNP programs in the state of Nevada will requires completion of didactic and practicum nursing courses that comprise around 31 semester credit—depending on the track. BSN-DNP programs normally require 60 credits for the Nurse Executive tracks, and 68 credits to complete the Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner tracks.

Upon successful completion of the DNP, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to improve patient and population health care outcomes in various direct and indirect settings
  • Provide evidence-based practice through the application of analytical methods, information systems technology, and clinical research
  • Take leadership roles in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care and health care systems.
  • Act as a change agent, leader, and advocate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care policy as it affects populations and the nursing profession
  • Collaborate in inter-professional teams to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse individuals and populations

Choosing a DNP Program

Selecting the right DNP program and school takes a little legwork. To ensure that you choose the right school for you, there are a few important things that should be carefully considered.

What to Consider When Choosing a DNP Program

  • Program Cost—Tuition costs for the two DNP programs in the state of Nevada are as follows:
    • Touro University Nevada Tuition Cost: $625 per unit hour
    • UNLV—In-state $615 per unit hour; Out-of-state $1000 per unit hour
  • Online/Campus Options— Nevada has several universities with DNP programs that are delivered to students primarily in an online format:
    • Touro University Nevada—Touro's DNP program is offered completely online with no required on-campus visits. The practicum and scholarly project portions of the program (which are required for graduation) may be completed in the student’s geographical area
    • University of Nevada @ Las Vegas & Reno—although all courses are delivered online, students are required to come to campus for a two-day orientation and one day each during two different semesters for their project proposal and project defense presentation.
  • Accreditation— DNP programs in the state of Nevada are accredited by the Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Residency— Clinical residencies and fellowships for DNP students can typically be arranged through their university. Students are encouraged to ask what kind of partnerships their school has with local hospitals and health centers.

Admission & State Licensing or Certification Requirements


To be considered for acceptance in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, applicants should:

  • Hold a current BSN or MSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited School of Nursing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate nursing coursework
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their Master's program
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse with an unencumbered license in the state the practicum will be completed
  • English proficiency (written & spoken) is mandatory
  • Submit all required information to the admissions department by the deadline
  • Pass a Level I criminal background check and drug screen
  • Complete required health immunizations and other requirements identified by the School of Nursing (varies based on practicum experience)
  • Pay any fees
  • Interview with faculty
  • Transcripts of all education institutions attended must be sent to the school of choice


Accredited DNP programs in the state of Nevada allow successful students to sit for certification upon completion of programs. DNP tracks offered at universities in Nevada allow students to become certified specialty fields including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Advanced Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Executive


In the state of Nevada, nursing students who've completed the DNP track will need to be licensed by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Requirements for licensure include:

  • Completing an application
  • Background checks
  • Provide transcripts from all educational institutions
  • Submit verification of specialty certification
  • Complete fingerprinting

Nevada BSN to DNP Program Options

Some schools offer BSN to DNP program options for students to directly enter a doctorate program from their baccalaureate degree. This option is available in Nevada at:

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: offers a BSN – DNP program at 60 credits for the Nurse Executive track, and 68 credits to complete the Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner track

Related Education Paths

Helpful DNP Agencies and Organizations in Nevada

List of Campus and Online DNP Programs in Nevada

Henderson, NV

874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 777-8687

Las Vegas, NV

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011

Reno, NV

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