Nevada DNP Programs

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Nevada DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal level nursing degree for those who wish to concentrate on clinical practice. It offers an alternative from the research-focused PhD. Currently, there are only a few DNP programs in Nevada. These programs are offered by the University of Nevada (Las Vegas and Reno branches) and Touro University.

Nevada DNP programs share a common mission and similar learning objectives. Both strive to prepare nurses for leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, and policy. The programs have a focus on evidence-based practice and providing care to diverse populations.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Nevada DNP programs differ in terms of length and curriculum. Touro University offers an online program for post-master's students consisting of 33 credits and 480 supervised clinical hours (1,000 post-BSN clinical hours are required by graduation). This program can be completed in a 12-month period. The University of Nevada's DNP program has a 39 credit curriculum, and can be completed either full-time in 2 years or part-time in 3 years.

Admission Requirements

Nevada DNP programs also vary in terms of admissions requirements, but the following are common:

  • Master's degree from an accredited program
  • 3.0 GPA or higher (3.5 is required at the University of Nevada)
  • National advanced practice certification
  • Documentation of clinical and leadership excellence
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Evidence of unencumbered RN and APN license
  • Successful completion of graduate-level coursework in nursing theory, research, and health policy
  • Official transcripts from all attended colleges/universities
  • Goal statement


Tuition depends on the specific DNP program and is subject to change annually. Tuition at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas is not based on state of residence, and costs $600 per credit hour for all DNP students. Tuition at Touro University is currently listed at $5,000 per semester, based on a 10 credit course load at $500 per credit.

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University of Nevada
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Orvis School of Nursing - University of Nevada
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

Nevada Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (NV)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Nevada DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Nevada DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Nevada, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Nevada educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Nevada Board of Nursing to find out more about how Nevada recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Nevada schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Nevada Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Nevada, more and more Nevada higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Nevada to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Nevada nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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