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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the University of Nevada, Reno is designed to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice, educator and leadership positions in health care.

Study at the MSN level helps nurses develop increased clinical competence and sophistication in applying a theoretical framework for nursing practice.

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program prepares nurses as healthcare systems specialists to be effective leaders for health care delivery and to work within all settings to plan and coordinate complex patient care.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the CNL certificate, the graduate is able to:

  • Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states.
  • Implements clinical reasoning and builds collaborative intra- and interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to patients.
  • Provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population within the acute and critical care settings through incorporation of health promotion, health protections, disease prevention and treatment.
  • Impart knowledge and individualize therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.
  • Applies evidence-based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of healthcare.

Which department am I in?

Orvis School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (35 hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,006.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Orvis School of Nursing

William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 30 graduate credits in biology or related fields must be completed with an average grade of B or better

For international students

  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet); IELTS: 6.5 (academic version); Duolingo: 105.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.