The leader in advanced practice nursing education

More than 60 years of experience training motivated, eager students.

New BSN to DNP specializations available!

We're proud to announce that our DNP program now offers Nurse Executive Clinical Nurse Leadership and Clinical Education Leadership specializations.

Preparing Nevada's nurses

About Us

About us

Founded in 1956, the Orvis School of Nursing (OSN) is the oldest school of nursing in the state and committed to serving the healthcare needs of the people of Nevada through excellence in teaching, research and service.


Meet the faculty

Our nursing faculty have hundreds of years of combined experience in nursing education and professional health care. Learn more about our faculty members today.

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News from the Orvis School of Nursing

A group of 25 students, faculty and friends standing in front of a float decorated for pride, holding a pride flag

Orvis School of Nursing parades proudly at Northern Nevada Pride

Orvis School of Nursing has celebrated Northern Nevada Pride for another year, participating in the parade and festival

A group of nine smiling people posing for the camera at the Interprofessional Care 2023 TTX Training Exercise

Health students participate in emergency management training

Organizational Resilience in partnership with Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Public Health have delivered disaster management training to health students.

Principal of the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, Robert Kamugisha, Principal of the Uganda College of Health Sciences Bwindi, Onesmus Keizire, Associate Professor at Orvis School of Nursing, Deborah Lowell Shindell, Tutor and Deputy Registrar at the Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi Andrew Ansinguza in front of the Orvis School of Nursing sign

Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi visits Orvis School of Nursing

Orvis School of Nursing has welcomed a team from Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi and Bwindi Community Hospital as part of an international partnership focused on the sharing of knowledge and experiences.

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The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, master's degree programs in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.