Las Vegas Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Las Vegas Colleges and Schools

With 613,599 residents in 2014, Las Vegas was the state of Nevada's most populous city. Known for its sultry entertainment venues and strip of world class casinos, the city of Las Vegas is celebrated as an international resort city. Often referred to as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas is brimming with opportunities for recreation, world-class restaurants and hotels, and top tier musical performances that take place year-round.

But there's another side of Las Vegas that not everybody knows about. On top of the glam and glitz, Las Vegas is an affordable place to work, attend school, or raise a family. As of 2013, the median housing value was just $163,500, which is lower than state of Nevada and national averages. Meanwhile, the median household income in Las Vegas was $51,143 in 2013, a figure just slightly lower than the average for the state.

Colleges and Schools in Las Vegas, Nevada

The National Center for Education Statistics lists 23 institutions of higher education as active in Las Vegas as of 2014. While that figure includes two public, four year schools, it also includes beauty schools, community colleges, private universities, and trade schools. Together, all Las Vegas colleges and schools combined enrolled 72,654 students in 2014.

Advanced Training Institute

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $14,595 - $20,465
  • Graduation rate: not reported
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: four career diplomas

Advanced Training Institute is a private, less-than-two-year institution that offers career training in vocational fields. Currently, students can choose to earn a diploma in popular fields such as HVAC repair, personal fitness, electrical, and automotive technology. Thanks to small class sizes and the popularity of its programs, approximately 436 students were enrolled in 2014.

American Institute of Medical Technology

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $20,100
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 69%, and 31% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 2

The American Institute of Medical Technology prepares students for careers in ultrasound science and health care. Currently, students can choose to study diagnostic medical sonography or echocardiography with small class sizes and plenty of hands-on instruction. As of 2014, 48 students were enrolled in this school.

College of Southern Nevada

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $2,700
  • Graduation rate (2008): 9%, and 15% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 150 degree and certificate options in 90 areas of study

With 35,943 students in 2014, the College of Southern Nevada was the biggest school in Las Vegas by far. In addition to its many on-campus programs, students can also choose from 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Some of the school's most popular areas of study include creative writing, hospitality management, dental hygiene and accounting.

Nevada Career Institute

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $29,085
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 73%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5

The Nevada career institute offers diploma programs in popular health care fields such as medical billing and coding, practical nursing, massage therapy, surgical technology and medical assisting. As of 2014, 283 students were enrolled in their programs.

Northwest Career College

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $11,587
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 74%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5

Northwest Career College offers five different programs for career-ready students. Currently, programs are offered in paralegal studies, medical insurance specialist, medical assisting, massage therapy and dental assisting. Thanks to the popularity of these programs, 189 students were enrolled in the school in 2014.

Pima Medical Institute - Las Vegas

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $11,734
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 54%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 11 certificate programs, 12 associate degree programs, and 5 bachelor's degree programs

Pima Medical Institute of Las Vegas offers an array of health care degree programs at all educational levels. As of 2014, the schools' most popular degrees were its certificate in diagnostic medical sonography, associate degree in dental hygiene, and associate degree in respiratory therapy. In addition to its on-campus programs, Pima Medical Institute offers seven degrees that can be completed entirely online.

Facts for Students of Las Vegas Colleges and Schools

Las Vegas Economy

Approximately 17.1 percent of Las Vegas residents lived below the poverty line through 2013. However, the Las Vegas economy continues to boom with investments in entertainment, hotel and resort, and retail paving way for more tourists and more entertainment dollars. In addition to tourism, other key industries in Las Vegas include education and service industries.

Demographics in Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas was home to 613,599 residents through 2014. Approximately 21.4 percent of the adult population held a bachelor's degree through 2013, while 82.5 percent held a high school diploma or better. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 21.3 percent of the Las Vegas population was foreign-born in 2013 and 33.4 percent spoke a language other than English at home.

Las Vegas Fun Facts

The city of Las Vegas boasts more than 150,000 hotel rooms. Further, The city skyline is so bright that astronauts say it is the brightest place when looked at from outer space.


  1. City of Las Vegas Official Website, http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/faces/home?_afrLoop=1025713728955376&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=drtl64yst_58
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/32/3240000.html

Featured Colleges in the Las Vegas Area (QuickSchools™)

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  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

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Las Vegas Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Academy of Hair Design Las Vegas
5191 W. Charleston, #150
Las Vegas, NV 89146

  • Programs: cosmetology, make-up artist, personal grooming, barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 165 students, 215 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146-1164

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, registered nursing, elementary school teaching, science tech, hotel management, psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 37,758 students, 21,499 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

Expertise Cosmetology Institute
1911 Stella Lake Street
Las Vegas, NV 89106

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, aesthetician and skin care, hair styling, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 32 students, 70 full-time equivalent.

Institute of Professional Careers
4472 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119

  • Programs: dental assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 11 students, 9 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Northwest Health Careers
7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89128

  • Programs: phlebotomy, massage therapy, dental assistant, allied health and medical assisting, medical billing, medical office assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 162 students, 146 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Pima Medical Institute Las Vegas
3333 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: medical assistant, veterinary assistant, dental assistant, respiratory care tech, medical secretary, radiographer, pharmacy tech, phlebotomy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 820 students, 761 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Colleges in Las Vegas with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89154

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: hospitality management, curriculum and instruction, psychology, special ed, business management, accounting, mass communication, criminal justice and safety
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 27,960 students, 24,103 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,735 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 440-560. Math: 450-580.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

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