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College of Southern Nevada (CSN)

6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

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The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is the largest public college in the state, offering mostly two-year courses throughout its Charleston, Cheyenne, and Henderson main campuses as well as nine other learning centers in the Las Vegas area. CSN was founded in 1971 as the Clark County Community College, opening its doors to a mere 400 students at the time. There are now over 40,000 students availing of more than 200 degrees and technical programs in the CSN schools of Arts and Letters, Applied Technologies, and the Engelstad School of Health Sciences, among others.

As its contribution to the community, CSN's Division of Workforce and Economic Development offers various training programs for workforce skills enhancement and career development. Since its inception in 2005, about 65,000 students have enrolled in courses for adult literacy, business services, occupational safety, and different technical programs.

High school students of Southern Nevada are accommodated by CSN via the Jumpstart Dual Credit Program. Jumpstart was designed to allow young students to earn early college credits at their respective schools. The CSN High School, on the other hand, provides high school courses for juniors and seniors who wish to attend classes at the CSN campus.

Establishments within CSN include a Fine Arts Gallery, Performing Arts Center, the Desert Garden Center, and the only public planetarium in Southern Nevada. Its Campus Child Care facility provides daycare services for student-parents to aid in their academic pursuits. CSN Henderson houses the Lied Field at Morse Stadium, home to the CSN Coyotes baseball team.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $5 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $2,300-$2,700
    • Out-of-State: $8,900-$10,690
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $76-$91 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $160-$190 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid66%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$3,639
Receiving Student Loans12%$5,659

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 13%.

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Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, College of Southern Nevada may provide services including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for College of Southern Nevada compared to community colleges in Nevada, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 CSNClark CountyNevada
Graduation Rate10.6%-18.4%
Transfer-out Rate15.8%-22.2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2000)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1977)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1997)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1996)
  • English Language Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2010)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2002)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Ornamental Horticulture (A)
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping (A, C)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

  • Animation (A, C)
  • Prepress , Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design (C)

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Building and Construction Site Management (A, C)
  • Electrician (A, C)
  • Home Construction and Inspection (A, C)
  • Electrical and Power Transmission Installation (A)
  • Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitter (A)
  • Carpentry (A, C)

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Cad Drafting (A, C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, C)
  • Water Quality Abd Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technician (A, C)
  • Architectural Drafting cad (A)
  • Environmental Engineering Technology and Environmental Technology (A, C)
  • Mechanical Technology Technician (A)
  • Surveying Technology (A)
  • Engineering Management (A, C)

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (A)
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Psychology

Science Technology

  • Science Technologies (A)

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline Pilot and Flight Crew (A)

Visual and Performing Arts

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