The southwestern U.S. state Nevada contains a variety of colleges and universities that offer psychiatry programs on various certification and degree levels. Students who want to study psychiatry must complete a master’s and/or Ph.D. program to assist psychiatrists or treat patients with mental disorders. The programs prepare students not only to treat patients with mental illnesses such as, depression, post-traumatic stress and other disorders; but to help patients with promoting a healthy lifestyle through counseling or mediations. The most populous cities in Nevada to attend psychiatry schools is Las Vegas, followed by Reno, and Henderson. Some of the higher learning educational institutions to consider are the University of Nevada, Nevada State College, Roseman University of Health Science and the College of Southern Nevada.
The journey to study psychiatry begins with a certificate or undergraduate program. It can begin at a two year college or four year university. Nevada has community colleges and universities that offer certificate, associate, bachelor, master, specialist and doctorate psychiatry programs. A certificate program can be completed within nine to twelve months and an associate program can be completed within two years. To receive a bachelor degree a student must complete four years of undergraduate study.
Students who have set goals to practice as a psychiatrist must complete master and doctorate programs. In Nevada, to practice as a psychiatrist a medical degree and residency program must also be completed. The professional have to pass the State Medical Board exam to practice as a licensed doctor.
The employment opportunities in Nevada is low compared to other populous U.S. states. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics estimated fifty (50) licensed psychiatrists in the state (May 2012). Graduates with a certificate, associate or bachelor degree are employed as psychiatrist aids and technicians. Although hospitals, clinics and psychiatrists hire aids and technicians there is no statistical data pertaining to estimated wage mean and employment. Licensed Psychiatrists can earn up $165,000 yearly working with industries including community hospitals, court systems, school systems and mental health centers.