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Virginia Nursing Schools
(found programs from 35 schools)

State Nursing Board: Virginia Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Virginia Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association


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The field of health care has always been a fairly large part of the American economy. However, in recent years, it's become even more important. As employers and care providers try to keep up with the demand created by the Affordable Care Act, the need for health care professionals is at an all-time high. In Virginia, the need for nurses is particularly significant. Nurses can meet the health care needs of rural citizens in an affordable and sensible way.

Discover what nursing programs in Virginia can offer you and how to get started by contacting the nursing schools listed below.

Looking at graduating class sizes makes it clear that nurses are in high demand in Virginia. Many schools have been increasing the amount of nursing students they take on, creating a larger pool of employees for health care employers. At one local school, their largest combined nursing class just graduated.

The job market is purported to be strong for nursing graduates. A study conducted by a local school showed that 75% of their nursing graduates had job offers prior to graduation. This can help you avoid a time-consuming job search and put off earning an income after school.

Nursing Education in Virginia

If you're trying to figure out which nursing program is right for your needs, you're not alone. There are many types of nursing degrees, and it's important to spend some time finding the proper program for you. Many students opt to complete a Bachelor's degree in nursing, which requires eight semesters of study. You can also become a registered nurse by earning an Associate's degree. LPN programs typically only last one year.

Nursing curricula tend to be in-depth and rigorous, as you may have to work independently at times. When you first begin your education, you may take classes like Concepts of Nursing, Health Assessment in Nursing Practice, Technologies of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology.

Virginia students may have access to different scholarships, grants, and loan programs to cover the cost of education. The Virginia Hospital Center has a large nursing student scholarship program. Through the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority, you can look into scholarships and loan repayment programs. Another state resource for nursing students is the Virginia Department of Health.

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Working as a Nurse in Virginia

Virginia has strict nursing standards, which is a benefit for those who want to truly thrive in health care and make their professionalism known. The Virginia Senate just passed a bill that requires nursing license applicants to pass a federal background check.

The final step you must complete before starting your nursing career is getting your nursing license. The Virginia Board of Nursing is the licensing agency in this state. You must prove your skills via an exam and proof of educational achievement before you are awarded a license.

As an aspiring licensed practical nurse, you may find many employment benefits in Virginia. From 2012 through 2022, O*Net reports an expected 27% increase in LPN jobs. Licensed practical nurses in Virginia earn an average salary of $41,190 per year (BLS, 2015).

Registered nurses are also in high demand, with an expected 13% jump in job openings by 2022 (O*Net, 2012). Across the state, the average RN salary is $65,340 per year (BLS, 2015).

Are you ready to jump into an exciting new field? Make your move now and contact nursing schools in Virginia from those listed below to learn more about your options.

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Virginia include Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, CJW Medical Center - Chippenham Campus, Central Virginia Training Center, Henrico Doctors' Hospital - Forest Campus, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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MSN Programs from Virginia Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Virginia.

Online MSN Programs

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Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Program Name: MSN - Nursing Leadership and Management (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Program Name: Advanced Clinical Nursing Concentration, Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration, MSN/MBA, Nurse Educator Concentration (online), Nurse Practitioner Track, Nursing Administration Concentration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Hampton University (Hampton, VA)
Program Name: Administration, Advanced Adult Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Community Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Jefferson College of Health Sciences (Roanoke, VA)
Program Name: Nursing Education, Nursing Management
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
Program Name: Community Health CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Liberty University Online (Online)
Program Name: Nurse Educator (M.S.N.) (online), Nursing Administration (M.S.N.) (online)
Marymount University (Arlington, VA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator (online), Nurse Leader (online), Nurse Midwifery (in partnership with Shenandoah University), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health (CNS NP or CNS/NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University (Glen Allen, VA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner - Richmond, Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization (RN-MSN) (Richmond)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Program Name: Acute and Specialty Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL), Community and Public Health Leadership Program (online), Community and Public Health Leadership Program with combined Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner preparation, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Health Systems Management Track, MSN/MBA, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, Community Health Nursing and Public Health (Dual Degree), Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration & Leadership, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited, ACEN accredited

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