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Registered nurses (RNs) are the backbone of the nursing workforce, and they earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare industry. Entering this profession is a strategic career move, since RNs will experience above-average employment growth for at least the next decade. Aspiring RNs must complete at least an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing in Virginia.

Overview of the ADN program
The two most common pathways to RN licensure are the ADN and the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The primary difference between the two is duration of study. Those seeking a rapid path to nursing employment may find the ADN pathway more suitable, since it requires just two years of fulltime study. Virginia has approximately fifty state-approved ADN programs. Several community colleges (CCs) have annual graduating classes well over 100 students, including Northern Virginia CC in Springfield and J. Sargeant Reynolds CC in Richmond. ECPI University also offers a large, private ADN program with strong NCLEX pass rates at campuses in several major cities.

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Employment prospects for Virginia’s RNs
Virginia’s 60,000 registered nurses work with major healthcare providers across the state, including University of Virginia Medical Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. The state’s typical RN earns about $62,750 per year. Top performers can receive over $74,000 in annual pay.

If you would like to become an RN in Virginia, finding the right school is the first step. We’ve profiled below each of the state’s approved ADN programs. You’ll find them grouped by metro area and ordered by their students’ performance on the NCLEX exam.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online): 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Richmond West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Virginia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 100.0% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
John Tyler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 97.4% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Richmond West
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2010 to 2012
Virginia State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 63.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013

Hampton Roads

Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Norfolk State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tidewater Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Norfolk
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Newport News
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Norfolk State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 59.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Centra College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013

Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Virginia Western Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Washington, DC suburbs

Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Northern Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online): 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Standard Healthcare Services
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Everest College - Tysons Corner
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Virginia Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Northern Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 92.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Standard Healthcare Services
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Global Health College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Everest College - Tysons Corner
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Virginia cities

Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Paul D Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Danville Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Germanna Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
New River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 84.2% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Paul D Camp Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 82.9% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Mountain Empire Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing