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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
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening / Weekend): 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
ECPI University - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program 95.6% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening / Weekend) 87.8% 2013 to 2018
John Tyler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
Southside College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2018
Fortis College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.6% 2010 to 2018
ECPI University - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2010 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.2% 2011 to 2018

Hampton Roads

Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Rappahannock Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Riverside College of Health Careers
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2009 to 2018
Rappahannock Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
Tidewater Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2018
Fortis College - Norfolk
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2010 to 2018
ECPI University - Newport News
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2009 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Centra College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2018

Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Virginia Western Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Roanoke
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2017 to 2018

Washington, DC suburbs

Northern Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online): 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northern Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 92.7% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2009 to 2018
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2013 to 2018
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to 2018
Eastern Virginia Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2014 to 2018
Global Health College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.5% 2009 to 2018

Other Virginia cities

Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science: Practical Nursing Specialization: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Wytheville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Patrick Henry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
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 95.7% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2011 to 2018
New River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2018
Germanna Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2013 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2018
Lord Fairfax Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2018
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2010 to 2018
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2018
Wytheville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2009 to 2018
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
Patrick Henry Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2009 to 2018
Paul D. Camp Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2009 to 2018
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