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As the U.S. healthcare industry grows more complex, nurses find their job scopes broadening. It therefore behooves aspiring nurses to pursue a rigorous degree program in preparation for their career. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has called for 80 percent of registered nurses (RNs) to hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) by 2020.

Overview of the BSN program
A traditional prelicensure BSN program requires four years of study to complete. Existing RNs who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or hospital diploma may opt instead for the shorter RN-to-BSN degree completion program. Virginia has approximately 30 prelicensure BSN programs and a plethora of RN-to-BSN options. The state’s most popular BSN programs are offered at public universities – including George Mason, James Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth – as well as private religious colleges like Liberty, Marymount, and Shenandoah Universities. Graduates from any of these top-notch BSN programs will enjoy a leg up with prospective employers across the state.

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Virginia’s RN employment
Virginia’s 60,000 RNs earn a median annual salary of $62,750. However, those with BSN degrees frequently earn top-quartile pay of $74,140 or more per year. The BSN also enables faster career progression, since many administrative and managerial roles require this degree. Finally, BSN-educated nurses can later pursue a master’s degree to enter advanced practice roles that pay $90,000 to $150,000 per year, depending on specialization.

To help Virginia’s nursing students understand all of their options, we have compiled below a detailed list of the state’s BSN programs. This list includes both prelicensure and RN-to-BSN pathways.

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Greater Richmond metro area

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Randolph-Macon College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.8% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Richmond
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2013 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Randolph-Macon College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hampton Roads

Norfolk State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sentara College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Hampton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Newport News
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stratford University - Newport News
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2016 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 80.4% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2018
Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.6% 2014 to 2018
Hampton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.5% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Newport News
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stratford University - Newport News
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lynchburg

Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Centra College of Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Centra College of Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Roanoke

Radford University - Roanoke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Radford University - Roanoke
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2013 to 2018
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 92.5% 2013 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Washington, DC suburbs

George Mason University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stratford University - Woodbridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Marymount University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Chamberlain University - Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Stratford University - Falls Church
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Stratford University - Alexandria
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Washington
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
George Mason University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2015 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stratford University - Woodbridge
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2014 to 2018
Marymount University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 92.1% 2010 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2011 to 2018
Chamberlain University - Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.5% 2013 to 2018
Stratford University - Falls Church
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2013 to 2018
Stratford University - Alexandria
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Washington
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Virginia cities

James Madison University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radford University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Longwood University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Averett University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shenandoah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
James Madison University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radford University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Longwood University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Averett University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2016 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shenandoah University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion