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Aspiring nurses who want an intimate and personalized education should strongly consider Virginia’s private colleges and universities. Over 30 private schools have Virginia campuses with nursing programs, including prestigious institutions like George Washington University, Hampton University, Marymount University, and Shenandoah University. The state’s private schools offer a breadth of nursing programs to prepare certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Apart from small class sizes and lower student-to-teacher ratios, students at private nursing schools benefit from a large network of resources and an innovative, state-of-the-art curriculum. The school’s prestige will aid graduates in their job search, as they can heavily leverage the loyal alumnae base. A private school education also bolsters one’s chances of successfully applying to a graduate nursing program at a later date.

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Graduates of Virginia’s private nursing programs can seek employment with the state’s top medical institutions. Regionally ranked hospitals include Martha Jefferson Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, and Sentara RMH Medical Center. Degrees and certificates from private schools will also carry significant weight outside the state should nurses choose to pursue employment elsewhere.

To help Virginia’s aspiring CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and APRNs, we’ve identified the top private nursing schools throughout the state. You’ll find them listed below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chester Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Randolph-Macon College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South University - Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond North Chesterfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chester Career College Chester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Richmond Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Richmond Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Randolph-Macon College Ashland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South University - Richmond Glen Allen
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southside College of Health Sciences Colonial Heights
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Hampton Roads

Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Centura College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hampton University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Occupational Health Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Sentara College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Newport News
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Centura College Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Newport News Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Virginia Beach Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Norfolk Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hampton University Hampton
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Occupational Health Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Virginia Beach Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Newport News Newport News
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Liberty University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Centra College of Nursing Lynchburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Liberty University Lynchburg
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg Lynchburg
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Roanoke

ECPI University - Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
ECPI University - Roanoke Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Washington, DC suburbs

America School of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Marymount University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medical Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stratford University - Alexandria
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Falls Church
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ultimate Health School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
School City Programs offered
America School of Nursing & Allied Health Woodbridge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College Vienna
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Eastern Virginia Career College Fredericksburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ECPI University - Northern Virginia Manassas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus Ashburn
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Global Health College Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Marymount University Arlington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medical Learning Center Fairfax
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Saint Michael College of Allied Health Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing Falls Church
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stratford University - Alexandria Alexandria
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Falls Church Falls Church
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge Woodbridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ultimate Health School Manassas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate

Other Virginia cities

Averett University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medical Solutions Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Shenandoah University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Averett University Danville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College Bluefield
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University Staunton
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medical Solutions Academy Danville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Shenandoah University Winchester
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion