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Virginia’s public colleges and universities are a cost-effective option for state residents to pursue nursing education. Since public institutions are funded by the state government, students receive top-notch instruction, often in state-of-the-art facilities. Nursing students who live in Virginia need not worry about taking out hefty loans, because tuition is subsidized for state residents.

Public institutions like Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Virginia, and Virginia State University typically have larger enrollments than private schools. This provides students access to a wide array of resources and connections. Larger class sizes also allow for nursing candidates to learn from their peers and forge relationships with future colleagues in the state.

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Enrolling in a state college or university can also enhance one’s long-term career trajectory. The savings from pursuing public education can be used to fund graduate study, such as a master’s degree in nursing practice, anesthesia, or midwifery. These advanced practice registered nurses earn tens of thousands of dollars in additional pay, often upwards of $100,000 annually.

Virginia is home to a number of large hospitals that employ nurses, including Virginia Hospital Center, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, and Maryview Medical Center. There are also numerous small clinics and healthcare centers that are keen to hire graduates of the state’s high-quality public schools.

To learn more about Virginia’s public nursing schools, scroll down below. You’ll find a complete list of the state’s public colleges and universities with nursing programs, organized by major metropolitan area.

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Greater Richmond metro area

Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening/Weekend)
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Chesterfield Career & Technical Center North Chesterfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing Henrico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening/Weekend)
John Tyler Community College Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Petersburg City Public Schools Petersburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Hampton Roads

Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Norfolk State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rappahannock Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central School of Practical Nursing Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake Career Center Chesapeake
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Norfolk State University Norfolk
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Old Dominion University Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rappahannock Community College Glenns
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle Williamsburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tidewater Community College Portsmouth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing Virginia Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lynchburg

Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing Bedford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Roanoke

Radford University - Roanoke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Radford University - Roanoke Roanoke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Washington, DC suburbs

Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George Mason University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Mary Washington
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George Mason University Fairfax
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy Leesburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Virginia Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing Manassas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Virginia cities

Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science: Practical Nursing Specialization
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Giles County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
James Madison University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Longwood University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massanutten Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Page County Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patrick Henry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Radford University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Russell County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Smyth Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valley Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Wytheville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center Grundy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Community College Danville
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science: Practical Nursing Specialization
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern Shore Community College Melfa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Germanna Community College Locust Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Giles County Technology Center Pearisburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
James Madison University Harrisonburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lee County Career & Technical Center Ben Hur
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Longwood University Farmville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massanutten Technical Center Harrisonburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New River Community College Dublin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Page County Technical Center Luray
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Paul D. Camp Community College Franklin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Radford University Radford
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program Clintwood
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Russell County Career & Technology Center Lebanon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Smyth Career & Technology Center Marion
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Virginia Charlottesville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valley Career & Technical Center Fishersville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program Abingdon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Washington County Career & Technical Education Center Abingdon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Fishersville
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Wytheville Community College Wytheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing