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Roanoke’s prospective nurses can pursue one of three major nursing roles. All nursing roles will experience faster-than-average employment growth over the coming decade. However, there are important differences in job scope, education requirements, and compensation.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistant is the most junior nursing role. To become a CNA, students must complete a brief certificate program and sit for a state-administered examination to obtain licensure. CNAs in Roanoke, Virginia, earn roughly $22,500 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses assist patients with everyday tasks. They work under the supervision of more senior registered nurses. Virginia’s aspiring LPNs typically complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program before taking the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Roanoke’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $39,300.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses form the majority of the nursing industry. In the Roanoke metro area, there are over 4,000 RNs currently employed. They carry significant independent responsibilities like administering medication and coordinating patient care schedules. The most popular RN education pathways are the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Candidates in either program must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at the conclusion of their studies. Roanoke’s RNs earn an average salary of roughly $57,000 per year.

Regardless of role, Roanoke’s nurses are in high demand. Carilion Clinic and Lewis-Gale Medical Center are just two of the major local healthcare employers seeking to hire new nurses.

To help Roanoke’s prospective nurses launch their careers, we have compiled below a complete list of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Roanoke nursing schools by NCLEX score

Radford University - Roanoke
108 North Jefferson Street | Roanoke, Virginia 24016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Avenue SE | Roanoke, Virginia 24013
  • 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)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Avenue SW | Roanoke, Virginia 24015
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Roanoke
5234 Airport Road NW, Suite 200 | Roanoke, Virginia 24012
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
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
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Western Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Roanoke Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2017 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2018