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St. Mary's Hospital, Supplemental Health Care, Riverside Health System – all are major healthcare providers in the DC suburbs of Virginia, and all are currently looking for experienced nurses. More than 70,000 nurses are employed in the DC metro area. Recent advances in the healthcare industry, coupled with an aging U.S. population, will ensure that this talent pool continues to grow.

Overview of nursing programs
The four critical nursing roles are certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). All are attractive career choices, although each carries different education requirements, scope of practice, and compensation. For example, to become a CNA, students must complete an eight- to ten-week certificate program and pass a state-administered exam. Aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Virginia’s RNs can pursue one of four education pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree. All pathways conclude with the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. Finally, APRNs must conduct graduate study which focuses on research and advanced practice in a particular specialization.

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Nursing salaries at a glance
Nursing assistants in the DC area can expect to earn roughly $28,000 per year, while local LPNs receive more than $48,000 annually. The city’s RNs take home close to $75,000 per year on average. APRNs are paid the most of any nursing role; depending on field of specialization, they earn anywhere from $87,000 to $180,000 per year.

To help the area’s aspiring nurses, we have profiled below each of the accredited nursing schools in the DC suburbs of Virginia.

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Washington, DC suburbs nursing schools by NCLEX score

Eastern Virginia Career College
10304 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 400 | Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
George Mason University
4400 University Drive | Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • 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)
  • 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
Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Drive | Springfield, Virginia 22150
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • 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)
Stratford University - Woodbridge
14349 Gideon Drive | Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Marymount University
2807 North Glebe Road | Arlington, Virginia 22207
  • 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)
  • 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
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
45085 University Drive, Suite 200 | Ashburn, Virginia 20147
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
8909 Euclid Avenue | Manassas, Virginia 20111
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
7704 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1000 | Falls Church, Virginia 22043
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
10021 Balls Ford Road, Suite 100 | Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
8305 Richmond Highway, Suite 10A | Alexandria, Virginia 22309
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Global Health College
6101 Stevenson Avenue | Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
42075 Loudoun Academy Drive | Leesburg, Virginia 20175
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
6815 Edsall Road | Springfield, Virginia 22151
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
2450 Crystal Drive, Suite 319 | Arlington, Virginia 22202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Ultimate Health School
7839 Ashton Avenue | Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
America School of Nursing & Allied Health
14910 Jefferson Davis Highway | Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Stratford University - Falls Church
7777 Leesburg Pike | Falls Church, Virginia 22043
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Medical Learning Center
2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 400 | Fairfax, Virginia 22031
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2015)
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Columbia College
8620 Westwood Center Drive | Vienna, Virginia 22182
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Stratford University - Alexandria
2900 Eisenhower Avenue | Alexandria, Virginia 22314
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue | Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Virginia Career College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
George Mason University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2015 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
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
Northern Virginia Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.4% 2013 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 92.7% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2009 to 2018
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
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
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2011 to 2018
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2018
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2013 to 2018
ECPI University - Northern Virginia Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.3% 2013 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2014 to 2018
Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to 2018
Global Health College Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.6% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.5% 2009 to 2018
Nurse Aide Certificate
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.8% 2009 to 2018
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to 2018
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.5% 2013 to 2018
Ultimate Health School Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.7% 2009 to 2018
Nurse Aide Certificate
America School of Nursing & Allied Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.1% 2015 to 2018
Stratford University - Falls Church Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2013 to 2018
Medical Learning Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 60.9% 2009 to 2015
Nurse Aide Certificate
Columbia College Nurse Aide Certificate
Stratford University - Alexandria Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Washington RN-to-BSN Degree Completion