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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.

Featured Schools

Washington, DC suburbs nursing schools by NCLEX score

Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Drive | Springfield, Virginia 22150
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online): 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Eastern Virginia Career College
10304 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 400 | Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
6480 College Street | Warrenton, Virginia 22186
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Marymount University
2807 North Glebe Road | Arlington, Virginia 22207
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • 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
Standard Healthcare Services
1073 West Broad Street, Suite 201 | Falls Church, Virginia 22046
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Prince William County Public Schools
8909 Euclid Avenue | Manassas, Virginia 20111
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Global Health College
25 South Quaker Lane, First Floor | Alexandria, Virginia 22314
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
George Washington University - Virginia Science and Technology Campus
45085 University Drive | Ashburn, Virginia 20147
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
10021 Balls Ford Road, Suite 100 | Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
6815 Edsall Road | Springfield, Virginia 22151
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
George Mason University
4400 University Drive | Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
6713 Smith Station Road | Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
2450 Crystal Drive | Arlington, Virginia 22202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
715 Children's Center Road SW | Leesburg, Virginia 20175
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
8305 Richmond Highway, Suite 10A | Alexandria, Virginia 22309
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Alexandria City Public Schools
3330 King Street | Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Everest College - Tysons Corner
8620 Westwood Center Drive | Vienna, Virginia 22182
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Ultimate Health School
7839 Ashton Avenue | Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Stratford University - Falls Church
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100-S | Falls Church, Virginia 22043
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.6% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Star College
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 450 | Falls Church, Virginia 22041
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Columbia College
8300 Merrifield Avenue, Suite 3F | Fairfax, Virginia 22031
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shenandoah University - Northern Virginia
44160 Scholar Plaza, Suite 100 | Leesburg, Virginia 20176
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge
14349 Gideon Drive | Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
  • 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
Northern Virginia Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 92.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Eastern Virginia Career College Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Marymount University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 94.3% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
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
Standard Healthcare Services Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Prince William County Public Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Global Health College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
George Washington University - Virginia Science and Technology Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Northern Virginia Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
George Mason University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2012
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Alexandria City Public Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Everest College - Tysons Corner Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Ultimate Health School Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Stratford University - Falls Church Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.6% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Star College Certificate in Practical Nursing 36.4% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Columbia College Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shenandoah University - Northern Virginia Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Mary Washington RN-to-BSN Degree Completion