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Virginia’s healthcare providers value competence, confidence, and well-rounded experience in their nurses. A quality education places aspiring nurses in good standing to meet these demands. Students should therefore not be deterred by the costs of a nursing degree or certificate program, but rather thoroughly explore their options.

Nursing education carries several important costs. The most significant factor is tuition, which varies significantly by school and program type. Aspiring nurses should also budget several other smaller costs, including books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and everyday living expenses.

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As noted above, the cost of tuition depends heavily on program type. Shorter certificate programs, which prepare students as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs), are generally more affordable. Lengthier degree programs, like a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), require significantly greater investment. Within each level of licensure, tuition also varies by type of institution. Public colleges and universities are funded by the state of Virginia, and they therefore offer subsidized education to residents. Nursing programs in private universities are more expensive, but they often carry an added level of prestige.

The further you pursue your education, the higher your return on investment. CNAs in Virginia earn an average of $23,380 per year. That figure increases to $39,390 for the state’s LPNs. Registered nurses command an average annual salary of $62,750, while BSN-educated nurses typically earn top-quartile pay of over $74,000. Nurses with master’s degrees in critical specializations, like midwifery and anesthesia, can earn annual compensation of well over $100,000.

While a nursing education can be costly, Virginia’s variety of programs ensures that you’ll find a school well-suited to your needs. We’ve listed below some of the state’s top nursing schools in order of cost.

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Greater Richmond metro area

Chester Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $19,450, books and supplies $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Chester Career College Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 months $19,450

Hampton Roads

Riverside College of Health Careers
Associate's Degree in Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $25,500, books and supplies $1,292, room and board $21,645
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $12,750, books and supplies $513
Central School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $6,580, books and supplies $2,020, room and board $9,900
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $4,781, books and supplies $1,156, room and board $15,318
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Riverside College of Health Careers Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 months $25,500
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $12,750
Central School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 months $6,580
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 months $4,781

Washington, DC suburbs

Eastern Virginia Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $30,875, books and supplies $1,500
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $24,500, books and supplies $120
Global Health College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $27,027, books and supplies $1,425
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $16,529, books and supplies $864, room and board $18,421
Nurse Aide Certificate (1-month program): tuition and fees $725, books and supplies $151
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Eastern Virginia Career College Associate's Degree in Nursing 15 months $30,875
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 months $24,500
Global Health College Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 months $27,027
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 months $16,529
Nurse Aide Certificate 1 months $725

Other Virginia cities

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
Nurse Aide Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $8,968, books and supplies $648
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Nurse Aide Certificate 6 months $8,968