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Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the majority of the nursing workforce. The U.S. is home to more than 2.7 million RNs, and this population is expected to increase by 19 percent in the next decade. In Virginia alone, there are more than 60,000 licensed RNs. Thanks to faster-than-average job growth, registered nursing is an attractive career option for aspiring healthcare workers.

Virginia’s nursing pathways
Joining the RN workforce begins with the right education. In Virginia, an aspiring registered nurse can pursue one of four pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). The vast majority of Virginia’s 80 prelicensure RN programs fall into the ADN and BSN categories. Associate’s degrees require two years of study, while a prelicensure bachelor’s degree takes four years to complete. All pathways prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). However, it is important to note that RNs with a BSN degree have an advantage over their ADN counterparts with many potential employers.

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Career outlook for Virginia’s RNs
Upon graduation, RNs have the skills needed to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Virginia has major nursing employers across the state, including large local hospitals like Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and statewide providers like the Department of Veterans Affairs. Regardless of the environment, all RNs work to provide and coordinate patient care. For their hard work and dedication, Virginia’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $62,750. Those with BSN degrees will typically receive pay in excess of $74,000 per year.

To help those interested in a registered nursing career, we have compiled a detailed list of Virginia’s prelicensure RN programs. You’ll find them grouped below by major city and ordered by their students’ recent NCLEX scores.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online): 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Richmond West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
South University - Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 100.0% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University
Direct Entry MSN 100.0% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
John Tyler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online) 97.4% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Richmond West
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2010 to 2012
South University - Richmond
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 63.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013

Hampton Roads

Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Diploma in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Sentara College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Norfolk State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Hampton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 67.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
South University - Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Riverside College of Health Careers
Diploma in Nursing 92.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Tidewater Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Norfolk
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.1% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Newport News
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 59.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Hampton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 67.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
South University - Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lynchburg

Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lynchburg College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lynchburg College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Centra College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013

Roanoke

Radford University - Roanoke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Radford University - Roanoke
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia Western Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Washington, DC suburbs

Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Marymount University
  • 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)
Northern Virginia Community College
  • 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)
Standard Healthcare Services
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
George Washington University - Virginia Science and Technology Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Everest College - Tysons Corner
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Stratford University - Falls Church
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.6% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Shenandoah University - Northern Virginia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Virginia Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 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
Northern Virginia Community College
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
Standard Healthcare Services
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Global Health College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
George Washington University - Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
George Mason University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Everest College - Tysons Corner
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Stratford University - Falls Church
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.6% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Shenandoah University - Northern Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stratford University - Woodbridge
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Virginia cities

University of Virginia
  • Direct Entry MSN: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
James Madison University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
Eastern Mennonite University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Radford University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Shenandoah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Paul D Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge): 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Danville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Longwood University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 56.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Averett University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Virginia
Direct Entry MSN 95.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
James Madison University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Germanna Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
New River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 84.2% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Eastern Mennonite University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Radford University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Shenandoah University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.5% 2008 to 2017
Paul D Camp Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge) 82.9% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Danville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Longwood University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 56.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Averett University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing