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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.

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Greater Richmond metro area

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening / Weekend): 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
South University - Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
ECPI University - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Randolph-Macon College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.8% 2013 to 2018
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program 95.6% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program (Evening / Weekend) 87.8% 2013 to 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2009 to 2018
John Tyler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
Southside College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2018
South University - Richmond
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2013 to 2018
Fortis College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.6% 2010 to 2018
ECPI University - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2010 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.2% 2011 to 2018
Randolph-Macon College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hampton Roads

Norfolk State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Sentara College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Rappahannock Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
South University - Virginia Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Hampton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Stratford University - Newport News
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2016 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 80.4% 2009 to 2018
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2018
Direct Entry MSN
Riverside College of Health Careers
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2009 to 2018
Rappahannock Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2018
Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2018
Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
Tidewater Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2018
Fortis College - Norfolk
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2010 to 2018
ECPI University - Newport News
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2009 to 2018
South University - Virginia Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.6% 2014 to 2018
Hampton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.5% 2009 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Stratford University - Newport News
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lynchburg

Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
University of Lynchburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2009 to 2018
University of Lynchburg
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Centra College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2018

Roanoke

Radford University - Roanoke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • 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)
Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 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
Virginia Western Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Roanoke
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2017 to 2018

Washington, DC suburbs

George Mason University
  • 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)
Northern Virginia Community College
  • 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
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Marymount University
  • 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)
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Stratford University - Falls Church
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Stratford University - Alexandria
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
George Mason University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2015 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
Northern Virginia Community College
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
George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2011 to 2018
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2013 to 2018
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to 2018
Eastern Virginia Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.5% 2013 to 2018
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2014 to 2018
Stratford University - Falls Church
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2013 to 2018
Global Health College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.5% 2009 to 2018
Stratford University - Alexandria
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Virginia cities

Danville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
University of Virginia
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
James Madison University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Radford University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Longwood University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Eastern Mennonite University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Averett University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Wytheville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Shenandoah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Patrick Henry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
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
Danville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2011 to 2018
University of Virginia
Direct Entry MSN 94.0% 2009 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2009 to 2018
James Madison University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
New River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2018
Germanna Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2013 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2018
Radford University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2018
Longwood University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2013 to 2018
Lord Fairfax Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2018
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Eastern Mennonite University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2010 to 2018
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2018
Averett University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2016 to 2018
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2018
Wytheville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2009 to 2018
Shenandoah University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2018
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009 to 2018
Patrick Henry Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2009 to 2018
Paul D. Camp Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2009 to 2018
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