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As the U.S. healthcare industry grows more complex, registered nurses (RNs) need enhanced skills to deliver quality healthcare. RNs with just an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a hospital diploma may be at a disadvantage. This is particularly true in hiring and promotion decisions, since many employers prioritize nurses who hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Fortunately, working nurses can pursue their baccalaureate education by enrolling in an RN-to-BSN program.

Profile of the RN-to-BSN program
RN-to-BSN programs provide a streamlined path to a bachelor’s degree by crediting students for their prior coursework and experience. These degree completion programs typically last two years; several schools offer accelerated or shorter programs. The University of Virginia, for example, offers a 21-month RN-to-BSN part-time program, which allows students to continue working full-time while earning their degree.

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Career outlook for RNs with a BSN degree
Nurses with a BSN degree can access a much broader range of job opportunities, including administrative and managerial positions. Demand for these BSN-educated nurses will significantly exceed supply, making higher education a strategic move for nurses already in the workforce. Virginia’s major healthcare providers, from University of Virginia Medical Center to Inova Fairfax Hospital, are always recruiting nurses with advanced degrees. While the state’s RNs typically earn $62,750 per year, BSN-educated nurses can expect a significant pay raise: most earn $74,000 or more annually.

To help Virginia’s registered nurses further their education and careers, we’ve profiled below several of the state’s top RN-to-BSN programs.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 1100 | Richmond, Virginia 23227
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
8141 Hull Street Road | North Chesterfield, Virginia 23235
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Commonwealth University
1100 East Leigh Street | Richmond, Virginia 23298
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 1100
Richmond, Virginia 23227
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond 8141 Hull Street Road
North Chesterfield, Virginia 23235
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Virginia Commonwealth University 1100 East Leigh Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Hampton Roads

ECPI University - Newport News
1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200 | Newport News, Virginia 23606
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University
100 East Queen Street | Hampton, Virginia 23668
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue | Norfolk, Virginia 23504
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Old Dominion University
1881 University Drive | Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sentara College of Health Sciences
1441 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 105 | Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
ECPI University - Newport News 1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200
Newport News, Virginia 23606
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hampton University 100 East Queen Street
Hampton, Virginia 23668
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Old Dominion University 1881 University Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sentara College of Health Sciences 1441 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 105
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A | Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Liberty University
1971 University Boulevard | Lynchburg, Virginia 24515
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg
1501 Lakeside Drive | Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Address Programs offered
Centra College of Nursing 905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Liberty University 1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, Virginia 24515
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Lynchburg 1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Roanoke

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Avenue SE | Roanoke, Virginia 24013
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Jefferson College of Health Sciences 101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24013
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Washington, DC suburbs

George Mason University
4400 University Drive | Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marymount University
2807 North Glebe Road | Arlington, Virginia 22207
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue | Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
George Mason University 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marymount University 2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia 22207
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mary Washington 1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Virginia cities

Averett University
420 West Main Street | Danville, Virginia 24541
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College
3000 College Drive | Bluefield, Virginia 24605
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road | Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
James Madison University
235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way | Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Longwood University
201 High Street, Suite 200 | Farmville, Virginia 23909
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University
101 East Frederick Street | Staunton, Virginia 24401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radford University
801 East Main Street | Radford, Virginia 24142
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive | Winchester, Virginia 22601
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way | Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise
One College Avenue | Wise, Virginia 24293
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Averett University 420 West Main Street
Danville, Virginia 24541
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield College 3000 College Drive
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Mennonite University 1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
James Madison University 235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Longwood University 201 High Street, Suite 200
Farmville, Virginia 23909
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mary Baldwin University 101 East Frederick Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radford University 801 East Main Street
Radford, Virginia 24142
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shenandoah University 1460 University Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia 225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Virginia's College at Wise One College Avenue
Wise, Virginia 24293
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion