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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Many students may consider a nursing career but feel intimidated by the duration and cost of pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Vocational, career, and community colleges provide a good alternative, with shorter courses and more flexible programs of study.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can gain licensure in a matter of one to two years by completing a certificate program and passing the NCLEX-PN exam. Registered nurses (RNs) can pursue a slightly lengthier associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program. After two to three years of study, ADN graduates may gain licensure by passing the NCLEX-RN exam. Several Virginia schools, such as J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, offer a specific LPN-to-RN bridge program; a few schools even offer this course online. These alternative class options – online, evening, and part-time – create flexibility to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds and professional demands.

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Because of the short duration of these vocational programs, LPNs and RNs can enter the workplace very quickly. They can look forward to competitive salaries as well: the state’s LPNs earn about $40,000 per year on average, while its RNs hold a median annual salary of $62,750. Newly minted nurses are in demand at many of Virginia’s top hospitals and medical institutions. These include nationally ranked hospitals like Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Virginia has about 75 vocational, career, and community college campuses with nursing degree and certificate programs. To help aspiring nurses sort through the options, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of these nursing schools, organized by major city.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

Asher Comprehensive Training Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centura College - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chester Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesterfield Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
John Tyler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Asher Comprehensive Training Center Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centura College - Richmond Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chester Career College Chester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesterfield Technical Center Chesterfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Richmond Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
John Tyler Community College Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
Petersburg City Public Schools Petersburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Mary's Hospital Henrico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside College of Health Sciences Petersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Hampton Roads

Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centura College - Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tidewater Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central School of Practical Nursing Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centura College - Norfolk Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology Chesapeake
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Norfolk Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns Glenns
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Hampton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle Williamsburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tidewater Community College Portsmouth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing Virginia Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lynchburg

Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centra College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing Bedford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Centra College of Nursing Lynchburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Roanoke

Patrick Henry Community College - Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Patrick Henry Community College - Franklin Rocky Mount
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Washington, DC suburbs

Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everest College - Tysons Corner
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Global Health College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prince William County Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Standard Healthcare Services
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Star College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ultimate Health School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Alexandria City Public Schools Alexandria
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia College Fairfax
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Virginia Career College Fredericksburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everest College - Tysons Corner Vienna
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Global Health College Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier Warrenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing Leesburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Virginia Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Online)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prince William County Public Schools Manassas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Michael College of Allied Health Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center Spotsylvania
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Standard Healthcare Services Falls Church
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Star College Falls Church
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ultimate Health School Manassas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Virginia cities

Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Buchanan County Technology and Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Rockbridge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Germanna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Giles County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massanutten Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Page County Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Paul D Camp Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rappahannock Community College - Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Russell County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Smyth County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southampton Memorial Hospital
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Farmville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tazewell County Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Valley Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Washington County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wytheville Community College - Galax
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)
School City Programs offered
Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Blue Ridge Job Corps Center Marion
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Buchanan County Technology and Career Center Grundy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge Clifton Forge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Rockbridge Lexington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Danville Community College Danville
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern Shore Community College Melfa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Germanna Community College Locust Grove
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Giles County Technology Center Pearisburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lee County Career & Technical Center Ben Hur
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massanutten Technical Center Harrisonburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New River Community College Dublin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Page County Technical Center Shenandoah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville Martinsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Paul D Camp Community College Franklin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)
Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rappahannock Community College - Warsaw Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Russell County Career & Technology Center Lebanon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Smyth County School of Practical Nursing Marion
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southampton Memorial Hospital Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta Alberta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City Chase City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Farmville Farmville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville Keysville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston South Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tazewell County Career and Technical Center Richlands
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Valley Career and Technical Center Fishersville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program Abingdon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Washington County School of Practical Nursing Abingdon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Fishersville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wytheville Community College - Galax Galax
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville Wytheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (LPN Bridge)