Nurses are crucial to primary care and the conservation of patient resources in the state of Virginia. Many recent changes in Virginia healthcare have resulted in a nursing shortage in hospitals statewide while at the same time, nurses are filling higher roles in providing health care services across the state. Registered nurses are encouraged to expand their knowledge of their practice as the responsibilities of nurses increase. With increasing shortages in the nursing industry, now is a better time than ever to become a registered nurse or seek out higher education in the state of Virginia.

In our Virginia RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Virginia RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Virginia, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Virginia RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 28 24
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 83.57% 87.31%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 44.54% to 100.00% 72.13% to 98.27%
Average Net Price $10,017.22 $19,114.09
Average Net Price Range $1,946.00 to $41,243.00 $10,914.00 to $27,941.00
Average Student Loan $8,349.00 $19,842.74
Average Student Loan Range $3,500.00 to $23,125.00 $9,500.00 to $38,750.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Virginia

Best Ranked RN Programs in VirginiaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Virginia and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 25 ADN degree programs and 22 BSN degree programs in Virginia. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Virginia to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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100.00 ADN Danville Community College 1 1 Danville Public Campus See School Details
97.62 ADN Southside Virginia Community College 2 36 Alberta Public Campus ACEN See School Details
97.31 ADN John Tyler Community College 3 40 Chester

John Tyler Community College is located in Chester, Virginia.  They offer an ADN degree with two tracks.  The traditional track has classroom time Monday through Friday, with clinical experiences that may be days, evenings and/or weekends.  The Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET) is delivered online, with occasional participation on-campus.  Clinical experiences are still days, evenings and/or weekends.

Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
95.80 ADN Rappahannock Community College 4 73 Glenns

Rappahannock Community College is located in Glenns, Virginia.  They offer an ADN program that is completed in five semesters. They also have recently offered an advanced placement option for LPNs.  RCC broke ground in 1970 and opened its doors in 1971.

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95.31 ADN Tidewater Community College 5 91 Norfolk Public Campus ACEN See School Details
95.12 ADN Bryant & Stratton College-Richmond 6 98 North Chesterfield Private For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
94.84 ADN Virginia Western Community College 7 108 Roanoke Public Campus See School Details
94.28 ADN Northern Virginia Community College 8 130 Annandale Public Campus ACEN See School Details
93.83 ADN Dabney S Lancaster Community College 9 146 Clifton Forge Public Campus ACEN See School Details
93.14 ADN Germanna Community College 10 173 Locust Grove

Germanna Community College is located in Locust Grove, Virginia.  They offer an ADN degree.  They also offer an LPN advanced placement option. Programs must be completed on a full-time basis.  They also offer a variety of other programs, such as an LPN program, a nurse’s aide program, and a surgical nurse program, which is a program for LPNs to learn how to be a surgical scrub nurse.

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92.74 ADN Thomas Nelson Community College 11 189 Hampton Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
92.65 ADN New River Community College 12 194 Dublin

New River Community College is located in Dublin, Virginia.  NRCC offers an ADN program and an LPN to RN bridge program.  The bridge program can be completed in 3 semesters.  Botth programs can be extended and be completed on a part-time basis.

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91.81 ADN Centra College of Nursing 13 226 Lynchburg Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
85.54 ADN Patrick Henry Community College 14 466 Martinsville Public Campus ACEN See School Details
85.35 ADN Piedmont Virginia Community College 15 469 Charlottesville Public Campus ACEN See School Details
83.94 ADN Wytheville Community College 16 512 Wytheville Public Campus ACEN See School Details
81.96 ADN ECPI University 17 561 Virginia Beach Private For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
81.85 ADN Lord Fairfax Community College 18 566 Middletown

Lord Fairfax Community College has four campuses in Virginia – Middletown, Luray, and two in Warrenton.  They offer an ADN program, with an LPN bridge option and a paramedic bridge option.  The nursing program opened its doors in 2000, graduating its first nurses in 2002.  The NCLEX-RN pass rate for their first graduating class was 72.4%, which has increased steadily since that time.  In fact, in 2015, one campuses had a 100% pass rate and the other had 98.04% pass rate.

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78.49 ADN Blue Ridge Community College 19 619 Weyers Cave Public Campus ACEN See School Details
76.80 ADN Paul D Camp Community College 20 641 Franklin Public Campus ACEN See School Details
75.15 ADN Fortis College-Norfolk 21 657 Norfolk Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
61.30 ADN Global Health College 22 718 Alexandria Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
100.00 BSN Longwood University 1 1 Farmville Public Campus CCNE See School Details
98.01 BSN Sentara College of Health Sciences 2 19 Chesapeake

Sentara College of Health Sciences is located in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Sentara College is a division of Sentara Healthcare; it seeks to educate healthcare professionals in a variety of careers, but especially nursing.  Not only do they offer a BSN program, but they offer an online RN to BSN program, an option for LPNs to join their BSN program and they also allow for early entrance into the program for college freshman.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
97.31 BSN Radford University 3 34 Radford Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
97.13 BSN Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 4 40 Richmond

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is located in Richmond, Virginia.  They offer a traditional BSN degree and an online RN to BSN degree.  The online program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and is designed with the working nurse in mind.  The college has a Clinical Simulator Center, which offers an 8-bed Med/Surg unit, an adult critical care unit, a pediatric unit and a maternal/child unit.

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94.99 BSN Virginia Commonwealth University 5 93 Richmond Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
94.69 BSN Norfolk State University 6 106 Norfolk Public Campus See School Details
92.91 BSN Liberty University 7 174 Lynchburg

Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia.  They offer a BSN program, which is available to residential students, and an online RN to BSN program.  Most students complete the program in 2 years.

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92.58 BSN James Madison University 8 185 Harrisonburg

James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Viriginia.  JMU offers a tradtional BSN degree and an online RN to BSN degree.  The RN to BSN program can also be utilized for students looking to earn a second bachelor’s degree.  The program can be done full-time, in one year, or part-time, in two years.

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92.43 BSN South University?Richmond 9 190 Glen Allen Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
92.37 BSN University of Virginia-Main Campus 10 193 Charlottesville Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
91.81 BSN George Mason University 11 222 Fairfax Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.47 BSN University of Lynchburg 12 261 Lynchburg Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
89.84 BSN Hampton University 13 275 Hampton

Hampton University offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, MS and PhD

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
89.49 BSN Eastern Mennonite University 14 284 Harrisonburg Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
87.91 BSN The University of Virginia's College at Wise 15 326 Wise Public Campus CCNE See School Details
87.84 BSN Marymount University 16 328 Arlington Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.29 BSN Jefferson College of Health Sciences 17 340 Roanoke Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.07 BSN Shenandoah University 18 346 Winchester Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
86.16 BSN Old Dominion University 19 372 Norfolk

Old Dominion University is located in Norfolk, Virginia.  They offer a pre-licensure BSN program (designed for new college students) and a post-licensure program (for RNs seeking a BSN degree).  They also offer several graduate options, some of which are offered online.  ODU originated in 1930 as a division of The College of William and Mary; it became a separate institution in 1962 and gained university status in 1969.

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82.98 BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing-Virginia 20 437 Arlington Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
78.07 BSN South University?Virginia Beach 21 487 Virginia Beach Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
71.67 BSN Stratford University 22 518 Fairfax Private For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details