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Nursing Programs: Top Ranked Nursing School - Richmond, VA

Students interested in studying nursing in Richmond, Virginia have four schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Two schools with nursing programs in the Richmond area are public, and the other schools are private, for-profit and not-for profit. Based on the range of nursing programs it offers and its highly ranked nurse anesthesia program, the following school is considered a top school for nursing in Richmond:

  • Winner: Virginia Commonwealth University is a 4-year, public school located in Richmond, Virginia. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.

School Info Chart

Category Virginia Commonwealth University
Rankings #1 in Nursing-Anesthesia (2011)**
Location Richmond, Virginia
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $12,002 (in-state); $29,473 (out-of-state)*
Nursing Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate
Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 238*
Most Popular Nursing Degree Program Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (238 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 57%*
Noteworthy Library dedicated entirely to health sciences; students learn skills through the Clinical Learning Center***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News and World Report, ***Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Students trained through computerized patient simulators
  • BSN is offered in various formats, including accelerated and bridge formats
  • Nursing Students Without Borders provide health education and screenings to Guatemalan women

VCU features six branch campuses and satellite locations, which include the VCU Medical Center at Stony Point and the School of Medicine Inova Campus. VCU gives students access to audio-visual classrooms, which emphasize role-playing exercises for nursing students. As of 2014, it has an undergraduate enrollment of 23,657.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The BSN is available in traditional, accelerated and RN-to-BSN formats. Courses offered include psychology, nursing concepts and health assessment. The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares students to become either nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. Students can choose a specialization in adult primary care, family health or pediatric nursing. A Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing is also available, preparing students to pursue research or academic careers. Students must take research design, nursing theory courses and scientific integrity classes.

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