Graduate Nursing Programs in Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia has many graduate nursing programs for students to choose from. The degrees at several schools throughout the state as well as the common courses and typical admission standards of these institutions are profiled here.

Students who want to complete a graduate degree in nursing typically have a bachelor's degree in nursing. However, some schools also allow students who have a non-nursing undergraduate degree or those who have an associate's degree in nursing to apply, provided that they take extra courses. Prospective students can choose from various programs that offer specializations like nursing education or nurse midwifery.

School Comparison

Graduate nursing programs in Virginia are available in cities like Arlington and Hampton. Three of the universities listed here offer in-state tuition rates.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA $18,272 (in-state) / $28,768 (out-of-state)
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA $13,633 (in-state) / $25,654 (out-of-state)
James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA $11,352 (in-state) / $29,544 (out-of-state)
Marymount University Arlington, VA $17,748
Hampton State University Hampton, VA $11,350

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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Virginia Colleges with Graduate Nursing Programs

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia awards master's and doctoral degrees in the nursing field. The Master of Nursing Science offers nine degree options, including Clinical Nurse Leader (Direct Entry) and Pediatric NP - Primary Care. One of the prerequisites for entry into the master's program is a statistics course, which had to be completed within the last five years with a B grade. The Doctor of Nursing Practice offers two options: a post-BSN pathway and post-MSN. The post-BSN option also requires that students meet the statistics prerequisite. For the post-MSN option, students must satisfy a self-study program requirement that illustrates their proficiency in statistics, including an 80% score on a post-test.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Student can choose from several master's degree options at Virginia Commonwealth University, such as family nurse practitioner and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Each degree offers a two or three-year program option. Students must have a bachelor's nursing degree, possess a valid Registered Nurse license, and earn at least a B in three statistics credit hours. Interested students must complete an online application that includes materials like transcripts, three references, and a personal statement. The Doctor of Nursing Program is for students with a master's degree and requires 39 credits for graduation. Admissions requirements for this program include a valid Registered Nurse license, online application, and a personal interview.

James Madison University

Students can earn a Master of Science in Nursing at James Madison University. They can choose from six concentrations: clinical nurse leader, nurse administrator, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, adult/gerontology primary nurse care practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Master's candidates will need to submit a graduate school application. All students will need a 2.8 GPA from their bachelor's degree, with nurse midwifery and nurse practitioner concentrations requiring a 3.0 GPA. Additional requirements also include a valid unrestricted nursing license, CPR certification, and two professional references.

Marymount University

Students can pursue a master's or doctoral degree at Marymount University. The Master of Science in Nursing degree is for students wishing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Forty-five credits are required for graduation, with 700 hours of hands-on, clinical experience. It will take 5 semesters for full-time students to earn their degree, while part-time ones can do so in 7 semesters. Master's candidates should complete an online application. Admissions requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor of Nursing degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Valid Virginia Registered Nurse credentials with two years of relevant work experience
  • Professional statement of 250-500 words

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for students interested in a career in nursing leadership. The first program option is BSN to DNP and requires 75 credits. The second available program is a poster-masters DNP and requires 31-35 credits. Some of the requirements in the admissions process consists of the following:

  • Bachelor of Nursing degree with at least a 3.3. GPA or Master of Nursing degree with at least a 3.5 GPA
  • Resume and valid Virginia Registered Nurse credentials
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Professional statement of 250-500 words

Hampton State University

Hampton State University offers several graduate nursing degrees:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Education (Advance Adult, Psychiatric, Community Health)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Administration (Advanced Adult, Psychiatric, Community Health)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Practitioner (Family/Practitioner): Online program
  • PhD in Nursing (Family): Online program

Students will need to submit an online application and $50 fee. Application materials include official transcripts, MCAT or DAT scores, personal statement, and two recommendation letters.

Graduate nursing programs in Virginia range from master's in nurse practitioner to online doctoral programs. Application requirements may vary and students can choose from programs that offer part-time or full-time enrollment.


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