Nursing Programs in Virginia with Course Descriptions

The state of Virginia has more than 70 schools that offer nursing programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Virginia Nursing Programs

Current and aspiring nurses can find educational programs in Virginia that are designed to help them gain entry into this field or advance in their careers. Learn about the levels of training, prerequisites, curricula, clinical experiences and areas of concentration in programs offered at two of Virginia's largest colleges and universities. Then check out the table following this article to learn more school facts.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University is located in Richmond and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing. In addition, a post-master's certificate in nursing is also available.
  • Northern Virginia Community College's Medical Education Campus is located in Springfield. This school offers a nursing associate's degree program with three track options, including both on-campus and hybrid study.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Clinical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Direct-Entry Midwifery - LM, CPM
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse Training
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Neonatal Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Assistant or Patient Care Assistant
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing for Adults and Seniors
  • Nursing Science
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Operating Room and Surgical Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Public Health Nurse or Community Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

Comparison of Schools

With such a crucial decision to make, aspiring nurses may wish to compare some school data in the table below after exploring the programs above. Learn about the tuition charges, enrollment numbers and graduation rates to aid the decision-making process.

Virginia Commonwealth University Northern Virginia Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 30,848* 51,487*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $12,772 (in-state)*
$31,464 (out-of-state)*
$5,138 (in-state)*
$11,055 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 77%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 75%* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 86%* 69%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 59%* 23%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU claims to be one of the top research universities in the U.S. and has more than 30,000 full or part-time students. More than 200 programs are offered at its two campuses in Richmond, Virginia.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students looking to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are offered three different tracks. The accelerated program takes five semesters to complete and does not break for summers. The traditional program takes the typical four years and is the normal placement for students coming in as freshmen. The R.N.-to-B.S. completion program takes three semesters to complete plus the 56 credits of general education courses.

Master of Science in Nursing

The graduate program prepares nurses for changing technologies and specialized areas. Students attain a solid foundation for pursuing further research and education.

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing

This program is offered in several concentrations, including child, adult and family health. It is also offered for nurses interested in becoming leaders in clinical nursing.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The doctoral program in nursing examines the historical and social influences in nursing and the knowledge development over time. This analysis, and an understanding of the knowledge development in other disciplines, is pivotal for a complete understanding of the discipline of nursing.

Northern Virginia Community College

NOVA is the largest educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the U.S., with more than 51,000 students. Students from more than 180 countries either attend one of the eight campuses and educational centers or enroll through the Extended Learning Institute.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

NOVA has three tracks for students interested in graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. In all of the tracks, students take classes that educate them about the nursing process, how to calculate drug doses, nursing history and nursing around the world.

Traditional Registered Nurse Track

The traditional registered nurse track takes four semesters to complete and begins in the fall. Students will have the summers off.

Online Hybrid Registered Nurse Track

The online hybrid registered nurse track also takes four semesters to complete, but students listen to lectures and complete activities online, as well as participate in labs in person.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse

Before entering the LPN-to-RN track, students must already be licensed practical nurses. Through this program, students enter the traditional registered nurse track after taking two transitional classes in the fall semester.

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