Virginia Certification Program Overviews with Course Info

There are 112 schools in the state of Virginia that offer certification programs. Keep reading through this article to see if one of these schools is a good choice for you.

Learn about several different factors to consider when choosing which Virginia school to earn a certificate from, including closeness to large cities, school population, lowest net tuition, and highest graduation rates, reported by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Virginia Schools Near Large Cities

Many students consider a college's closeness to major cities to be a determining factor in where they decide to enroll. Although there are numerous schools in midsize cities throughout Virginia, limited to only large cities, however, Virginia colleges with certificate programs are limited in options, with only schools in and around Virginia Beach. According to the NCES College Navigator, there are a few schools in the city, including:

  • Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School
  • Advanced Technology Institute
  • ECPI University
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Largest Schools in Virginia

Large campus size is a major determining factor for many people considering attending a school. Among technical schools in Virginia, most public universities have the highest student population, save for Liberty University, which is private not-for-profit. The NCES College Navigator lists five schools with the largest student population in fall of 2014.

  • Liberty University (81,459)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (51,487)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (30,848)
  • Tidewater Community College (27,646)
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus (23,732)

Lowest Net Price

The price of enrollment is an important factor to reflect on when considering what institution to enroll in. These are the five schools with the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduates in the 2014-2015 school year, according to the NCES College Navigator:

  • Wytheville Community College ($2,081)
  • Washington County Adult Skill Center ($3,196)
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing ($3,362)
  • Central School of Practical Nursing ($4,323)
  • Dabney S Lancaster Community College ($4,931)

Highest Graduation Rate

Prospective students should have a look at the graduation rates of a school to help determine the academic success of the students who were previously enrolled. Listed below are the schools with the best undergraduate graduation rates, according to the NCES College Navigator:

  • Cayce/Reilly School of Massage (100% for those enrolled in 2012-2013)
  • Virginia Baptist College (100% for those enrolled in 2009)
  • Suffolk Beauty Academy (100% for those enrolled in 2012)
  • Luckes Beauty Academy (100% for those enrolled in 2012-2013)
  • Central School of Practical Nursing (100% for those enrolled in 2012-2013)

For students who value high graduation rates, low net tuition costs, close proximity to major cities, and high campus populations, Virginia has a number of schools that fit your criteria and offer certificate programs in various fields.

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