Nursing Education in Virginia

With a monstrous list of campuses that teach nursing classes and over 100,000 employed nurses in the state, Virginia is an exceptionally good state for nursing schools. Keep reading to find out what’s offered in your area of interest.

Transition Programs in VA

LPN-to-RN programs are spread throughout the state, assuring that students can find a school close enough to commute to no matter what town they live in. Students who pursue these programs in Virginia will be giving themselves a major advantage when they hit the job market afterward.

RN-to-BSN programs are also popular in Virginia — mostly as part of an effort to increase the number of BSN-prepared registered nurses in the field. Right now it’s about a third, but the target for the next few years is nearly twice that. At schools like George Mason University, an ADN-prepared RN can put herself ahead of the game by completing her BSN with only two full-time semesters.

Graduate Programs for Virginia’s Nursing Students

Are you a career nurse who’s looking to broaden your skill set, get into advanced practice nursing, teach other nurses, or move into an administrative position? Getting your MSN is the next step, and Virginia students are fortunate to have some great programs available.

Virginia is home to over half-a-dozen established, well-renowned universities that offer graduate degrees in nursing-related fields. Dozens of specialties are available, from women’s health to nursing leadership and management, and many of them are available in online curricula as well.

Although some programs only accept applicants with a BSN, others accept students with any bachelor’s degree. Looking through the lists will help you decide which school is the best fit.

Job Outlook for Nursing Students in Virginia

Nurses in Virginia enjoy some of the best employment rates on the eastern side of the country according to the BLS. And not only is unemployment at 5.6%, but it’s on a downward trend over the last year as well.

Nurses of all kinds should have no problem finding a job in Virginia, as there’s no single sector that lags significantly behind the others. ASN-prepared nurses will encounter positions as LPNs or nursing assistants as easily as BSN-prepared nurses encounter other positions, such as those in registered nursing.

MSN-prepared nurses will encounter a similar job market, with one positive exception. Nurse anesthetists are employed in Virginia at about twice the rate of other states in the country, which is excellent news for anyone choosing that speciality. In fact, if you’re planning on living in the state after graduating, it may be well be worth keeping in mind that nurse anesthetists are so well employed when you pick your concentration.

 Income Data for Virginia Nursing Professions

Data from BLS 2012 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Nursing Instructors and Teachers
Employment: 1,420
LQ: 0.92
$37,730 $61,930 $109,020
Registered Nurses
Employment: 58,650
LQ: 0.81
$42,740 $62,630 $87,300
Nurse Anesthetists
Employment: 1,890
LQ: 2.00
$74,990 $137,950 – *
Nurse Practitioners
Employment: 2,610
LQ: 0.89
$63,320 $85,640 $114,630
Nursing Assistants
Employment: 36,420
LQ: 0.93
$17,410 $23,240 $31,290
Employment: 21,510
LQ: 1.08
$29,590 $39,210 $51,420
Nurse Midwives
Employment: 150
>LQ: 0.97
$35,840 $61,040 $103,270

* Double dashes (–) indicate data not available.