RN to BSN in Virginia

According to recent data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare in the Virginia area is growing faster than any other local industry: between May 2014 and May 2015, employment in health services increased by 3.8%, outpacing every other sector. Second in total jobs only to D.C. government and professional business positions, the healthcare industry is a leading source of employment in this mid-Atlantic state.

Jobs for Virginia nurses increased by 1.4% in 2014; their average pay similarly increased during the same time period. This data paints a rosy picture for nursing professionals living in this area. Registered nurses who hold advanced degrees are far more likely to stay competitive in this market. Below, we’ve outlined the accredited RN-to-BSN programs available in Virginia.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Virginia

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Virginia’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Averett University

$ 425 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • After all prerequisites are satisfied, the remaining nursing core curriculum is delivered in eight upper-division classes totaling 30 credit hours.
  • This program is designed to be completed in two years.
  • All classes are asynchronous, allowing busy working nurses to schedule study time around other commitments.
  • In addition to clinical practica required in this program, campus-based students gain hands-on experience in Averett’s simulation labs.
Campus and Online 420 W Main St
Danville, VA 24541

Bluefield College

$ 365 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Bluefield’s 37-credit-hour nursing core is designed to be completed in 3 semesters.
  • The program’s clinical requirements are to be arranged in approved healthcare facilities convenient to the student.
  • Bluefield is a small, private for-profit Christian college.
Online 3000 College Dr
Bluefield, VA 24605

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

$ 527 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 15th, December 1st, and April 1st

  • This program can be taken full-time or part-time; full-time students can complete the BSN in three semesters.
  • Transfer status differs for each participant; however, the entire 33-hour nursing core must be taken at Bon Secours.
  • All courses are 100% online and taught asynchronously, allowing for complete flexibility when scheduling study time.
Online 8550 Magellan Parkway Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23227-1149

Eastern Mennonite University

$ 17,000 program total

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Participants in this program can complete the BSN in about 18 months.
  • Campus-based classes are offered in Harrisonburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Traditional daytime classes are available in Lancaster; evening classes that meet once per week are available at both campuses.
  • EMU is a private Christian college and requires students to take some religion classes.
  • In lieu of clinical participation requirements, EMU students present a portfolio and a capstone project prior to graduation.
Campus, Online, and Hybrid 1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462

ECPI University

$ 14,245 per term

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • Full-time or part-time students are welcome at ECPI. Full-time students can expect to complete the BSN core in under a year.
  • Classes are delivered sequentially in 5-week sessions.
  • 90 hours of clinical experience are required; students are expected to arrange for this requirement at approved local facilities.
  • ECPI is a private, for-profit educational institution.
Online 5555 Greenwich Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

George Mason University

$ 448 resident
$ 1,308 nonresident

Application Deadlines

January 15th and October 1st

  • Students in George Mason’s BSN completion program can finish BSN requirements in one year of full-time study.
  • All applicants typically demonstrate a 3.0 GPA in nursing prerequisite courses.
  • There is no clinical component to this program.
Online 4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

Hampton University

$ 303 resident
$ 772 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 15th

  • Hampton’s nursing core curriculum delivers 23 hours of upper-division instruction over 4 8-week sessions.
  • Clinical practica are required and are conducted at approved local facilities.
  • All applicants must have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • All required nursing courses must be taken at Hampton; no transfers will be accepted.
Campus E Queen Street
Hampton, VA 23668-0099

James Madison University

$ 4,831 per semester in state
$ 12,261 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

April 1st, October 15th

  • All students are required to attend a one-day orientation on campus at the beginning of the program.
  • Full-time students can complete the 30-hour program in three semesters. Part-time students may extend their studies up to two years.
  • Clinical experiences are required, and will be conducted at the university’s partner facilities.
Online 800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

$ 670 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Though most students in JCHS’s program pursue the BSN on a part-time basis, full-time students are welcome.
  • The program is designed to be completed in three to five semesters. All students must complete the BSN within 5 years.
  • A minimum of 40 credit hours must be completed at the college, 33 of which are to be upper-division nursing core classes.
  • Required clinical practica are expected to be arranged at a suitable facility convenient to the student’s residence.
Online 101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

Liberty University

$ 360 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • To complete the BSN at Liberty, 61 credit hours of nursing instruction are required after prerequisites. While transfer credits are often accepted, 30 hours of upper-division nursing instruction must be taken in this program.
  • Courses are delivered in 8-week sessions exclusively online.
  • Clinical course components may be conducted at approved sites convenient to the student.
Online 1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Marymount University

$ 27,900 per term

Application Deadlines

September 18th

  • The upper division nursing core requirements involve eleven courses, including practica.
  • A clinical internship during senior year will be conducted at one of Marymount’s clinical partner facilities in the Washington, D.C. area.
Hybrid and Online 2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207-4224

Norfolk State University

$ 4,183 per semester in state
$ 10,442 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

November 1st, March 1st, and June 1st

  • Applicants must present a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Clinical experience requirements in this program will be conducted at partner facilities in the greater Norfolk area.
  • This program is designed for full-time students to complete the nursing core in nine semesters, or two years.
Campus 700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504

Old Dominion University

$ 316 resident
$ 345 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st and January 1st

  • To fulfill BSN degree requirements, the 33-credit nursing core plus six upper-division electives must all be earned at this university.
  • Full-time students begin in a fall cohort and can complete the program in one year; part-time students begin in the spring and usually finish in two years.
  • Students in this program also enjoy the school’s partnership with the Eastern Virginia Medical School and its Sentara Center Simulation and Immersive Learning lab.
  • Students from any state in the U.S. except Washington are welcome to apply.
Online 5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529

Radford University

$ 410 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • In RU’s degree completion program, 26 credit hours of upper-division nursing instruction are delivered in seven courses.
  • Full-time students can complete the BSN in three semesters; part-time students may take two to three years.
  • All cohorts begin in the fall.
  • Clinical requirements may be arranged at approved sites that are convenient to the student’s residence.
Online 801 East Main Street
Radford, VA 24142

Sentara College of Health Sciences

$ 498 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Classes are delivered sequentially in 8-week sessions. A full-time student could expect to complete the 30-hour core curriculum in four sessions, or two semesters.
  • Graduates of this program are actively recruited for employment within the Sentara Healthcare System.
  • This program is currently only accepting Virginia residents.
Online 1441 Crossways Blvd, Suite 105
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Shenandoah University

$ 400 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • This 30-hour program can be completed in two semesters of full-time study; other students may extend their study to four semesters.
  • Clinical experiences include on-site practica at partner facilities and instruction in state-of-the-art simulation environments.
  • Students begin the program with an immersion weekend spent on campus.
Hybrid 1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601-5195

Stratford University

$ 410 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • After prerequisite courses are satisfied, this program delivers upper-division nursing instruction in 19 classes.
  • Most program participants complete the BSN in 15 months.
  • This private, for-profit educational institution does not require clinical experiences to graduate.
Campus, Online, and Hybrid 3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030

University of Mary Washington

$ 5,535 per semester in state
$ 12,617 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

April 1st, October 15th, and March 1st

  • This program is designed to be completed by full-time students in one year.
  • After transfers and general education requirements are met, this program requires 30 credit hours of upper-division nursing instruction.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.
Hybrid 1301 College Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300

University of Virginia

$ 396 resident
$ 1,350 nonresident

Application Deadlines

March 1st

  • This degree completion program is targeted toward working nurses; part-time students can complete the BSN in 21 months.
  • Clinical course requirements are expected to be arranged at an appropriate local facility with instructor approval.
  • Three graduate-level courses are included in this program, which can in turn be used toward the MSN degree.
Campus 1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2628

Virginia Commonwealth University

$ 452 resident
$ 1,101 nonresident

Application Deadlines

March 15th and September 15th

  • This program is structured to be flexible and accommodate the scheduling needs of working nurses. The curriculum can be completed in 18 months, but students may take six years to finish.
  • The program’s core curriculum is composed of ten courses totaling 33 credit hours.
  • Clinical practica will be conducted at assigned locations in the area.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Online 910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Virginia that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Virginia that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Virginia has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Virginia is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Virginia RN’s with a BSN?

The AC is working with colleges across the state to improve seamless educational progression.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?



What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC works to identify decision-making boards where nurses could be appointed and then identifies and promotes promising candidates.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The coalition has an Access to Care Workgroup looking into ways to ensure RNs are able to use their skills to the fullest extent.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC has supported recent state legislation that has removed barriers to APRN practice.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC is developing and deploying an educational program that brings nurses together with other medical professionals.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC has gathered workforce data and created a whitepaper to project future supply and demand for nurses in the state.

Contact Info

Shirley Gibson

DNP, MSHA, RN, FACHE - President
Virginia Nurses Foundation

Janet Wall

Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Nurses Foundation

David DeBiasi

RN - Associate State Director
AARP Virginia

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Virginia Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Virginia Licensing

Virginia is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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