Virginia Master's Degree in Nursing

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Virginia MSN Programs

Collegiate pursuits in general have changed greatly over the years, making it easier in some ways for students to earn degrees. The internet has allowed for computer-based learning, offering students more flexibility. MSN programs in Virginia are available online and in a traditional classroom format, so one can earn an advanced nursing degree in the manner in which he or she prefers. MSN programs are a great opportunity to further one's nursing expertise and enhance one's resume.

A master's degree in nursing will open the door to a wide range of job opportunities. While a bachelor's degree allows one to work as an RN, earning an MSN allows one to become nationally certified in an advanced practice specialization. Attending one of the various MSN programs in Virginia can lead to higher income potential and give an individual the upper hand when applying for jobs.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Online programs allow a student to complete courses on his or her own time. This flexibility can be helpful for those who are working full-time or have a family. The coursework can be completed anywhere, as long as a computer is available. Fortunately, many MSN programs are offered online and geared toward busy, working nurses. South University and Western Governors University both offer these degrees online.

South University's online MSN program has three different specialty areas that students can choose from, with curriculums ranging from 48-52 credits, including a capstone course. The specializations are Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. There is also a Nurse Practitioner track, which consists of 62 credits and offers the following specialty options: Adult Health Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner.

For those who prefer a traditional classroom setting, South University also has a campus in Glen Allen, VA (near Richmond), which offers the MSN. This campus offers the 62 credit Family Nurse Practitioner specialty.

Admission Requirements

Some colleges and universities are stricter than others in terms of MSN admission requirements, but the following is common:

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited program with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course and nursing research course with "C" or better
  • Official transcripts
  • Current RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Resume/CV

Tuition varies by programs, and this information is subject to change. Students at South University pay $20,928-$27,032 for tuition, excluding additional fees, depending on the track chosen.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University
1100 East Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24013

Virginia MSN Degree Prerequisites

Virginia nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Virginia, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Virginia and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Virginia RN to MSN programs

Those holding Virginia RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Virginia MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Virginia, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Virginia Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Virginia grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Virginia, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Virginia.

Virginia MSN Degree Resources

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