Virginia Nursing License

Virginia Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Virginia State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015

Nursing Licenses in VirginiaMaster’s Required?
Nurse Practitioner (NP)Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)Y
Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Y
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)N

Virginia Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$24,190$40,020$63,150 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Virginia can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Virginia nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Virginia. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Virginia, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Virginia nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Virginia, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Virginia is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Virginia

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician, with some limitations.


Virginia Nursing Licensure Renewal

Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and registered nurse (R.N.) licenses renew every two years by the last day of your birth month in even- or odd-numbered years depending on the nurse’s birth year. Nurses born in odd years renew in odd years. Those born in even years renew in even years. APRN licenses must be renewed when the R.N. license is renewed. Renewal reminders are mailed to the most current address on file with the board and may be renewed up to 60 days prior to the expiration date. There are no continuing education requirements for Virginia nurses. Applications for Renewal of nurse practitioners (NPs) can be completed online at the Virginia Department of Health Professions Online Licensing page.

Nurse Practitioner in Virginia

EducationGraduate Degree in Nursing
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$85 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Certification RequiredNational Certification as a Nurse Practitioner
RenewalRenewal Is Required Every 2 Years. Requirements for Renewal Are the Successful Completion of 8 Contact Hours of Continuing Education, and Payment of a $145 Fee.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $85 Application Fee.

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Virginia

EducationMaster’s Degree in Nursing
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$95 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Certification RequiredNational Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
RenewalRenewal Is Required Every 2 Years. Requirements for Renewal Are Payment of a $60 Renewal Fee, and Completion of Continuing Education Contact Hours. Exact Continuing Education Requirements Are Available Online at the Board of Nursing for Licensed Nurses to View.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $95 Application Fee.

 

Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Virginia

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Anesthetist Program Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
ExaminationCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Fees$95 Application Fee, $725 Certification Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
RenewalRenewal Is Required Every 2 Years. Requirements for Renewal Are Payment of a $60 Renewal Fee, and Completion of Continuing Education Contact Hours. Exact Continuing Education Requirements Are Available Online at the Board of Nursing for Licensed Nurses to View. Nurse Anesthetists Must Also Recertify through the NBCRNA Every 2 Years. Requirements for CRNA Recertification Are the Successful Completion of 40 Contact Hours of Continuing Education and 850 Hours of Clinical Practice, and Payment of $400 in Recertification Fees.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $95 Application Fee.

 

Certified Nurse Midwife in Virginia

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Midwife Program Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery
ExaminationCertified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
Fees$95 Application Fee, $750 Certification Examination Fee
Certification Required Must possess a current Registered Nurse license
RenewalRenewal Is Required Every 2 Years. Requirements for Renewal Are Payment of a $60 Renewal Fee, and Completion of Continuing Education Contact Hours. Exact Continuing Education Requirements Are Available Online at the Board of Nursing for Licensed Nurses to View. Nurse Midwives Must Also Recertify through the AMCB Every 5 Years. Requirements for CNM Renewal Are the Successful Completion of the AMCB’s Certificate Maintenance Program, and Payment of a $65 Annual Fee. Please Note that the Certificate Maintenance Program Must Be Completed Every 5 Years, While the Annual Fee of $65 Must Be Paid Every Year.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $95 Application Fee.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Virginia

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$130 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
Experience500 Hours of Direct Client Care Supervised by Qualified Faculty
RenewalCost for renewal is $140 every two years.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $130 Application Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Virginia, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Virginia.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Virginia

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$130 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
Experience400 Hours of Direct Client Care Supervised by Qualified Faculty
RenewalCost for renewal is $120 every two years.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $130 Application Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Virginia, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Virginia

 

Certified Nurse Aide in Virginia

EducationCompletion of an Approved Nurse Aide Training Program Program
ExaminationVirginia Nurse Aide Exam
Fees$94 Exam Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalEvery two years.
Additional InformationNone