VIRGINIA NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the ultimate authority is your local state board of nursing. Be sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Virginia Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 11/30/2017

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Virginia
Nursing Licenses in Virginia Master'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

Nursing Assistants: $26,040

Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses: $41,450

Registered Nurses: $66,670

Nurse Practitioners: $101,060

Salaries of nurses in Virginia can vary widely based on specialization. These figures are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about Virginia nursing salaries.

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

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Virginia. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more 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 licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments on or suggestions for our information about nursing in Virginia, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Virginia is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Virginia

In Virginia, Licensed Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists may apply for prescriptive authority of controlled substances under schedules II to V in collaboration with physicians.

Virginia Nursing Licensure Renewal

All nursing licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Nurse Practitioner in Virginia

Education
Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare Nurse Practitioner

Examination
Varies according to specialty area

Fees
Application: $125

Certification Required
Varies according to specialty area, but must include Registered Nurse license

Renewal
Nurse Practitioner licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information


Endorsement
Licensure through endorsement is available to Nurse Practitioners in Virginia.

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Virginia

Education
Graduate-level Clinical Nurse Specialist program

Examination
Varies according to specialty area

Fees
Application: $130

Certification Required
National Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification and valid license to practice professional nursing

Renewal
Clinical Nurse Specialist licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

 

Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Virginia

Education

Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare Nurse Anesthetists

Examination

National Certification Examination

Fees

Application: $125

National Certification Examination: $725

Experience

None

Certification Required

Certification from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists and current Registered Nurse license

Renewal

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

 

Certified Nurse Midwife in Virginia

Education

Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare Nurse Midwives

Examination

National Certification Examination

Fees

Application: $125

National Certification Examination: $500

Certification Required

Certification from the American College of Nurse Midwives and current Registered Nurse license

Renewal

Certified Nurse Midwife licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

Endorsement

Licensure through endorsement is available to Certified Nurse Midwives in Virginia.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Virginia

Education

Approved professional nursing education program

Examination

National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $190

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Experience

None

Renewal

Registered Nurse licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

Endorsement

Licensure through endorsement is available to Registered Nurses in Virginia.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Virginia

Education

Approved Practical Nursing program

Examination

National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $170

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Experience

None

Renewal

Licensed Practical Nurse licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

Endorsement

Licensure through endorsement is available to Licensed Practical Nurses in Virginia.

Certified Nurse Aide in Virginia

Education

Approved Practical Nursing program

Examination

National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $170

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Experience

None

Renewal

Licensed Practical Nurse licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Additional Information

Endorsement

Licensure through endorsement is available to Licensed Practical Nurses in Virginia.

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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