Become a Nurse in Virginia – APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Virginia Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 4/3/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Virginia
Nursing Licenses in Virginia Master’s Required?
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) No

Virginia Nursing Salaries

Virginia Nursing Salaries
VA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Annual Mean Wage Richmond Annual Mean Wage Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $46,070 $43,290 $46,130 $54,940
Registered Nurse $71,870 $69,770 $73,500 $83,370
Nurse Practitioner $109,110 $107,100 $112,310 $113,920
Nurse Anesthetist $180,120 $188,840 $188,580 $173,340
Nurse Midwife $94,920 $95,640 $109,550 $103,700

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Virginia in April 2020.

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 or suggestions for our information on nursing in Virginia, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Virginia is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Virginia

In Virginia, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may apply for prescriptive authority of controlled substances under schedules II to V in collaboration with physicians. APRNs applying for authority must provide proof of continued professional certification as a nurse practitioner, completion of a graduate course in pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics as a part of their nurse practitioner program, practice as a nurse practitioner for at least 1000 hours with 15 continuing education units, or 30 hours of education in pharmacology or pharmacotherapeutics within five years of application.

Nurse Practitioner in Virginia

Education: Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare nurse practitioners

Examination: Varies according to specialty area, but must be nationally recognized and accepted by the board.

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

Fees: $125 Application

Endorsement: Nurse practitioners may apply for licensure by endorsement in Virginia with the following: verification of licensure in another state, evidence of a professional certification within the specialty area, submission of application and fee, and transcripts with core coursework.

Renewal: Nurse practitioner licenses in Virginia expire biennially. For all nurses licensed after May 8, 2002, submission of proof of current professional certification in the area of speciality is required.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Virginia

Education: Graduate-level clinical nurse specialist program

Examination: Varies according to specialty area

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

Fees: $130 Registration

Renewal: Clinical Nurse Specialist licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Virginia

Education: Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare Nurse Anesthetists

Examination: Examination from the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Certification Required: Certification from the NBCRNA and current Registered Nurse license

Fees: $125 Application Fee

Renewal: Certified registered nurse anesthetist licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Learn more on how to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in Virginia

Education: Graduate degree program in nursing designed to prepare Nurse Midwives

Examination: Examination by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

Certification Required: Certification from the AMCB and current Registered Nurse license

Fees: $125 Application Fee

Renewal: Certified Nurse Midwife licenses in Virginia expire biennially.

Learn more on how to become a certified nurse midwife.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Virginia

Education: Approved professional nursing education program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $190 Application
  • $200 Examination

Endorsement: Registered nurses may apply for licensure by endorsement in Virginia with proof of completion of an approved nursing education program and a completed application with appropriate fee.

Renewal: Registered nurse licenses in Virginia expire biennially on even-numbered years for those born in even-numbered years and odd-numbered years for those born in an odd-numbered year.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in Virginia was retrieved from the Virginia Board of Nursing Regulations as of April 2020.

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Earn an MS in Nursing online from Georgetown University.

  • Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months
  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

Earn your MSN online from USC’s Top-Ranked School of Social Work.

  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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