If you have a passion for helping people and are interested in being part of a collaborative healthcare team, a career in nursing could be the right choice for you.
As a nursing student at Virginia College you'll learn from instructors who have spent a large part of their career working in a wide variety of clinical settings. Virginia College nursing faculty takes a personalized approach to teaching that emphasizes understanding your individual strengths and challenges, and meeting you where you are to ensure you get where you need to go.
The Virginia College nursing program can help you take the next step toward your career goals, even if you don't fit the mold of a traditional student. Our flexible scheduling is ideal for students who are juggling jobs, families and other commitments.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national annual wage range for registered nurses is between $47,120 and $102,990 per year.1 Individual salaries will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.2
The two-year associate's degree in nursing at Virginia College is grounded in evidence-based practice — a disciplined, decision-making methodology focused on ultimate improvement of patient outcomes.
Virginia College's nursing program emphasizes mastery of technical skills through hands-on learning. You'll participate in clinical experiences beginning with the fourth quarter of your 11-quarter program. Additional hands-on learning includes simulations with live subjects in real-life situations.
You'll build nursing skills in preparation for an 11-week externship in a medical setting, where you will get hands-on work experience in a local hospital, county health department, psychiatric health center or public school system. Our Career Development team helps place student externs through relationships with National Externship partners such as Any Lab Test Now, Take Care Health, HealthSouth and others. After graduation, some students are able to secure employment with the organization at which they externed.
In the nursing program at Virginia College, you'll have a chance to develop the confidence, skills and professionalism to launch your career. You'll also have resume-building and job search support from the Career Development team to help you find the right career opportunity. This team maintains job-placement relationships with local healthcare employers as well as national Corporate Partners.
Learn more about how you can have a rewarding career as a nurse, enabling you to fulfill your passion for helping people and making a daily impact on the lives of others. Complete the Request More Information form today and take the first step toward your future career in nursing.
1 The median annual wage for registered nurses was $68,450 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $102,990. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.
The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.
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