RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Nurses often say their profession is a calling more than just a job. For those dedicated RNs who feel they are called to do more, professional advancement in the form of an MSN degree is attainable via bridge RN to MSN or BSN to MSN programs in Virginia. With online, on-campus, and hybrid delivery options for classes, nurses are bound to find a program that is right for them. A few RN to MSN options exist for nurses with associate's degrees while others allow nurses to complete an RN to BSN followed immediately by the MSN. The benefit of bridge options is that they allow students to count coursework twice, which speeds up the degree completion timeline. 

Typical Program Length:

  • Approximately 5 full-time semesters for an RN to MSN
  • At least 3 full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited university (degree level may vary by program)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Completed application
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN 
  • Some clinical experience 
  • Resume and personal statement or essay 

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Educated professionals can change the trajectory of their careers as they change the lives of others when they become Generalists or Clinical Nurse Leaders. The University of Virginia offers a direct-entry master's pathway for those with bachelor's degrees outside of nursing. The academically rigorous program prepares students to work as generalist nurses across the health care spectrum. Preparing for the NCLEX-RN is also part of the program. In the course of study, students gain clinical experiences in labor and delivery, surgery, mental health, public health, and pediatrics. 

Typical Program Length:

  • At least 2 years of full-time study plus clinicals 

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a non-nursing field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and submission of official transcripts
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in science and statistics within the past 5 years
  • Application and resume 
  • Three letters of recommendation

2024 List of MSN Programs in Virginia

There are at least 5 RN to MSN programs being offered in the state of Virginia; of these, some of the modalities include online studies, in-class and a combination of the two. You can earn your degree while you continue to work and gain experience. When you obtain your degree you put yourself ahead of the game in what types of specialties become available to you; these specializations include nurse anesthetist, critical care nursing, and different management or administrative positions.

MSN Programs By City:

Arlington, VA

MSN Programs
2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 522-5600

Charlottesville, VA

225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, VA 22903-3388
(434) 924-0141

MSN Programs
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-2743

Fairfax, VA

Hampton, VA

Lynchburg, VA

School of Nursing
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(800) 424-9595

Norfolk, VA

Richmond, VA

Roanoke, VA

MSN Programs
Southeast, 101 Elm Ave
Roanoke, VA 24016
(888) 985-8483

MSN Programs
Southeast, 101 Elm Ave
Roanoke, VA 24016
(888) 985-8483

Winchester, VA

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