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Sentara College of Health Sciences offers two online programs for RNs who wish to obtain their degree. One is an online RN to BSN program that is tailored for registered nurses who want to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The other program is an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program called the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). This program is for RNs who already have their BSN.

RN to BSN classes begin every January and August, and there are no summer classes to attend. We do not require chemistry or history as part of the general education requirements. Also, the RN to BSN online program will not require you to come to campus. You do not have traditional clinical hours that involve direct patient care. This is a part-time, online program that you can complete in five semesters.

The Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program is an online program, as well. It does include two clinical courses, which are the final two courses, and will require some direct care from you as you are precepted in a leadership role. However, the majority of the hours are online. The program admits students every semester (January and August); students attend part-time (two courses each semester, except the final Capstone course, which is the only course during that semester). Students complete the program in two years.

You are assigned an advisor as soon as you are accepted, and this advisor will remain with you until you graduate from your program. We also offer wonderful supportive services, online library access, and access to our Center for Student Success staff, who can provide you with additional resources, such as how to improve your organizational and study skills to be successful in these online programs.

Sentara College and Sentara Healthcare offer several options to assist with paying for your tuition. The college’s financial aid advisors can help you obtain other sources of funding. In addition, Sentara College accepts Pell Grants, veterans’ benefits, and scholarships.

Learn more about Sentara College’s RN to BSN and MSN (CNL) programs at or contact 

Aspen University & United States University offer high quality, CCNE accredited, 100% online nursing degrees that are among the lowest in Cost of Attendance. With Sentara’s 10% tuition discount our RN to BSN programs start at $9,575, MSN programs at $10,550, and the DNP is $19,765. Our unique 0% interest, no-money-down, Monthly Payment Plans – starting at $250 per month – provide students an alternative to traditional student financial aid. And our 8-week courses and frequent start dates offer working adults the scheduling flexibility they need. There is no cost to apply, or to have your transcripts evaluated for possible transfer credits.  Learn more by calling Jamie VanGeest at 855-849-1952, emailing or visiting

Start Your next degree with a 30% discount on degree programs through Capella University on 2022!

Thanks to our partnership with Capella University, we’re able to offer eligible staff 30% savings on tuition for all Capella bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and certificates.* This benefit is available to all new learners, and it lasts throughout your program when you start a degree program this fall.

Capella offers flexible, online programs in nursing, public health, psychology, counseling, business, IT, and more. When you are ready to explore your options, we’re here for you.

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Chamberlain University has a 130-year history preparing extraordinary nursing graduates and healthcare professionals. Chamberlain has the nation’s largest nursing school, and our approach is anything but one-size-fits-all. Program coursework is 100% online and offered every eight weeks with six session starts per year. No prerequisites (DNP exclusions may apply) or entrance exams required, there is flexibility to take time off and deferred payment plans are available. Practicum coordination is also available.

Chamberlain offers the following: RN to BSN, Accelerated RN to MSN, Accelerated MSN, MSN (nine specialty tracks including FNP, PMHNP, AGACNP and AGPCNP), DNP, MPH, MSW and Graduate Certificates. Program offerings may vary by state. Chamberlain offers a BSN online option for VA residents (inquire about program specifics). To learn about tuition savings options including grants, scholarships and military savings, inquire about the programs and receive your customized curriculum plan, please click here to connect with Chamberlain University.


RN to BS in Nursing:
RNs: looking for a RN to BS in Nursing program that fits your life? EMU offers a fully online, 20-month program with no additional clinicals! Your workplace is your clinical site. The 43-credit curriculum will help advance your knowledge and critical thinking as a working nurse. Our cohort model provides built-in support from fellow professional nurses balancing work, life and school. Our unique program includes a self-care focus that helps you learn to care for your own physical and mental wellness as you give so much compassion and energy to patients and their families. We not only understand the challenges of healthcare professionals, we give you the tools to address those challenges in a healthy and proactive manner. Apply online at or email to learn more. Transfers welcome!

EMU Master’s of Science (MSN):
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at EMU continues to involve students and faculty to explore new ways to integrate the EMU Nursing philosophy of sacred covenant with servant leadership in the diverse and challenging practice roles and settings of nursing. This 37-semester hour MSN degree program utilizes an online format for taking graduate level courses. Students will follow the cohort model of learning which enhances community and fellowship among their peers while still having the flexibility of attending online. The MSN program extends EMU’s reputation of high-quality nursing education by offering courses related to helping nursing professionals enhance their leadership skills in areas such as conflict resolution, ethics, education, research, quality improvement, staff coaching, and finance. EMU offers MSN concentrations in Leadership & Management, School Nursing, and our new offering, Trauma Awareness & Resilience.

To learn more about the EMU MSN Program, please visit

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The Hampton University School of Nursing has prepared nurses to serve humanity for over a century.  The BS program is the oldest continuous baccalaureate nursing program in Virginia.  Hampton University School of Nursing has full approval by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  That is, Hampton University School of Nursing has added a new baccalaureate curriculum for Health Sciences. Hampton University School of Nursing has a program to meet almost every student’s needs.

At this time, students will need to gain scholarship and grant information from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

  • Class 1954 Endowed Scholarship
  • Daniel and Louise Armstrong Award
  • Delta Sigma Theta Endowed Scholarship
  • Elnora D. Daniel Leadership Award
  • Estella Reynolds Endowed Scholarship
  • Fostine Glenn Riddick Award
  • Givens Foundation for Nursing Scholarships
  • Hampton University Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship
  • Johnnie B. Bunch Endowed Scholarship
  • Lillian Lively Stafford Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • E. Carnegie Nursing Archives
  • Patricia E. Sloan Endowed Fund
  • Sallie Tucker Allen Endowed Nursing Scholarship
  • Shirley Gore Endowed Scholarship
  • Teresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • Adrian Freeman Graduate Fellowship
  • Adrian Freeman Nursing Scholarship
  • Walter R. and Louis S. Brown Scholarship

Upon graduating many colleges and universities are offering scholarships to graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Campus located in Hampton, Virginia. For further information and concerns, please feel free to contact:  Dr. Jacqueline Parham, RN (Clinical Coordinator) at 757.637.2546.


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Old Dominion University School of Nursing has been a leader of nursing education in the Commonwealth for over 53 years. Our established reputation for affordable, high quality on-campus and distance education programming is the key reason so many nurses have chosen to earn their BSN, MSN or DNP degrees from ODU.

The School of Nursing is recognized for its strong educational programs that prepare exceptional nurses for professional practice. Graduate hybrid programs are offered for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS Adult Gerontology, Neonatal & Pediatric), Nurse Practitioner (Family, Pediatric, Neonatal, & Psychiatric Mental Health), and Midwifery. The DNP programs options include: Post-Masters Nurse Executive, Post-Masters Advance Practice and Nurse Anesthesia. Part-time and full-time enrollment schedules are available for most programs. Certification pass rates for all graduate advanced practice programs are consistently 95-100%.

ODU online graduate nursing programs are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top 25% of online graduate nursing programs nationally.  The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) MSN program is ranked #1 nationally by We are a leader in the use of standardized patients for clinical nursing education and, innovators of telehealth education and research for nursing and other health professions. In 2019, ODU School of Nursing was a recipient of the AACN Academic-Practice Partnership Award, a national recognition for our work with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Sentara Ambulatory Care Clinic

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Accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing

Sentara Healthcare and University of Phoenix are working together to make continuing your education and advancing your skills more affordable. Take advantage of exclusive employee tuition savings on degrees and certificates. For every 5 courses you complete, get 1 course free and pay $0 in resource fees (electronic course material fees and books) for two courses each year. 

We offer post-licensure degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.  Our MSN programs prepare nurses for leadership roles in four areas of practice: Informatics, Nurse Education, Nurse Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offers a distinctive learning model and innovative approach with support, guidance, and a manageable course load. Enhance your career and advance the discipline of nursing by developing the leadership skills you need to change organizations and communities and elevate your professional nursing practice. 

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While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.


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In keeping with the School of Nursing’s 120-year legacy of care, leadership, and commitment to delivering innovative educational programs, the RN-BSN nursing program offers a hybrid format designed to meet the needs of working RNs with an associate degree or hospital diploma. Our hybrid program offers flexibility through both online and in-person learning. The majority of the RN-BSN class meetings are taught online and students convene in-person for classes just once a month!

The hybrid format allows our students to be successful in both the classroom and work environment while maintaining a healthy life balance. Other benefits of the hybrid program include:

  • Two-year (5 semesters) part-time program consisting of synchronous and asynchronous learning environments
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible general education pre-requisites
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Guaranteed admission to all qualified Virginia Community College System ADN graduates
  • Three locations available: Charlottesville, Richmond, and northern Virginia
  • Richmond and northern Virginia students are required to come to Charlottesville no more than three times during the program for on-site activities such as orientation, simulation, and graduation
  • May take up to three of UVA’s RN to BSN courses before applying to the program (choice of pathophysiology, leadership, statistics, research, and/or the University elective). Elective courses may be delivered in face-to-face, hybrid, or online modalities as well as require in-person sessions to Charlottesville for class orientation and/or examinations

The School of Nursing admission staff is available to answer questions about our hybrid program. We offer several informational sessions which can be found on the following website: Please contact Kim Dieber, Coordinator for Recruitment and Community Engagement at or (434) 249-2106 for more information.

Earn Your Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing at WGU
Advance your healthcare career and impact patient care with a post-master’s certificate in nursing.  At WGU, there are two post-master’s certificate nursing programs that help master’s degree-holding nursing professionals advance in or diversify their career paths, allowing current MSN-educated nurses to take on additional specialties, pivot their careers, and boost their résumés.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing–Education
Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing–Leadership and Management

WGU is also offering the Beyond the Bedside Grant to help ease potential financial challenges associated with your desire to advance your career by earning this post-master’s nursing certificate.  Please consult with your HR/benefits department regarding the use of tuition benefits for non-degree programs.

Beyond the Bedside Grant
Valued at up to $1,500
Application deadline: June 30, 2022

Learn more about our programs and other scholarship opportunities by visiting the Sentara landing page on WGU’s website,  Inquiries may be directed to Pietro Aguiluz at

Why earn your degree at WGU?

  • Accredited programs—the same accreditations as many state universities.
  • Accelerated progress—complete most courses as quickly as you master the material.
  • Affordable tuition—about half what you’d pay at other universities.
  • Unparalleled flexibility—complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for you.
  • Personal attention—work one-on-one with a dedicated mentor from enrollment through graduation.