Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school, as well as other FAQs from prospective students here at our Arizona College of Nursing – Chesapeake campus.
LPN School vs BSN School: What is the difference?
It is important to understand the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school. These factors can impact your nursing career path and your educational roadmap. Our campus leaders and experienced professionals are here to help you every step of your journey. CLICK HERE to read our latest blog article detailing the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school.
Other Frequently Asked Questions At Our Virginia Nursing College in Chesapeake
The Virginia Board requires RNs to have a high school education or GED and a degree or diploma from a state-approved professional nursing program and pass the NCLEX Exam.
Registered Nurses in Virginia have a median salary of $79,700 per year.
As you will be newly entering the workforce, it’s important to know that you will likely not start at the median rate but would likely increase your earnings with experience.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Registered Nurses in Virginia range from a low rate of $61,970 per year, to the highest-paid Nurses earning as much as $104,410 per year.
Updated 09/2023. Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-1141.00?st=VA
Registered nurses held about 3.1 million jobs in 2020.
The largest employers of registered nurses were as follows:
Ambulatory healthcare services (18%)
Nursing and residential care facilities (6%)
Educational services; state, local, and private (3%)
We make it easy to apply for transfer credit. You’ll need to request two things from your previous institution(s):
- An official transcript
- A copy of the course catalog
Read more about Arizona College’s transfer requirements.
Arizona College accepts numerous types of financial aid. Students may be eligible for a wide variety of options, including but not limited to:
- Federal student loans (payments can begin after you’re done with school)
- Federal PELL and SEOG grants (do not have to be repaid)
- State-based grant programs (do not have to be repaid)
- Work-study (on-campus employment)
- Private educational loans
- Military veteran educational benefits (available at some campuses)
Read more about financial aid at Arizona College.
Yes. While every student’s schedule may vary due to prior academic experience, you’ll start your BSN degree program with evening general education courses. In addition, some general education courses are offered in a convenient on-campus/online hybrid format.
We offer general education courses in the evening because we know students are busy and often can’t immediately change their entire schedule when starting Nursing school.
Once you begin your Core Nursing courses, your schedule will shift to daytime classes.
As of 2020, there were 67,340 RNs employed in Virginia. RN employment in Virginia is projected to grow by 8% from 2020-2030. This is faster than the expected average growth of RN employment in the United States, which the BLS estimates will grow 6% from 2021 to 2031. Updated August 2023: Source
To become a nurse in VA, prospective students must complete a state-approved nursing program. Tuition fees for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) range anywhere from $40,000 to over $100,000.
Additional Fees in Virginia:
- $190 Application
- $200 Examination
If you fail your first attempt at the NCLEX Exam, you may retake it after 45 days from your original test date. You may retest up to 8 times per year.