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2021 Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

4 Colleges
$18,357 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$99,228 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate School for You

Out of the majors we analyze each year, nursing was the most popular one in Virginia. In total, 6,650 people earned a degree or certificate in the field from a school in Virginia.

It's not easy to decide which healthcare program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Virginia to see which graduate certificate programs offered the best value experiences for nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for nursing majors pursuing a graduate certificate.

Best Virginia Schools for Affordable Quality for a Postbaccalaureate Certificates in Nursing

#1

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Our 2021 rankings named Shenandoah University the best value school in Virginia for nursing students working on their graduate certificate. Shenandoah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Winchester.

Shenandoah graduate students pay an average of $22,665 in in-state tuition and fees each year.

Shenandoah not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #2 on our Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia list.

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#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend George Mason University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia list. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

In-state tuition fees for graduate students at GMU are $15,648 per year.

GMU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia list.

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#3

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

The excellent graduate certificate programs at Marymount University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in Virginia. Marymount is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Arlington.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state graduate student at Marymount are $19,296 a year.

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#4

South University, Richmond

Glen Allen, VA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South University, Richmond. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in Virginia list. South University, Richmond is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Glen Allen.

In-state tuition fees for graduate students at South University, Richmond are $15,819 per year.

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Best Value Nursing Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Value Nursing Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 18,904
North Carolina 7,453
Georgia 7,379
Tennessee 5,664
Alabama 6,743
Mississippi 2,876
Louisiana 3,193
Kentucky 5,348
West Virginia 1,530
South Carolina 3,394
Arkansas 2,869

One of 34 majors within the healthcare area of study, nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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