Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program

Career Opportunities in Nursing

Graduates of the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program currently work for a variety of businesses, including hospitals,
nursing homes, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, clinics, health departments, public schools and civil service agencies.
Job Outlook

The Virginia Partnership for Nursing predicts that the demand for nurses soon will exceed the available supply by more than 30 percent and the Virginia Employment Commission notes that there are more than 2,500 job openings for registered nurses, the most of any job requiring an associate’s degree. The aging of the baby boom generation coupled with the recent decrease in applications to nursing schools have prompted employers to offer increased salaries and sign-on bonuses in order to attract qualified registered nurses.
Salary Range

The average entry level salary for registered nurses in Southwest Virginia is $33,922, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. More experienced nurses in our region earn an average of $50,058 and can expect to make as much as $48,874 each year. Nationwide, average salaries for registered nurses range from $37,000 to $65,000.

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