During 1993, the School of Nursing (SON) celebrated the Centennial year of the founding of the hospital nursing program from which it evolved, Virginia Hospital Training School. The program operated as a diploma program until 1953 when a four-year baccalaureate program was initiated. In the late 1970's, efforts were made to increase the flexibility of the undergraduate program for registered nurses; in 1979, an evening option was begun and in 1989 a weekend track was implemented. In 1968, the first master's degree program in nursing in Virginia was implemented at MCV. In 1974, a certificate family nurse practitioner program was begun. Certificate nurse practitioner programs were added in obstetrics-gynecology (1975), and pediatrics (1976). In 1983, the nurse practitioner programs were moved into the master's framework and subsequently tracks were added. In January 1986, a Ph.D. program in nursing was approved for implementation in fall 1986.
The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
and was last accredited in 2010.