Virginia Beach Trade Schools

Advanced Technology Institute

Several skilled trades education programs are available at the Advanced Technology Institute’s main campus in Virginia Beach, VA. Courses at this location include automotive technology, maritime welding, HVAC and refrigeration technician training, and heavy vehicle technology for aspiring diesel mechanics.

  • 5700 Southern Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Centura College

In addition to offering convenient online courses, Centura College Virginia Beach has several on-campus labs where students can gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields. Those pursuing diplomas and degrees in medical assisting, biomedical equipment technology, HVAC, and radiologic technology have access to their own workshops and labs at this location.

  • 2697 Dean Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23452

ECPI University

Students hoping to work in the technology, nursing, health science, business and criminal justice, and culinary arts industries can earn the necessary diplomas and degrees at ECPI’s Virginia Beach campus. In addition to receiving quality instruction from qualified faculty members, students at this location have access to several on-site labs where they can perfect their skills.

  • 5501 Greenwich Rd., Ste 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Empire Beauty Schools

Virginia Beach residents can get started in an exciting, growing field by enrolling in the Empire Beauty School. At the Virginia Beach, VA, branch, aspiring cosmetologists receive hands-on instruction in hair cutting, hair styling, nail services, skincare, and more while enrolled in the cosmetology program.

  • 116 S Independence Blvd., Ste 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Paul Mitchell Schools

Rudy and Kelly Academy, a Paul Mitchell partner school in Virginia Beach, VA, offers a comprehensive cosmetology course for students pursuing careers in the beauty industry. Paul Mitchell School Virginia Beach teaches the latest cosmetology trends and techniques and allows students to practice their skills on regular clients and walk-in customers.

  • 1920 Centerville Turnpike #114, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a liberal arts college offering many undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located north of Tampa, FL, the main campus has an enrollment of over 2,200 students. Total registration in online courses and at centers in other states is nearly 15,000. The school is the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida.

  • 1481 D Street, Building 3016 Virginia Beach, VA 23459

South University

South University’s Virginia Beach, VA, campus was founded in 2009. Located conveniently near Interstate 264, the campus extends over 32,600 square feet and includes a range of labs and classrooms designed to support learning in healthcare and technology.

Classes cater to different schedules with offerings during both day and night, reflecting the school’s commitment to teaching a diverse group of students. The dedicated team at this campus focuses on guiding students toward their educational and career goals.

For those interested in healthcare, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program gives students the tools to become compassionate and skilled healthcare workers. The coursework combines knowledge from sciences and health studies to prepare students for a professional life in healthcare.

Technology enthusiasts can go for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This program is structured around providing a deep understanding of how information technology supports businesses and organizations. With this course, students stand a chance to gain skills that are valuable in different IT roles across varied industries.

  • 301 Bendix Rd Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Strayer University

Programs at Strayer University include criminal justice, business, public administration, health services and information technology. Students who enroll at the school’s Virginia Beach campus can take in-person courses with qualified instructors or attend online classes to obtain a certificate, undergrad, or graduate-level degree in their chosen field.

  • 222 Central Park Ave, Suite 210 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

The Art Institutes

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach lets students earn degrees or certificates in visual arts, music, culinary arts, and design. Since this campus is in the heart of the city’s bustling arts district, students can get hands-on experience painting murals, volunteering at restaurants and food trucks, and performing at festivals to build their portfolios and find potential jobs after graduation.

  • 2 Columbus Center, 4500 Main St., Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Advanced Technology Institute

At the Advanced Technology Institute’s Norfolk, VA campus, students can take accredited classes that prepare them to earn their Class A CDL driver’s license and begin their commercial driving careers. During this diploma program, you learn about the ins and outs of the trucking and transportation industry, including how to safely operate tractor-trailer vehicles.

  • 994 Scott St. Norfolk, VA 23502

Centura College

Students can enroll in various business, skilled trades, and health science courses at Centura College’s Norfolk, VA campus. Healthcare diploma and degree programs at this location include medical assisting, billing and coding, and dental assisting. Wind turbine technician, construction electrician, and carpentry certificates are available at this school as well.

  • 7020 N Military Hwy. Norfolk, VA 23518

ECPI University

ECPI’s Norfolk, VA, location provides a range of culinary arts programs to help students qualify for jobs in the city’s thriving restaurant and tourism industries. Enroll in a program on this campus to obtain a certificate in culinary or baking and pastry arts, or consider a culinary nutrition or food service management degree.

  • 2428 Almeda Ave. 106 Norfolk, VA 23513

FORTIS College

Fortis College’s Norfolk, Virginia campus, formerly known as the Virginia Career Institute since its establishment in 1975, has a rich history. Serving the greater Tidewater area, Fortis College Norfolk is dedicated to providing top-notch career education and training in various fields, including nursing, medical, dental, and allied healthcare programs.

Fortis College offers both an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and a Practical Nursing (PN) program in the nursing department. The ADN program stands out for its hybrid approach, blending online classes with hands-on education to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. For LPN aspirants, the PN program provides comprehensive training, equipping students with the skills needed to excel in entry-level positions in practical nursing.

In allied healthcare, Fortis College Norfolk offers medical assisting, dental assisting, and massage therapy programs. Students in these programs benefit from hands-on training and practical experience, preparing them to meet the demands of real-world scenarios. Graduates emerge ready to make a difference in their respective fields, whether assisting dentists chairside or providing compassionate patient care in medical settings.

Moreover, the massage therapy program prepares students for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing examination, covering fundamental aspects of massage techniques, anatomy, physiology, and more. With a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical instruction, Fortis College Norfolk ensures its graduates are well-equipped to succeed in their chosen careers, contributing to the healthcare landscape of the Tidewater region.

  • 6300 Center Dr., Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502


Arizona College of Nursing

With a location in Chesapeake, Virginia, the Arizona College of Nursing’s regional campus offers a vibrant and supportive environment for aspiring nurses. Offering a comprehensive 3-year BSN program, the campus provides students an affordable pathway to a successful nursing career.

The Chesapeake campus streamlines the transfer credit process and offers evening classes for foundational general education coursework during the first year. This strategic approach enables students to earn their BSN in just three years, accelerating their entry into nursing. With accreditation from CCNE and ABHES, the college upholds rigorous standards, ensuring a quality education.

Generous scholarships, with awards of up to $15,000, further alleviate financial barriers for students, making high-quality education accessible to all. Hands-on simulations and real-world clinical experiences enrich the learning journey, equipping students with the practical skills essential for success in the nursing field. Integrated NCLEX exam preparation, personalized study plans, and dedicated classes ensure students are well-prepared to excel in their licensure examinations.

Located in the heart of Chesapeake, the campus serves students from the surrounding areas, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth. With a focus on student success, the Chesapeake campus offers 24/7 tutoring and robust support services. Led by experienced nursing professionals, the faculty provides top-notch education and mentorship, guiding students toward their goals in the nursing profession.

  • 545 Belaire Ave Chesapeake Chesapeake, VA 23320

Centura College
Centura College operates six campuses and offers training in Health Sciences, Business, Technology, and Skilled Trades.

  • 932 Ventures Way Chesapeake, VA 23320

Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a liberal arts college offering many undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located north of Tampa, FL, the main campus has an enrollment of over 2,200 students. Total registration in online courses and at centers in other states is nearly 15,000. The school is the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida.

  • 1434 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 175 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Strayer University

Strayer University is a private college that offers online and in-person programs from associate's to master's levels. The school has locations in over 15 different states. Degree options include business and criminal justice. SU has a mission to teach students the skills they need to grow and thrive.

  • 676 Independence Place, Suite 300 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Tidewater Community College

Established in 1968, Tidewater Community College (TCC) has been a vital institution in southeastern Virginia, providing accessible and affordable education. Part of Virginia’s Community College System, TCC serves a diverse student body of over 30,000 annually with associate degrees in fields like Business Administration, Healthcare, and Information Technology, alongside certificates in Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, and more specialized areas. The college’s flexible class schedules cater to both traditional and non-traditional students, offering morning, afternoon, evening, and online courses. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), TCC ensures that its programs meet rigorous academic standards, supporting students through real-world learning experiences such as externships and clinical placements. With an open admissions policy and varied tuition rates depending on residency, TCC strives to make quality education accessible to all who seek to advance their careers.

  • 1428 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322