Nursing Schools in Washington

Nursing schools in Washington offer students the opportunity to receive a Certificate, Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADS) or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN). Programs take between two and four years to complete based on the type of education one pursues. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) as well as complete an accredited program in order to be able to receive a license in Washington. Visit the nursing schools page for additional information on education and careers.

Registered Nurses in Washington can make a salary between $52,000 to $105,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Washington.

  • Walla Walla: $75,000
  • Mount Vernon, Anacortes: $74,000
  • Seattle, Bellevue, Everett: $85,000
  • Tacoma, Lakewood: $82,000
  • Spokane, Spokane Valley: $78,000

Average Income for a Nurse in Washington

EmploymentMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
Washington Nurse55,350$38.52$80,120
State Average3,307,800$20.87$43,409.60
National Average153,156,000$17.82$37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $38.52
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Nurse's in Washington Compared to Median Income Averages

+85% Above State Median Income

+116% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Washington take home an average 38.52 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Washington average $80,120 which is 85% above the state median income and 116% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.09% of the working population in Washington and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Washington.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in Washington By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Everett Community CollegeEverett, WALPNeverettcc.edu
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Clover Park Technical CollegeLakewood, WALPNcptc.edu
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Lower Columbia CollegeLongview, WALPNlowercolumbia.edu
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Walla Walla Community CollegeWalla Walla, WALPNwwcc.edu
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Wenatchee Valley CollegeWenatchee, WALPNwvc.edu
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Spokane Community CollegeSpokane, WALPNspokane.edu
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Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakima, WALPNyvcc.edu
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South Seattle Community CollegeSeattle, WALPNsouthseattle.edu
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North Seattle Community CollegeSeattle, WALPNnorthseattle.edu
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Skagit Valley CollegeMount Vernon, WALPNskagit.edu
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Olympic CollegeBremerton, WALPNolympic.edu
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Grays Harbor CollegeAberdeen, WALPNghc.edu
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Columbia Basin CollegePasco, WALPNcolumbiabasin.edu
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Edmonds Community CollegeLynnwood, WALPNedcc.edu
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South Puget Sound Community CollegeOlympia, WALPNspscc.edu
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Big Bend Community CollegeMoses Lake, WALPNbigbend.edu
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Centralia CollegeCentralia, WALPNcentralia.edu
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Bellingham Technical CollegeBellingham, WALPNbtc.edu
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Heritage UniversityToppenish, WALPNheritage.edu
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Lake Washington Institute of TechnologyKirkland, WALPNlwtech.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Washington By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Clark CollegeVancouver, WAADN-RNclark.edu
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Walla Walla Community CollegeWalla Walla, WAADN-RNwwcc.edu
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Everett Community CollegeEverett, WAADN-RNeverettcc.edu
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Lower Columbia CollegeLongview, WAADN-RNlowercolumbia.edu
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Tacoma Community CollegeTacoma, WAADN-RNtacomacc.edu
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Shoreline Community CollegeShoreline, WAADN-RNshoreline.edu
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Spokane Community CollegeSpokane, WAADN-RNspokane.edu
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Bellevue CollegeBellevue, WAADN-RNbellevuecollege.edu
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Lake Washington Institute of TechnologyKirkland, WAADN-RNlwtech.edu
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Olympic CollegeBremerton, WAADN-RNolympic.edu
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Bellingham Technical CollegeBellingham, WAADN-RNbtc.edu
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Highline Community CollegeDes Moines, WAADN-RNhighline.edu
North Seattle Community CollegeSeattle, WAADN-RNnorthseattle.edu
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Seattle Central Community CollegeSeattle, WAADN-RNseattlecentral.edu
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Wenatchee Valley CollegeWenatchee, WAADN-RNwvc.edu
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Skagit Valley CollegeMount Vernon, WAADN-RNskagit.edu
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Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakima, WAADN-RNyvcc.edu
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Columbia Basin CollegePasco, WAADN-RNcolumbiabasin.edu
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Renton Technical CollegeRenton, WAADN-RNrtc.edu
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Whatcom Community CollegeBellingham, WAADN-RNctc.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Washington By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Washington State UniversityPullman, WABSNwsu.edu
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University of Washington - Bothell CampusBothell, WABSNuwb.edu
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Seattle UniversitySeattle, WABSNseattleu.edu
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University of Washington - Seattle CampusSeattle, WABSNwashington.edu
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University of Washington - Tacoma CampusTacoma, WABSNtacoma.uw.edu
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Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacoma, WABSNplu.edu
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Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattle, WABSNspu.edu
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Eastern Washington UniversityCheney, WABSNewu.edu
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Walla Walla UniversityCollege Place, WABSNwallawalla.edu
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Gonzaga UniversitySpokane, WABSNgonzaga.edu
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Northwest UniversityKirkland, WABSNnorthwestu.edu
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Olympic CollegeBremerton, WABSNolympic.edu
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Western Washington UniversityBellingham, WABSNwwu.edu
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Saint Martin's UniversityLacey, WABSNstmartin.edu
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Whitworth UniversitySpokane, WABSNwhitworth.edu
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Bellevue CollegeBellevue, WABSNbellevuecollege.edu
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Washington By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Gonzaga UniversitySpokane, WAMSNgonzaga.edu
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University of Washington - Seattle CampusSeattle, WAMSNwashington.edu
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University of Washington - Bothell CampusBothell, WAMSNuwb.edu
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Washington State UniversityPullman, WAMSNwsu.edu
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University of Washington - Tacoma CampusTacoma, WAMSNtacoma.uw.edu
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Seattle UniversitySeattle, WAMSNseattleu.edu
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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.