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Washington LPN Programs

Browse our list of state approved LPN certification programs

Washington Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Overview

A career as a Licensed Practical Nurse is a great choice for a person that is interested in medicine and also enjoys caring for people. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse requires a training program as well as being certified in the State of Washington. There are many places to obtain LPN training in Washington, as well as many job opportunities for practical nurses.

The most popular place to take an LPN training course is at a community college. Washington has a number of different junior colleges to choose from. There are also Licensed Practical Nursing programs available through online colleges; some of these programs might be accepted by the state, but they lack the hands-on training that a community college program provides. The hands-on clinical practice is essential because it will be challenged on the NCLEX-PN exam, which is why it should be incorporated into any good LPN training program.

Some community colleges in Washington have education pre-requisites that must be completed before enrolling in an LPN program. An example of pre-requisite courses might include: Intro to Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Developmental Psychology, and English Composition. The actual Licensed Practical Nursing program is 4 quarters are requires 78 credits for completion. After successfully graduating, the practical nurse candidate will need to pass the NCLEX-PN examination to receive their license from the state of Washington.

Licensed Practical Nurses are in high demand throughout Washington state and future job growth is expected to continue growing for at least the next eight years. Practical nurses typically work at hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care centers, clinics, and in private home-care settings. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Washington will position the individual to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the health care field.

Many Licensed Practical nurses in Washington work 40 hours a week. Hours and shifts may vary depending on the place of employment. Some hospital shifts might be 12 hours long for 3 days straight, while a shift at a doctor’s office might be 8 hours long for a 5-day stretch. Licensed Practical Nurses receive above average salaries for the level of education required for entry into the profession. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities tend to pay the highest wages. Currently the average annual salary for an LPN in Washington is about $44,000.

List of LPN Programs in Washington (WA)

Bates Technical College PN Program

1101 S Yakima
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 680-7000

Bellingham Technical College

3028 Lindburgh Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 752-7000

Big Bend Community College Nursing Department

7662 Chanute St.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
(509) 793-2222

Centralia College Nursing Program

600 W Locust
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-9391

Clover Park Technical College Nursing Department

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 589-5800

Columbia Basin College Nursing Program

2600 N 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 547-0511

Everett Community College Nursing Department

2000 Tower St.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 388-9100

Grays Harbor Community College Nursing Department

1620 Edward P Smith Drive
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 532-9020

Green River Community College Nursing Department

12401 SE 320th St.
Auburn, WA 98092
(253) 833-9111

Heritage College Nursing Program

3240 Fort Rd.
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-8500

Lake Washington Technical College Nursing Program

11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 739-8100

Lower Columbia College School of Nursing

1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 442-2860

North Seattle Community College Nursing Program

9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 587-4100

Olympic College Nursing Program

1600 Chester Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98377
(360) 792-6050

Renton Technical College Nursing Program

3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 235-2352

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island

1900 SE Pioneer Way
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 679-5323

South Puget Sound Community College School of Nursing

2011 Mottman Rd. SE
Olympia, WA 98512
(360) 754-7711

South Seattle Community College Nursing Program

6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 768-6414

Spokane Community College Nursing Education

1810 N Greene St. MS 2090
Spokane, WA 99217
(509) 533-7000

Walla Walla Community College Nursing Education

500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 527-4240

Wenatchee Valley College Nursing Program

1300 5th Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 682-6800

Yakima Valley Community College Nursing Program

PO Box 22520
Yakima, WA 98907
(509) 422-7800

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Washington LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Washington schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Washington state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Washington

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Washington

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Washington Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Washington as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Washington

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Washington state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Washington Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses