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Washington RN Programs

Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs

Earn your ADN degree or BSN degree in Washington

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Washington

Nursing is one of the most competitive college programs in the country. Getting into a nursing program can be difficult due to limited enrollment, but it is also very rewarding. In Washington State, there are a lot of different options for getting into nursing school, so the most important consideration is which program is the best fit for you. When determining which program is the best fit for you, you will want to understand what course work is required, what the state of Washington’s licensing requirements are, and the availability of the program.

The average RN salary in Washington is $96,980 a year, or $50 an hour. Some general course requirements for RN programs in Washington include around 28 credits of general education including Philosophy, Religious Studies, English, Statistics, Literature, Biology and Social or Behavioral Sciences. Once you have completed some general requirements, you will need to fulfill about 28 more credits of lower division nursing requirements, which include the basics of nursing. Most programs also require you to complete the same amount of upper division nursing requirements such as Professional Communication, Holistic Health, Centered Health Care and other classes related to health care. It’s also required to take some upper division classes that give you opportunities to put nursing into practice by working in a hospital. Of course, requirements can vary by school, but in Washington, these are some requirements that can be generally expected.

Another thing to consider is Washington’s RN licensing requirements. Once you are done with school, it is necessary to obtain proper licensing so you can practice as a registered nurse. In order to get a license in Washington, you have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam, fill out a series of applications and complete a criminal background check. Once your application has gone through the review process and you have completed the background check, you can obtain a license. One thing to consider is not all programs are considered accredited and accepted by the licensing division, so before you choose a program, make sure that the nursing licensing division recognizes your program as an approved nursing program.

Another thing to consider before applying is the availability of the programs. Some programs have a lot of students apply and only a few are accepted. One way to avoid running into this problem is to contact someone in charge of admissions before you start applying to see how many incoming students will be accepted into the program. You can also inquire as to what admissions personnel look for in an applicant, so that you can better prepare and craft your application to increase your chances of being accepted. If you don’t feel like you are a good fit for a specific program, it is better not to waste your time applying, and to put your energy towards applying for a program that is right for you.

Associates Degree RN Programs in Washington

Bellevue Community College

Main Campus, Rm R140-A
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: (425) 564-1000

Bellingham Technical College

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

Big Bend Community College

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

Centralia Community College

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

Clark College

1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: (360) 992-2000

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 589-5800

Columbia Basin College

2600 N 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: (509) 372-7680

Everett Community College

2000 Tower St.
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 388-9463

Grays Harbor Community College

1620 Edward P Smith Drive
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: (360) 538-4148

Highline Community College

PO Box 98000
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-3710, x3471

Lake Washington Technical College

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

Lower Columbia College

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

North Seattle Community College

9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 527-3600

Olympic College

1600 Chester Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98377
Phone: (360) 394-2760

Peninsula College

1502 East Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 417-6455

Pierce College – Puyallup

1601 39th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
Phone: (253) 864-3272

Renton Technical College

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

Seattle Central Community College

1701 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 587-4123

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: (206) 546-4743

Skagit Valley College – Mt Vernon

2405 E. College Way
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-7875

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd. SE
Olympia, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 768-6414

South Seattle Community College

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

Spokane Community College

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

Tacoma Community College

6501 S 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 566-5000

Walla Walla Community College

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

Wenatchee Valley College

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

Whatcom Community College

237 West Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98237
Phone: (360) 676-2170

Yakima Valley Community College

N. 16th & Nob Hill Blvd
Yakima, WA 98907
Phone: (509) 574-4902

Accredited Washington RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Washington. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Washington State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Washington Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Washington, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

BSN Degree RN Programs in Washington

Gonzaga University

502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (800) 986-9585

Northwest University

Buntain School of Nursing
5520 108th Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: (425) 822-8266

Pacific Lutheran University

School of Nursing – Ramstad 214
Tacoma, WA 98447
Phone: (253) 535-7672

Seattle Pacific University

Lydia Green Nursing Program
3307 3rd Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: (206) 281-2233

Seattle University

College of Nursing
901-12 Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 296-5660

University of Washington

School of Nursing Box 357260
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543-8736

Walla Walla University

School of Nursing
10345 SE Market St.
Portland, OR 97216
Phone: (800) 541-8900

Washington State University

Intercollegiate College of Nursing
2917 W Ft George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 358-7978

Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students in Washington

Washington Board of Nursing
Washington State Nurses Association
Washington Center For Nursing Scholarships, Loans & Grants
Kings County Nurses Association Scholarships
Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship
Washington Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship Fund
Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship
Rainier Olympic Nurses Association Scholarships
Northwest Region Nurses Association Scholarships