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LPN to RN Programs in Washington

ADN and LPN to RN programs in the state of Washington are often set up as "transfer" degrees.  This means that the schools have articulation agreements with four-year colleges and the prerequisites for the programs ensure that the student will be ready for a four-year education.  After graduation, the student can transfer to a four-year college and earn their BSN in one year.

 

Washington Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon the completion of an approved nursing program, candidates will be required to verify program completion. This must be done before he/she can be granted authorization to take the NCLEX exam. The applicant will be responsible for an $88 nonrefundable application fee. There is a $200 registration fee that will be paid to Pearson VUE to register for the exam. When the candidate has received authorization to test (ATT), he/she will schedule the exam. After this, the candidate will verify the licensure online before receiving a paper copy.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in Washington by endorsement. They will be required to submit a criminal background check through fingerprinting. If the registered nurse as an active license, he/she must submit verification of licensure and transcripts from an accredited nursing program. Candidates may work under a temporary permit that will allow them to work while the background check is being processed. Nurses who do not have an active license will be required to take part in a refresher course.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Registered nurses who obtained licensure outside of the United States will need to have an educational evaluation performed by an approved organization. The applicant will also be required to attest to having had AIDS training.

Total Schools: 34

Ranked Schools: 28

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.962199.24%

Whatcom Community College

237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA - 98226 (360) 383-3000

Whatcom Community College is located in Bellingham, Washington.  WCC offers an ADN program.  They are proud to boast that 3 out of the past 4 years, 100% of their graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN on the first time.  Their ADN degree allows students to transfer to any university after graduation and complete their BSN in one year.

Campus: Bellingham, WA
Net Price: $6,740.00
Enrollment: 4,427
Transfer Out Rate: 12.50%
Loan Default Rate: $14.30
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.88%
Graduation Rate: 31.40%
Median Borrowing: 7,666.00%
Median Payment: 80.04%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.947198.94%

Big Bend Community College

7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA - 98837-3299 (509) 793-2222

Big Bend Community College is located in Moses Lake, Washington.  They offer a career ladder program.  The program allows students to become a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) after the first quarter, an LPN after the third quarter and an ADN at the completion of the program.

Campus: Moses Lake, WA
Net Price: $6,629.00
Enrollment: 1,991
Transfer Out Rate: 14.30%
Loan Default Rate: $23.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.03%
Graduation Rate: 33.10%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8465196.93%

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA - 98133-5696 (206) 546-4101

Shoreline Community College is located in Shoreline, Washington.  They offer an ADN program with 2 options – a six-quarter option and a ten-quarter option.  The six-quarter option means that the student graduates in six semesters and the 10-quarter option means the student graduates in ten semesters.  The 10-quarter option is ideal for students who have other obligations or have not done well in a full-time nursing program.

Campus: Shoreline, WA
Net Price: $8,303.00
Enrollment: 5,937
Transfer Out Rate: 20.70%
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.59%
Graduation Rate: 26.40%
Median Borrowing: 6,776.00%
Median Payment: 70.75%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7495194.99%

North Seattle College

9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA - 98103-3599 (206) 934-3600

North Seattle College is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer an LPN program or an LPN-RN Career ladder program.  Students in the LPN program do not need to reapply for the RN program if they successfully pass the NCLEX-PN; the program is designed so that the LPN can work part-time and attend school for their RN.

Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $4,579.00
Enrollment: 6,118
Transfer Out Rate: 34.70%
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.34%
Graduation Rate: 24.60%
Median Borrowing: 3,800.00%
Median Payment: 39.68%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.747194.94%

Peninsula College

1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA - 98362 (360) 452-9277

Peninsula College is located in Port Angeles, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  They offer advanced placement for LPNs, but only if spaces allow in the program – they do not have spaces available for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Peninsula College offers dozens of scholarships to its nursing students for those that apply.

Campus: Port Angeles, WA
Net Price: $7,290.00
Enrollment: 2,405
Transfer Out Rate: 13.00%
Loan Default Rate: $25.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $35.91%
Graduation Rate: 27.80%
Median Borrowing: 8,667.00%
Median Payment: 90.49%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.733194.66%

Yakima Valley Community College

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA - 98907-2520 (509) 574-4600

Yakima Valley Community College is located in Yakima, Washington.  Their program is a career ladder program; students who complete the first four semesters are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, and then students who complete all six semesters can take the NCLEX-RN.  It is anticipated that in the near future, YVCC will have a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) with one or more universities, which will allow students to quickly progress to earning their BSN degree.

Campus: Yakima, WA
Net Price: $6,834.00
Enrollment: 4,105
Transfer Out Rate: 14.60%
Loan Default Rate: $16.10
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.14%
Graduation Rate: 25.30%
Median Borrowing: 8,350.00%
Median Payment: 87.18%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6775193.55%

Everett Community College

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

Everett Community College is located in Everett, Washington.  They have been educating nurses since 1941.  Graduates from their program earn an AAS-T degree, allowing them to easily transfer to a four-year college, as many will go on to earn their BSN degree.

Campus: Everett, WA
Net Price: $7,600.00
Enrollment: 7,154
Transfer Out Rate: 21.30%
Loan Default Rate: $11.40
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.67%
Graduation Rate: 26.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,333.00%
Median Payment: 76.56%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.653193.06%

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA - 98034-8506 (425) 739-8100

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is located in Kirkland, Washington.  The program offers a practical nursing program and an RN program; the RN program gives the student an AAS-T degree upon completion, which allows the student the ability to easily transfer to a 4-year college in order to ear their BSN.  When space is available, the program accepts working LPNs, although there is currently not space available at this time.

Campus: Kirkland, WA
Net Price: $6,049.00
Enrollment: 3,819
Transfer Out Rate: 20.80%
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.18%
Graduation Rate: 20.10%
Median Borrowing: 10,671.00%
Median Payment: 111.42%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6005192.01%

Bellevue College

3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA - 98007-6484 (425) 564-1000

Bellevue College is located in Bellevue, Washington.  Their program consists of a Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Training Program, an ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer an RN refresher program, which is available for students who have been out of the workforce and need to brush up on their nursing skills.

Campus: Bellevue, WA
Net Price: $7,503.00
Enrollment: 13,820
Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
Loan Default Rate: $8.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.25%
Graduation Rate: 24.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,848.00%
Median Payment: 92.38%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.57191.40%

Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, WA - 98122 (206) 934-3800

Seattle Central College is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer an ADN program with a DTA (direct transfer degree), which allows the student to transfer to a four-year college after graduation.  SCC began as Seattle’s first community college in 1966 and is the sixth largest community college in the country.

Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $5,512.00
Enrollment: 7,110
Transfer Out Rate: 30.00%
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $53.88%
Graduation Rate: 24.70%
Median Borrowing: 6,117.00%
Median Payment: 63.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.56191.20%

Grays Harbor College

1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA - 98520-7599 (360) 532-9020

Grays Harbor College is located in Aberdeen, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  Students in the program who take the course “Personal and Vocational Relationships” within the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN while in the program.  There also is an LPN to RN program, but only if there is space available in the program.

Campus: Aberdeen, WA
Net Price: $5,769.00
Enrollment: 1,958
Transfer Out Rate: 7.70%
Loan Default Rate: $27.40
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.38%
Graduation Rate: 37.40%
Median Borrowing: 7,467.00%
Median Payment: 77.96%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5525191.05%

Walla Walla Community College

500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA - 99362-9267 (509) 522-2500

Walla Walla Community College is located in Walla Walla, Washington.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  The program is a transfer degree program, where the degree transfers to certain universities and the student will only need to complete one year of schooling in order to earn their BSN.

Campus: Walla Walla, WA
Net Price: $6,997.00
Enrollment: 5,109
Transfer Out Rate: 15.10%
Loan Default Rate: $18.60
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.99%
Graduation Rate: 37.50%
Median Borrowing: 9,633.00%
Median Payment: 100.58%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5455190.91%

Columbia Basin College

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

Columbia Basin College is located in Pasco, Washington.  They offer an LPN and an ADN program.  The program is designed as a career ladder program – the student first earns their LPN, then can exit it they’d like, or continue for their ADN degree.

Campus: Pasco, WA
Net Price: $8,038.00
Enrollment: 6,480
Transfer Out Rate: 16.20%
Loan Default Rate: $11.40
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $22.01%
Graduation Rate: 26.40%
Median Borrowing: 7,932.00%
Median Payment: 82.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5190.00%

Skagit Valley College

2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA - 98273 (360) 416-7600

Skagit Valley College is located in Mount Vernon, Washington.  They offer an ADN degree.  They also offer an LPN to RN program.  The LPN to RN program is part-time.  Both degrees are designed to be transfer programs, enabling the nurse to transfer to a four-year college to earn their BSN.

Campus: Mount Vernon, WA
Net Price: $8,199.00
Enrollment: 4,790
Transfer Out Rate: 17.60%
Loan Default Rate: $17.90
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $19.64%
Graduation Rate: 18.30%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.448188.96%

Lower Columbia College

1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA - 98632-0310 (360) 442-2311
Campus: Longview, WA
Net Price: $5,399.00
Enrollment: 3,152
Transfer Out Rate: 14.70%
Loan Default Rate: $24.70
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-6.10%
Graduation Rate: 30.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,718.00%
Median Payment: 91.03%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.422188.44%

Olympic College

1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA - 98337-1699 (360) 792-6050
Campus: Bremerton, WA
Net Price: $5,316.00
Enrollment: 7,329
Transfer Out Rate: 19.80%
Loan Default Rate: $15.20
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.89%
Graduation Rate: 21.50%
Median Borrowing: 8,444.00%
Median Payment: 88.16%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4065188.13%

Wenatchee Valley College

1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA - 98801-1799 (509) 682-6800
Campus: Wenatchee, WA
Net Price: $6,694.00
Enrollment: 3,619
Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
Loan Default Rate: $24.60
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.68%
Graduation Rate: 27.20%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.398187.96%

Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA - 98663-3598 (360) 992-2000
Campus: Vancouver, WA
Net Price: $6,659.00
Enrollment: 11,462
Transfer Out Rate: 16.90%
Loan Default Rate: $19.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $15.09%
Graduation Rate: 24.20%
Median Borrowing: 7,650.00%
Median Payment: 79.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3755187.51%

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA - 98512-6292 (360) 596-5241
Campus: Olympia, WA
Net Price: $7,325.00
Enrollment: 4,938
Transfer Out Rate: 19.20%
Loan Default Rate: $20.90
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $28.60%
Graduation Rate: 28.50%
Median Borrowing: 6,575.00%
Median Payment: 68.65%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.328186.56%

Spokane Community College

1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, WA - 99217-5399 (509) 533-8020
Campus: Spokane, WA
Net Price: $5,017.00
Enrollment: 6,731
Transfer Out Rate: 19.50%
Loan Default Rate: $27.30
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.57%
Graduation Rate: 25.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,247.00%
Median Payment: 96.55%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2505185.01%

Centralia College

600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA - 98531-4099 36073712
Campus: Centralia, WA
Net Price: $6,681.00
Enrollment: 3,453
Transfer Out Rate: 20.10%
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.36%
Graduation Rate: 40.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 22 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.22184.40%

Highline Community College

2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA - 98198-9800 (206) 878-3710
Campus: Des Moines, WA
Net Price: $7,772.00
Enrollment: 6,612
Transfer Out Rate: 21.70%
Loan Default Rate: $17.10
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.91%
Graduation Rate: 31.80%
Median Borrowing: 7,003.00%
Median Payment: 73.12%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8585177.17%

Seattle Community College-South Campus

6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA - 98106-1499 (206) 934-5300
Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $6,502.00
Enrollment: 4,951
Transfer Out Rate: 30.10%
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.63%
Graduation Rate: 28.80%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 24 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8165176.33%

Tacoma Community College

6501 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA - 98466-6100 (253) 566-5000
Campus: Tacoma, WA
Net Price: $5,453.00
Enrollment: 7,146
Transfer Out Rate: 19.60%
Loan Default Rate: $13.30
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.50%
Graduation Rate: 26.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 25 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.7995175.99%

Renton Technical College

3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA - 98056-4123 (425) 235-2352
Campus: Renton, WA
Net Price: $7,030.00
Enrollment: 3,338
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $16.30
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.87%
Graduation Rate: 60.80%
Median Borrowing: 6,334.00%
Median Payment: 66.13%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 26 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6645173.29%

Bellingham Technical College

3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA - 98225-1599 (360) 752-7000
Campus: Bellingham, WA
Net Price: $4,352.00
Enrollment: 2,258
Transfer Out Rate: 5.80%
Loan Default Rate: $24.30
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-35.32%
Graduation Rate: 42.30%
Median Borrowing: 11,000.00%
Median Payment: 114.85%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 27 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6172.00%

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA - 98499-4004 (253) 589-5800
Campus: Lakewood, WA
Net Price: $4,595.00
Enrollment: 3,720
Transfer Out Rate: 15.30%
Loan Default Rate: $18.70
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.63%
Graduation Rate: 36.50%
Median Borrowing: 10,329.00%
Median Payment: 107.85%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 28 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.5065150.13%

Heritage University

3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA - 98948 (509) 865-8500
Campus: Toppenish, WA
Net Price: $9,734.00
Enrollment: 876
Transfer Out Rate: 23.60%
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-13.64%
Graduation Rate: 15.30%
Median Borrowing: 21,201.00%
Median Payment: 221.36%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Washington

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Pierce College at Puyallup N/A Puyallup, WA ADA, ACEN
N/A Edmonds Community College N/A Lynnwood, WA ADA, ACEN
N/A Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom N/A Lakewood, WA ADA, ACEN
N/A Green River Community College N/A Auburn, WA ADA, ACEN, AOTA, APTA
N/A Spokane Falls Community College N/A Spokane, WA ADA, ACEN, AOTA, APTA
N/A Cascadia Community College N/A Bothell, WA ADA, ACEN, AOTA, APTA

LPN to BSN Programs in Washington

Washington state has more than a 30 accredited nursing programs within the state. There are also various online programs offered to meet the need of busy, working nurses. Distance learned also provides nurses with a similar experience to campus-based learning along with the benefit of working around a busy schedule. An associate’s degree can prepare a nurse with a foundation needed to obtain licensure but a BSN program provides the additional support that is crucial to modern nursing. Courses that may be included in a BSN program include nursing research, leadership, diversity, and professional development.

 

Washington Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon the completion of an approved nursing program, candidates will be required to verify program completion. This must be done before he/she can be granted authorization to take the NCLEX exam. The applicant will be responsible for an $88 nonrefundable application fee. There is a $200 registration fee that will be paid to Pearson VUE to register for the exam. When the candidate has received authorization to test (ATT), he/she will schedule the exam. After this, the candidate will verify the licensure online before receiving a paper copy.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in Washington by endorsement. They will be required to submit a criminal background check through fingerprinting. If the registered nurse as an active license, he/she must submit verification of licensure and transcripts from an accredited nursing program. Candidates may work under a temporary permit that will allow them to work while the background check is being processed. Nurses who do not have an active license will be required to take part in a refresher course.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Registered nurses who obtained licensure outside of the United States will need to have an educational evaluation performed by an approved organization. The applicant will also be required to attest to having had AIDS training.

Total Schools: 13

Ranked Schools: 8

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6805193.61%

Pacific Lutheran University

1010 122nd St So, Tacoma, WA - 98447-0003 (253) 531-6900

Pacific Lutheran University is located in Tacoma, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree, in addition to several graduate degree options.  They also offer an LPN to BSN degree option.  Highly qualified high school seniors may apply for freshman entry into the program.

Campus: Tacoma, WA
Net Price: $24,489.00
Enrollment: 3,142
Loan Default Rate: $2.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.07%
Graduation Rate: 70.40%
Median Borrowing: 25,581.00%
Median Payment: 267.09%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6605193.21%

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA - 98195-4550 (206) 543-2100

University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer a BSN program and an accelerated BSN program; for students seeking an advanced education, they also have several lucrative post-graduate nursing options.  Their nursing department has been in existence since 1918, with their BSN program beginning in 1923.

Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $9,559.00
Enrollment: 29,756
Loan Default Rate: $4.30
Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.38%
Graduation Rate: 81.80%
Median Borrowing: 16,272.00%
Median Payment: 169.90%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6195192.39%

Gonzaga University

E 502 Boone Ave, Spokane, WA - 99258-0001 (509) 328-4220

Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree.  For RNs seeking advancement, they also offer an online RN to MSN degree.  They also offer several other online post-graduate nursing options.  They offer a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), which readies the nurse with a BSN degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

Campus: Spokane, WA
Net Price: $30,181.00
Enrollment: 4,896
Loan Default Rate: $2.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.93%
Graduation Rate: 82.30%
Median Borrowing: 27,000.00%
Median Payment: 281.91%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5855191.71%

Northwest University

5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA - 98083-0579 (425) 822-8266

Northwest University is located in Kirkland, Washington.  They are a Christian university, so they require bible and theology classes for their curriculum.  Their BSN program is unique because they offer their students the opportunity to study abroad in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

Campus: Kirkland, WA
Net Price: $18,923.00
Enrollment: 1,438
Loan Default Rate: $4.60
Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-6.16%
Graduation Rate: 42.90%
Median Borrowing: 15,000.00%
Median Payment: 156.62%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5335190.67%

Walla Walla University

204 S College Ave, College Place, WA - 99324-1198 (509) 527-2615

Walla Walla University is located in College Place, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree.  Although they do not offer specific career ladder programs, they offer individualized options for students interested in an RN to BSN degree or an LPN to BSN degree.

Campus: College Place, WA
Net Price: $22,441.00
Enrollment: 1,686
Loan Default Rate: $4.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-2.14%
Graduation Rate: 44.20%
Median Borrowing: 24,500.00%
Median Payment: 255.81%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.489189.78%

Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA - 98119-1997 (206) 281-2000
Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $25,990.00
Enrollment: 3,366
Loan Default Rate: $1.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $7.62%
Graduation Rate: 69.00%
Median Borrowing: 22,500.00%
Median Payment: 234.93%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3615187.23%

Washington State University

French Administration Building, Pullman, WA - 99164-5910 (509) 335-3564
Campus: Pullman, WA
Net Price: $16,278.00
Enrollment: 23,070
Loan Default Rate: $4.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.12%
Graduation Rate: 65.50%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3525187.05%

Seattle University

900 Broadway, Seattle, WA - 98122-4340 (206) 296-6000
Campus: Seattle, WA
Net Price: $34,340.00
Enrollment: 4,608
Loan Default Rate: $3.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $15.30%
Graduation Rate: 76.60%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Washington

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Eastern Washington University N/A Cheney, WA ADA, AOTA, CCNE, CELPA
N/A Olympic College N/A Bremerton, WA ADA, AOTA, CCNE, CELPA, ACEN, APTA
N/A Whitworth University N/A Spokane, WA ADA, AOTA, CCNE, CELPA, ACEN, APTA, NCATE
N/A University of Washington-Bothell Campus N/A Bothell, WA ADA, AOTA, CCNE, CELPA, ACEN, APTA, NCATE
N/A University of Washington-Tacoma Campus N/A Tacoma, WA ADA, AOTA, CCNE, CELPA, ACEN, APTA, NCATE

Washington Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon the completion of an approved nursing program, candidates will be required to verify program completion. This must be done before he/she can be granted authorization to take the NCLEX exam. The applicant will be responsible for an $88 nonrefundable application fee. There is a $200 registration fee that will be paid to Pearson VUE to register for the exam. When the candidate has received authorization to test (ATT), he/she will schedule the exam. After this, the candidate will verify the licensure online before receiving a paper copy.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in Washington by endorsement. They will be required to submit a criminal background check through fingerprinting. If the registered nurse as an active license, he/she must submit verification of licensure and transcripts from an accredited nursing program. Candidates may work under a temporary permit that will allow them to work while the background check is being processed. Nurses who do not have an active license will be required to take part in a refresher course.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Registered nurses who obtained licensure outside of the United States will need to have an educational evaluation performed by an approved organization. The applicant will also be required to attest to having had AIDS training.

Washington LPN Jobs by City

Washington RN Job Outlook

Health care facilities in Washington are pushing for nurses that are baccalaureate-prepared. A lot of nursing schools in Washington work in collaboration with health care facilities to ensure that a high level of education is provided which will ultimately result in well educated and highly skilled nursing workforce. Nurses who have obtained a BSN have the ability to provide education resources for nursing students and newly licensed nurses. Certifications can provide nurses with unique career mobility and independent practice in areas such as oncology and nursing advocacy.

Washington Registered Nursing Salaries

Overall, Seattle has the highest number employed registered nurses along with the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Bellingham, WA 1,240 $37.28 $74,690
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA Estimate not released $36.45 $74,090
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 1,420 $30.60 $60,960
Longview, WA 680 $36.51 $74,820
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 780 $36.03 $71,200
Olympia, WA 1,640 $38.42 $80,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 23,370 $40.52 $83,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 29,680 $39.83 $82,370
Spokane, WA 5,000 $35.14 $71,190
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 6,300 $37.27 $78,580
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 1,080 $35.72 $73,080
Yakima, WA 1,690 $31.27 $64,110
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 900 $34.36 $69,150
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,130 $33.73 $68,020
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 980 $34.71 $66,130
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,160 $34.32 $71,300
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data