A comprehensive listing of Washington nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as licensed practical nursing, RN associate's degree, and bachelor's degree. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Washington city.

The small charming city of Yakima, Washington, has a large population of nurses. This metropolitan area of fewer than 250,000 residents is home to 1,470 registered nurses (RNs), 330 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 960 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). They work at a broad range of local hospitals and healthcare providers, such as Virginia Mason Memorial, Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, and Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Vancouver is a bustling city with a growing community that faces many healthcare needs. Nurses are crucial to the well-being of the city: they care for patients in hospitals and clinics, and they provide public health education and research. To perform these vital roles in the community, aspiring nurses must first complete an education and training program at an accredited college or university.

Registered nurses (RNs)

Washington’s Tri-Cities metropolitan area refers to the combined region of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland. The area is home to Columbia Basin College in Pasco and Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus in Richland. Collectively, these nursing schools offer the full array of programs for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

Overview of the three key nursing roles

Nursing is an excellent career for individuals who are compassionate and care deeply about their community’s well-being. Aspiring nurses must also possess the knowledge and skills to perform a range of specific healthcare duties. To gain this valuable education, students in Tacoma, Washington, can attend one of the half-dozen accredited nursing schools in the local area.

Overview of nursing roles and programs

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs) all play a vital role in shaping and supporting the booming healthcare industry of Olympia, Washington. These nursing professionals handle direct patient care, administer medications, and educate the public about critical health issues. To fill their roles effectively, nurses must be compassionate and highly skilled. Fortunately, the state of Washington is home to a large number of top-tier nursing schools and programs.

Certified nursing assistant

The Bremerton / Silverdale area is primed to benefit from growth in the nursing industry. Bremerton is home to Olympic College, a public institution that offers a certificate program for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Just 38 miles away in nearby Tacoma, aspiring nurses will find several other top-tier nursing schools including Bates Technical College, University of Washington Tacoma, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Overview of nursing roles and programs

At least a dozen university campuses in Washington offer a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. Most MSN programs enable existing registered nurses (RNs) to enter specialized fields like nursing administration, nursing education, or family practice nursing. A select number of “direct-entry” MSN programs enable students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field to earn initial RN licensure before pursuing a specialization.

Overview of the MSN program

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