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Students who complete an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. After passing the exam, the graduate may practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Washington. A typical ADN program requires just two years of study, while the traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program takes four years to complete. This makes the ADN an attractive pathway for aspiring nurses who wish to enter the workforce quickly.

An ADN program teaches the critical skills that RNs need to provide healthcare, administer treatment, and serve as liaison between patient and doctor. The program includes rigorous training in anatomy, physiology, psychology, and research methods, as well as clinical experience and a complement of general education courses.

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In addition to its shorter length, the ADN pathway offers significantly more flexibility than a traditional BSN program. Many campuses offer evening, weekend, and/or online classes, which allow students to incorporate the program into a busy schedule. Graduates may enter the workforce immediately or enroll in an RN-to-BSN degree completion program. The BSN will open the door to higher earnings and many advancement opportunities.

Washington has approximately 30 accredited ADN programs. The vast majority are offered by the state’s extensive network of public community colleges, including Clark College in Vancouver, Spokane Community College, and several schools throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. Many of these colleges boast NCLEX-RN pass rates above 90 percent. This means that ADN graduates are well-equipped to seek employment with local medical institutions like University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Vancouver PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Washington’s 53,000 RNs earn an impressive median salary of $75,500 per year; the top quartile earns more than $90,000 annually. Both figures are well above the respective national averages.

To help Washington’s aspiring RNs find a rapid path to nursing employment, we’ve provided below a comprehensive list of the state’s accredited ADN programs.

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Bremerton / Silverdale area

Olympic College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Olympic College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2018

Olympia

South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Puget Sound Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2018

Seattle

Everett Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Shoreline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bellevue College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
North Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Seattle Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Highline College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
South Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2014)
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Everett Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2009 to 2018
Shoreline Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2009 to 2018
Bellevue College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2009 to 2018
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2009 to 2018
North Seattle College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to 2018
Seattle Central College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2018
Highline College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2018
South Seattle College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2008 to 2014
Renton Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.5% 2009 to 2018

Spokane

Spokane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spokane Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2018

Tacoma

Pierce College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bates Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tacoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pierce College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2009 to 2018
Bates Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 88.4% 2009 to 2018
Tacoma Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2009 to 2018

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbia Basin College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2018

Vancouver

Clark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Clark College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2018

Other Washington cities

Big Bend Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Whatcom Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Yakima Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Walla Walla Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Skagit Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Grays Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Lower Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bellingham Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Big Bend Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.2% 2009 to 2018
Whatcom Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.0% 2009 to 2018
Peninsula College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2009 to 2018
Yakima Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2018
Walla Walla Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2009 to 2018
Skagit Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2009 to 2018
Grays Harbor College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.1% 2009 to 2018
Wenatchee Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2018
Lower Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2018
Centralia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2009 to 2018
Bellingham Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.5% 2009 to 2018