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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: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Olympic College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012

Olympia

South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Puget Sound Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2012

Seattle

Shoreline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Seattle Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Everett Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bellevue College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Highline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Shoreline Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.5% 2008 to 2012
North Seattle College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2008 to 2012
Seattle Central College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Everett Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Bellevue College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Highline Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2012
South Seattle College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2012
Renton Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.3% 2008 to 2011

Spokane

Spokane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spokane Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2012

Tacoma

Bates Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tacoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clover Park Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Pierce College - Puyallup
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bates Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012
Tacoma Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.9% 2008 to 2012
Clover Park Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2012
Pierce College - Puyallup
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2012

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbia Basin College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012

Vancouver

Clark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Clark College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012

Other Washington cities

Big Bend Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Whatcom Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Yakima Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Skagit Valley College - Mount Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Walla Walla Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Grays Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lower Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bellingham Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Heritage University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Big Bend Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.1% 2008 to 2012
Whatcom Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.8% 2008 to 2012
Yakima Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2008 to 2012
Peninsula College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Skagit Valley College - Mount Vernon
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Walla Walla Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
Grays Harbor College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2008 to 2012
Lower Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2008 to 2012
Wenatchee Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2012
Centralia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.6% 2008 to 2012
Bellingham Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.3% 2008 to 2012
Heritage University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.5% 2012 to 2012
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