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The state of Washington has at least 15 colleges and universities with an accredited bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. The traditional prelicensure BSN program requires four years of study. It is open to all individuals who meet general university requirements (UCORE) and have completed certain nursing prerequisites. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing. Alternatively, existing registered nurses (RNs) who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can earn a baccalaureate degree by enrolling in an RN-to-BSN program. These degree completion programs take two years or less to complete, because they credit nurses for prior coursework and experience.

Both traditional BSN and RN-to-BSN programs train registered nurses to practice in multiple settings, including outpatient care, accident and emergency, public health, pediatrics, and oncology. The curriculum is grounded in medicine, physiology, anatomy, psychology, current health issues, and research methods. This rigorous course of study equips BSN graduates to be leaders in the medical industry.

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In a bid to raise Washington’s quality of healthcare, major nursing employers like University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital are increasingly hiring BSN-educated nurses. These RNs are very attractively compensated. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in the state of Washington earn about $75,000 annually. However, those with BSN degrees frequently receive top-quartile pay of $90,000 or more per year.

To help both aspiring and existing nurses complete their baccalaureate education, we’ve profiled below the best BSN programs in Washington. You’ll find them grouped by major metropolitan area, with a profile of students’ recent NCLEX test scores where available.

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Bremerton / Silverdale area

Olympic College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Olympic College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Olympia

Saint Martin's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Martin's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Seattle University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bellevue College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington Bothell
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Washington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Northwest University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to 2018
Seattle University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2018
Bellevue College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington Bothell
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Gonzaga University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to 2018
Washington State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tacoma

Pacific Lutheran University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Washington Tacoma
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Washington Tacoma
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Tri-Cities
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbia Basin College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Tri-Cities
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Vancouver

Washington State University - Vancouver
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Washington State University - Vancouver
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Washington cities

Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Heritage University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
Washington State University - Walla Walla
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Walla Walla University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Heritage University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2018 to 2018
Washington State University - Walla Walla
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion