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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.

Featured Schools

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
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Martin's University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Seattle University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Seattle Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bellevue College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington Bothell
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwest University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
University of Washington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Seattle University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
Seattle Pacific University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2012
Bellevue College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington Bothell
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Washington State University - Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Washington State University - Spokane
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gonzaga University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2012

Tacoma

Pacific Lutheran University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • 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 93.7% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Washington Tacoma
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tri-Cities

Washington State University - Tri-Cities
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
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: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
  • 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 92.0% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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