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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand, both in Washington and across the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 25 percent increase in LPN jobs over the next decade, much higher than the overall rate of employment growth. Thanks to this robust demand, the state of Washington has over twenty high-quality LPN certificate programs.

LPN programs
Over a period of 12 to 18 months, LPN students learn the theory and practice of medicine, physiology and anatomy, psychology, and research methods. In addition to classroom time, students gain a significant amount of clinical experience through training at local hospitals and clinics. Big Bend Community College, Everett Community College, and Lower Columbia College are three of Washington’s best LPN schools. These schools consistently graduate cohorts with a 100 percent NCLEX-PN pass rate. Indeed, three-fourths of the state’s LPN programs regularly maintain a 90%+ NCLEX-PN pass rate, a very impressive feat.

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Career outlook for LPNs
The future is bright for Washington’s practical nurses. The state’s 8,000 LPNs earn competitive pay; the median annual salary is $47,000, with most LPNs earning between $40,000 and $55,000 annually. Washington’s largest hospitals routinely hire new LPN graduates. Major local nursing employers include Providence Regional Medical Center, Eastern State Hospital, and Tacoma Hospital.

To help Washington’s students select the best practical nursing schools, we’ve profiled all of the state’s LPN certificate programs. You’ll find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Bremerton / Silverdale area

Olympic College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Olympic College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012

Olympia

South Puget Sound Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Puget Sound Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2008 to 2012

Seattle

Everett Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Seattle College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Green River Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Seattle College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Renton Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Edmonds Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Everett Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
North Seattle College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.0% 2008 to 2012
Green River Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2012
South Seattle College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
Renton Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.9% 2008 to 2012
Edmonds Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Spokane

Spokane Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spokane Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012

Tacoma

Clover Park Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bates Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Clover Park Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Bates Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbia Basin College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2008 to 2011

Other Washington cities

Big Bend Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lower Columbia College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Walla Walla Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Yakima Valley Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Centralia College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Grays Harbor College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bellingham Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Skagit Valley College - Whidbey Island
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Heritage University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Big Bend Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Lower Columbia College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Wenatchee Valley College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Walla Walla Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2008 to 2012
Yakima Valley Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2008 to 2012
Centralia College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
Grays Harbor College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2008 to 2012
Bellingham Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
Skagit Valley College - Whidbey Island
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2008 to 2012
Heritage University
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.0% 2008 to 2012