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Aspiring nurses can pursue prelicensure programs at either public or private schools, and each path has its own advantages. Although private schools tend to be more expensive, they are generally regarded as more selective and academically rigorous. Private schools often have smaller class sizes, making it easier to seek individual help and forge connections with professors. Private schools also tend to have smaller campuses and thus more intimate communities.

Private schools boast engaged alumni networks that can be exceedingly helpful during the job search. Thus, students may find that the increased cost of private school is a wise investment in their future employment prospects. In addition, many private universities offer generous financial aid and scholarships to qualified candidates, and students can seek financial assistance from private organizations as well.

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The state of Washington is home to seven private nursing schools, including Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and Gonzaga University in Spokane. Most of these schools offer bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs, which train aspiring registered nurses (RNs) for the challenges of employment in hospitals and medical centers. BSN programs also prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

There are currently 53,000 RNs employed across the state of Washington. These professionals work in state-of-the-art facilities like University of Washington Medical Center, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Providence St. Peter Hospital.

To help Washington’s aspiring RNs make an informed choice, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of the state’s private nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Olympia

Saint Martin's University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Seattle Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Seattle University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Northwest University Kirkland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Seattle Pacific University Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Seattle University Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Gonzaga University Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Tacoma

Pacific Lutheran University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
School City Programs offered
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Other Washington cities

Heritage University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
School City Programs offered
Heritage University Toppenish
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Walla Walla University College Place
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
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