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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.

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Olympia

Saint Martin's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University
  • BSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Leadership in Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Seattle University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
  • DNP: Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion
  • DNP: Certified Nurse-Midwifery
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Certified Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
School City Programs offered
Northwest University Kirkland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University Seattle
  • BSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Leadership in Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Seattle University Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
  • DNP: Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion
  • DNP: Certified Nurse-Midwifery
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Certified Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Spokane

Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership in Healthcare
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
  • Second Master's Degree: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Second Master's Degree: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
School City Programs offered
Gonzaga University Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership in Healthcare
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
  • Second Master's Degree: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Second Master's Degree: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Tacoma

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

Other Washington cities

Heritage University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Heritage University Toppenish
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Walla Walla University College Place
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion