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A nursing degree or certificate can launch a stable and rewarding career in healthcare, with frequent opportunities for career advancement. An aspiring nurse can complete her prelicensure program at either a public or a private school. While both options have their merits, public colleges and universities in Washington are heavily subsidized by the state government. This makes them more affordable options that are ideal for state residents with a tight financial budget.

Washington is home to more than 40 public schools with accredited nursing programs. The majority of these are community and technical colleges, which provide brief vocational programs for aspiring nurses. These vocational schools focus on certificates for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and associate’s degrees for registered nurses (RNs). Washington also has several large public universities with nursing education. For example, University of Washington offers nursing programs at its Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses, while Washington State University offers nursing programs at its five campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Walla Walla, and Yakima. These campuses all offer bachelor’s degree programs, and many offer graduate degrees which allow nurses to further specialize.

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Like public universities across the country, Washington’s public schools tend to have large class sizes that provide students with a diverse community. These large institutions offer a vast network of resources, established connections to university hospitals, and significant hands-on experience. As a result, nursing students gain critical exposure to healthcare before they even graduate.

If you are interested in learning more about Washington’s nursing schools, take a look at our comprehensive list below of the state’s public nursing programs.

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Bremerton / Silverdale area

Olympic College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Olympic College Bremerton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Olympia

South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Seattle

Bellevue College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Edmonds Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everett Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Nurse-Midwifery
  • DNP: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • DNP: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • DNP: Population Health Nursing
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Advanced Practice Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Graduate Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies
University of Washington Bothell
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing in Administrative Leadership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bellevue College Bellevue
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everett Community College Everett
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River College Auburn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline College Des Moines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College Renton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College Shoreline
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Seattle
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Nurse-Midwifery
  • DNP: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • DNP: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • DNP: Population Health Nursing
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Advanced Practice Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Graduate Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies
University of Washington Bothell Bothell
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing in Administrative Leadership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Spokane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Spokane Community College Spokane
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion

Tacoma

Bates Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Clover Park Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tacoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Tacoma
  • Doctor of Education: Nursing Education and Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Nursing: Leader in Healthcare Delivery
  • Master of Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bates Technical College Tacoma
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College Puyallup
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tacoma Community College Tacoma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Tacoma Tacoma
  • Doctor of Education: Nursing Education and Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Nursing: Leader in Healthcare Delivery
  • Master of Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Tri-Cities
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Columbia Basin College Richland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Tri-Cities Richland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion

Vancouver

Clark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Vancouver
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Clark College Vancouver
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Vancouver Vancouver
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Population Health
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion

Other Washington cities

Bellingham Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grays Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lower Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Skagit Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Walla Walla
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Whatcom Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yakima Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lower Columbia College Longview
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College Port Angeles
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Walla Walla Walla Walla
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima Yakima
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate: Public Health
  • Master of Nursing in Population Health
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University Bellingham
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Whatcom Community College Bellingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yakima Valley College Yakima
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate