The city of Seattle has the largest population of nurses in the state of Washington. It is also home to several of the state’s most prestigious nursing schools, including Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, and University of Washington.

Overview of Seattle nursing programs
Seattle’s 15 nursing schools may be grouped into two categories. For advanced candidates, five universities offer a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree; the three universities cited above also offer a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. These BSN and MSN programs prepare registered nurses (RNs) to assume leadership roles in the nursing profession. Indeed, many administrative and managerial roles require at least a BSN degree. Alternatively, entry-level candidates are served by the Seattle area’s network of ten public community colleges, including North Seattle College, South Seattle College, Everett Community College, and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Each school offers an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) for aspiring RNs as well as brief certificate programs for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Graduates can expect ample employment opportunities at local healthcare providers like University of Washington, Virginia Mason, Evergreen Health, and Harborview Medical Centers.

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Career outlook for Seattle nurses
The Seattle metropolitan area is home to 9,600 nursing assistants, 2,800 practical nurses, and over 22,000 registered nurses. Seattle’s nurses are among the best-paid in the state. Local CNAs earn $30,200 per year on average, while LPNs receive $53,400 in annual pay. Seattle’s RNs earn an impressive $82,000 per year, while those with BSN (and especially MSN) degrees frequently receive well over $100,000 in annual pay.

For more information about Seattle’s nursing programs, please take a look below at our detailed profile of accredited nursing schools throughout the metropolitan area.

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Seattle nursing schools by NCLEX score

Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street | Everett, Washington 98201
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North | Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North | Shoreline, Washington 98133
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College
12401 SE 320th Street | Auburn, Washington 98092
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway Avenue | Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Seattle University
900 Broadway | Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • 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
Northwest University
5520 108th Avenue NE | Kirkland, Washington 98083
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Washington
1400 NE Campus Parkway | Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE | Kirkland, Washington 98034
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE | Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West | Seattle, Washington 98119
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW | Seattle, Washington 98106
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College
2400 South 240th Street | Des Moines, Washington 98198
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth Street | Renton, Washington 98056
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue West | Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE | Bothell, Washington 98011
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Everett Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.5% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Seattle University Direct Entry MSN 94.4% 2008 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
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
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
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellevue College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Pacific University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2012
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
South Seattle College Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.9% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.3% 2008 to 2011
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Bothell Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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