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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
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle University
900 Broadway | Seattle, Washington 98122
  • DNP: Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
  • 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
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North | Shoreline, Washington 98133
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE | Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Green River College
12401 SE 320th Street | Auburn, Washington 98092
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington
1400 NE Campus Parkway | Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE | Kirkland, Washington 98034
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue West | Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North | Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University
5520 108th Avenue NE | Kirkland, Washington 98083
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway Avenue | Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West | Seattle, Washington 98119
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • BSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 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
Highline College
2400 South 240th Street | Des Moines, Washington 98198
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW | Seattle, Washington 98106
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2014)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth Street | Renton, Washington 98056
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE | Bothell, Washington 98011
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing in Administrative Leadership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Everett Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle University DNP: Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion 94.2% 2009 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2018
DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
DNP: Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
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
Shoreline Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellevue College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Green River College Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2015 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2018
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seattle Central College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Pacific University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to 2018
BSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
BSN-to-DNP: Clinical Nurse Specialist
BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
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
Highline College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2008 to 2014
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.5% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Bothell Master of Nursing in Administrative Leadership
Master of Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion