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Spokane, Washington, is home to several accredited nursing schools that collectively offer a broad mix of programs for aspiring nurses. These schools can pave the path to a successful career at top area healthcare providers like Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Deaconess Hospital, and Spokane VA Medical Center.

Entry-level certificate programs
The quickest path to nursing employment is a certificate program for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs). This brief training course lasts 10 to 12 weeks. It introduces students to the elementary skills of nursing, including bedside care, patient interaction, and working closely with more senior nurses. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) fill a more senior nursing role that requires administering medical treatments and monitoring vitals. They must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program with extensive training in physiology, anatomy, research, and computer skills. LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before they may practice in the state of Washington.

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Nursing degree programs
Individuals who aspire to take on leadership roles in a hospital or clinic setting should consider a registered nursing (RN) program. Aspiring RNs in Spokane can choose one of two pathways: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Spokane Community College offers a local accredited ADN program, while both Gonzaga University and Washington State University offer prelicensure BSN programs. Candidates in either pathway must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing.

Nursing employment prospects
Nurses in Spokane enjoy a secure yet challenging career, with numerous opportunities for advancement. The city’s 2,200 CNAs usually earn between $22,000 and $32,000 annually. Spokane’s 650 LPNs are paid $40,000 to $50,000 on average. The city’s nearly 5,000 RNs enjoy even higher average salaries of $55,000 to $85,000 per year.

To learn more about Spokane’s top nursing schools, browse our detailed profile below of local nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Spokane nursing schools by NCLEX score

Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street | Spokane, Washington 99217
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Washington State University - Spokane
103 East Spokane Falls Boulevard | Spokane, Washington 99202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue | Spokane, Washington 99258
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spokane Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2012
Washington State University - Spokane Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Gonzaga University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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