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The state of Washington is home to about 40 nursing schools that have been approved by the state’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. These schools offer prelicensure programs for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

Certified nursing assistant
CNA certificate programs are offered at most of the state’s technical and community colleges. The program only takes several weeks to complete. In that short time, aspiring CNAs are educated about current healthcare and social issues, informed about state regulations, and trained to provide a basic level of medical care. The program also has an element of clinical experience to ensure that nursing assistants can provide patient care as efficiently and effectively as possible. In the state of Washington, there are over 24,000 CNAs who earn a median annual income of roughly $28,000.

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Licensed practical nurse
LPN certificate programs are also offered at many vocational schools and community colleges. LPN programs typically take 12 to 18 months to complete for full-time students, but courses can also be taken online or on a part-time basis. LPNs work in a wide array of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical centers, doctor’s offices, and private homes. LPNs in the state of Washington typically earn about $47,000 per year.

Registered nurse
Washington’s registered nurses can follow one of three prelicensure pathways: two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). ADN programs are found at many community colleges, but BSN and MSN programs are only offered at traditional colleges and universities. There are well over 50,000 RNs in the state of Washington, earning a median annual salary of $75,000. Nurses with an MSN degree frequently earn more than $100,000 per year.

To help Washington’s aspiring nurses find the best nursing programs, we’ve provided below a comprehensive list of the state’s accredited nursing schools.

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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

Saint Martin's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
Northwest University Kirkland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Renton Technical College Renton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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

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