Find a nursing school near you

Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

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.

Featured Schools

Bremerton / Silverdale area

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

Olympia

Saint Martin's University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

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
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Seattle Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Seattle University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
Shoreline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
University of Washington Bothell
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • 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
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College Auburn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College Des Moines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University Kirkland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Renton Technical College Renton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seattle Central College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Seattle Pacific University Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Seattle University Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
Shoreline Community College Shoreline
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Seattle
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
University of Washington Bothell Bothell
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spokane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Washington State University - Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Gonzaga University Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spokane Community College Spokane
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Washington State University - Spokane Spokane
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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

Tacoma

Bates Technical College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Clover Park Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific Lutheran University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Pierce College - Fort Steilacoom
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Puyallup
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tacoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Washington Tacoma
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • 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
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Pierce College - Fort Steilacoom Lakewood
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Puyallup 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
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Tri-Cities
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Columbia Basin College Pasco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Tri-Cities Richland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Vancouver

Clark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Vancouver
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Clark College Vancouver
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State University - Vancouver Vancouver
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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

Other Washington cities

Bellingham Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grays Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Heritage University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lower Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Skagit Valley College - Mount Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Skagit Valley College - Whidbey Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Walla Walla Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Western Washington University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Whatcom Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Yakima Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Heritage University Toppenish
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lower Columbia College Longview
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College Port Angeles
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Skagit Valley College - Mount Vernon Mount Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Skagit Valley College - Whidbey Island Oak Harbor
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla University College Place
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla Walla Walla
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima Yakima
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Western Washington University Bellingham
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Whatcom Community College Bellingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate