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The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission of Washington state has accredited eight universities that offer a prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. The list includes large public institutions like University of Washington and Washington State University, which offers the BSN degree at its Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Yakima campuses. Several prestigious private universities also offer a BSN program, including Gonzaga, Pacific Lutheran, and Seattle Universities.

These schools are all four-year degree-granting institutions that graduate a large number of registered nurses (RNs) each year. To become a practicing RN, students must complete their nursing degree program and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. The BSN program equips its graduates to practice in areas such as outpatient care, inpatient care, public and mental health, and education. This prepares RNs for a wide array of promising career opportunities. Most universities also offer master of science in nursing (MSN) degrees that allow nurses to pursue specialized roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

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The state of Washington is home to approximately 53,000 RNs. The majority of these nurses work in the Seattle and Vancouver metropolitan areas, with smaller populations of nursing professionals in major cities like Spokane and Olympia. Washington’s nurses have no shortage of job opportunities at reputable hospitals like University of Washington Medical Center, Evergreen Medical Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of Washington’s four-year colleges and universities for nursing. This list includes the state-approved BSN programs discussed above, as well as several other options for the state’s aspiring nurses.

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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
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

Bellevue College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • 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
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
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
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland
  • 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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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

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
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

Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Heritage University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Peninsula 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
School City Programs offered
Centralia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Heritage University Toppenish
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Peninsula College Port Angeles
  • 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