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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.

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
School City Programs offered
Saint Martin's University Lacey
  • 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
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
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
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest University Kirkland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
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
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
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

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
University of Washington Tacoma
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
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
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

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
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

Centralia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical 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
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
Western Washington University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Centralia College Centralia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical 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
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
Western Washington University Bellingham
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion