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Washington’s community and technical colleges offer prelicensure programs for both licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs). These programs train students for a career in healthcare, and they help students prepare for the mandatory national licensure examination.

Licensed practical nurses
LPN certificate programs are offered at over twenty vocational, career, and community colleges throughout Washington. LPN programs typically take 12-18 months to complete. They include a mix of classroom learning and hands-on clinical experience. Graduates must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. Washington’s 8,000 LPNs typically earn between $40,000 and $55,000 annually.

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Registered nurses
Washington’s aspiring RNs can pursue several pathways to licensure. One of the most popular routes is the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). ADN programs are offered at over twenty community and technical colleges across the state of Washington, as well as several traditional colleges and universities. The ADN typically requires two years of fulltime study to complete. It teaches students the skills to provide a high level of independent patient care. Graduates must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing. The state of Washington is home to over 50,000 RNs who earn an impressive median annual salary of $75,500.

Washington has many reputable hospitals and healthcare centers, including the nationally ranked University of Washington Medical Center. This means that new nursing graduates will find compelling career opportunities across the state.

You can learn more about Washington’s vocational, career, and community colleges by referencing below our comprehensive list of their nursing programs.

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Olympia

South Puget Sound Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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South Puget Sound Community College Olympia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Seattle

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
North Seattle College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
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
North Seattle College Seattle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College Renton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College Shoreline
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Spokane

Spokane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Spokane Community College Spokane
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

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
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
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
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

Vancouver

Clark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Clark College Vancouver
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

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
Grays Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lower Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical 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
Wenatchee Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen
  • 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
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
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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