We've organized a comprehensive list of Washington nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Washington city.

RN-to-BSN programs cater to existing registered nurses (RNs) who want to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. These students typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from their prior studies. The RN-to-BSN program builds upon this existing knowledge with deeper coursework in critical areas like anatomy, physiology, healthcare, leadership skills, and psychology. A full-time curriculum typically lasts two to three semesters. The program can also be completed on a part-time and/or online basis.

Overview of RN-to-BSN options

The state of Washington has at least 15 colleges and universities with an accredited bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. The traditional prelicensure BSN program requires four years of study. It is open to all individuals who meet general university requirements (UCORE) and have completed certain nursing prerequisites. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing. Alternatively, existing registered nurses (RNs) who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can earn a baccalaureate degree by enrolling in an RN-to-BSN program.

Students who complete an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. After passing the exam, the graduate may practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Washington. A typical ADN program requires just two years of study, while the traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program takes four years to complete. This makes the ADN an attractive pathway for aspiring nurses who wish to enter the workforce quickly.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand, both in Washington and across the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 25 percent increase in LPN jobs over the next decade, much higher than the overall rate of employment growth. Thanks to this robust demand, the state of Washington has over twenty high-quality LPN certificate programs.

LPN programs

Certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs quickly and efficiently qualify their students to embark on a career in healthcare. In only eight to ten weeks, aspiring CNAs are trained to provide basic healthcare, monitor symptoms, record vital signs, and assist more senior nurses in their rounds. Upon completion of the certificate course, CNAs can work in hospitals, medical centers, and clinics under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).

Aspiring nurses can pursue prelicensure programs at either public or private schools, and each path has its own advantages. Although private schools tend to be more expensive, they are generally regarded as more selective and academically rigorous. Private schools often have smaller class sizes, making it easier to seek individual help and forge connections with professors. Private schools also tend to have smaller campuses and thus more intimate communities.

A nursing degree or certificate can launch a stable and rewarding career in healthcare, with frequent opportunities for career advancement. An aspiring nurse can complete her prelicensure program at either a public or a private school. While both options have their merits, public colleges and universities in Washington are heavily subsidized by the state government. This makes them more affordable options that are ideal for state residents with a tight financial budget.