Best Ranked 28 RN
Programs in Washington

RN Programs in Washington

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in Washington

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for Washington in the listings below.

It has been reported that registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree are known to provide better outcomes for their patients. The Washington Coalition for Nursing has been pushing for legislation for a bachelor’s degree to be the minimal requirement for licensure. Nursing schools in Washington have responded to call and have introduced many different RN and BSN programs to help nurses meet their educational goals. These programs help prepare registered nurses for leadership and the culture shift of modern health care. There was almost a 50% increase of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the recent years. Now is the optimal time for registered nurses to seek out higher education in order to meet the needs of the constantly evolving career field.

[state_name] Best Ranked RN Programs in by RNCareers.org

Ranked Schools : 28

Evaluated Schools : 47

RN Programs in Washington

RN programs in the state of Washington are often set up as "transfer" degrees.  This means that the schools have articulation agreements with four-year colleges and the prerequisites for the programs ensure that the student will be ready for a four-year education.  After graduation, the student can transfer to a four-year college and earn their BSN in one year.
See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Whatcom Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.962199.24%

Whatcom Community College

  • 237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA - 98226
  • (360) 383-3000

Whatcom Community College is located in Bellingham, Washington.  WCC offers an ADN program.  They are proud to boast that 3 out of the past 4 years, 100% of their graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN on the first time.  Their ADN degree allows students to transfer to any university after graduation and complete their BSN in one year.

  • Campus: Bellingham, WA
  • Net Price: $6,740.00
  • Enrollment: 4,427
  • Transfer Out Rate: 12.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 14.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 14.88%
  • Graduation Rate: 31.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,666.00
  • Median Payment: $80.04
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Big Bend Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.947198.94%

Big Bend Community College

  • 7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA - 98837-3299
  • (509) 793-2222

Big Bend Community College is located in Moses Lake, Washington.  They offer a career ladder program.  The program allows students to become a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) after the first quarter, an LPN after the third quarter and an ADN at the completion of the program.

  • Campus: Moses Lake, WA
  • Net Price: $6,629.00
  • Enrollment: 1,991
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 23.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 6.03%
  • Graduation Rate: 33.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,000.00
  • Median Payment: $83.53
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

Shoreline Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.8465196.93%

Shoreline Community College

  • 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA - 98133-5696
  • (206) 546-4101

Shoreline Community College is located in Shoreline, Washington.  They offer an ADN program with 2 options – a six-quarter option and a ten-quarter option.  The six-quarter option means that the student graduates in six semesters and the 10-quarter option means the student graduates in ten semesters.  The 10-quarter option is ideal for students who have other obligations or have not done well in a full-time nursing program.

  • Campus: Shoreline, WA
  • Net Price: $8,303.00
  • Enrollment: 5,937
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 16.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 23.59%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,776.00
  • Median Payment: $70.75
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 4

North Seattle College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.7495194.99%

North Seattle College

  • 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA - 98103-3599
  • (206) 934-3600

North Seattle College is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer an LPN program or an LPN-RN Career ladder program.  Students in the LPN program do not need to reapply for the RN program if they successfully pass the NCLEX-PN; the program is designed so that the LPN can work part-time and attend school for their RN.

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $4,579.00
  • Enrollment: 6,118
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34.70%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 5.34%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $3,800.00
  • Median Payment: $39.68
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 5

Peninsula College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.747194.94%

Peninsula College

  • 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA - 98362
  • (360) 452-9277

Peninsula College is located in Port Angeles, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  They offer advanced placement for LPNs, but only if spaces allow in the program – they do not have spaces available for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Peninsula College offers dozens of scholarships to its nursing students for those that apply.

  • Campus: Port Angeles, WA
  • Net Price: $7,290.00
  • Enrollment: 2,405
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.00%
  • Loan Default Rate: 25.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 35.91%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,667.00
  • Median Payment: $90.49
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 6

Yakima Valley Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.733194.66%

Yakima Valley Community College

  • South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA - 98907-2520
  • (509) 574-4600

Yakima Valley Community College is located in Yakima, Washington.  Their program is a career ladder program; students who complete the first four semesters are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, and then students who complete all six semesters can take the NCLEX-RN.  It is anticipated that in the near future, YVCC will have a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) with one or more universities, which will allow students to quickly progress to earning their BSN degree.

  • Campus: Yakima, WA
  • Net Price: $6,834.00
  • Enrollment: 4,105
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 16.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 10.14%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,350.00
  • Median Payment: $87.18
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 7

Everett Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.6775193.55%

Everett Community College

  • 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA - 98201
  • (425) 388-9100

Everett Community College is located in Everett, Washington.  They have been educating nurses since 1941.  Graduates from their program earn an AAS-T degree, allowing them to easily transfer to a four-year college, as many will go on to earn their BSN degree.

  • Campus: Everett, WA
  • Net Price: $7,600.00
  • Enrollment: 7,154
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 16.67%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,333.00
  • Median Payment: $76.56
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 8

Lake Washington Institute of Technology RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.653193.06%

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

  • 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA - 98034-8506
  • (425) 739-8100

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is located in Kirkland, Washington.  The program offers a practical nursing program and an RN program; the RN program gives the student an AAS-T degree upon completion, which allows the student the ability to easily transfer to a 4-year college in order to ear their BSN.  When space is available, the program accepts working LPNs, although there is currently not space available at this time.

  • Campus: Kirkland, WA
  • Net Price: $6,049.00
  • Enrollment: 3,819
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 16.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 14.18%
  • Graduation Rate: 20.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $10,671.00
  • Median Payment: $111.42
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 9

Bellevue College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.6005192.01%

Bellevue College

  • 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA - 98007-6484
  • (425) 564-1000

Bellevue College is located in Bellevue, Washington.  Their program consists of a Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Training Program, an ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer an RN refresher program, which is available for students who have been out of the workforce and need to brush up on their nursing skills.

  • Campus: Bellevue, WA
  • Net Price: $7,503.00
  • Enrollment: 13,820
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 21.25%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,848.00
  • Median Payment: $92.38
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 10

Seattle Central College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.57191.40%

Seattle Central College

  • 1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, WA - 98122
  • (206) 934-3800

Seattle Central College is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer an ADN program with a DTA (direct transfer degree), which allows the student to transfer to a four-year college after graduation.  SCC began as Seattle's first community college in 1966 and is the sixth largest community college in the country.

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $5,512.00
  • Enrollment: 7,110
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 53.88%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,117.00
  • Median Payment: $63.87
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 11

Grays Harbor College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.56191.20%

Grays Harbor College

  • 1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA - 98520-7599
  • (360) 532-9020

Grays Harbor College is located in Aberdeen, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  Students in the program who take the course “Personal and Vocational Relationships” within the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN while in the program.  There also is an LPN to RN program, but only if there is space available in the program.

  • Campus: Aberdeen, WA
  • Net Price: $5,769.00
  • Enrollment: 1,958
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 27.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -0.38%
  • Graduation Rate: 37.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,467.00
  • Median Payment: $77.96
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 12

Walla Walla Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.5525191.05%

Walla Walla Community College

  • 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA - 99362-9267
  • (509) 522-2500

Walla Walla Community College is located in Walla Walla, Washington.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  The program is a transfer degree program, where the degree transfers to certain universities and the student will only need to complete one year of schooling in order to earn their BSN.

  • Campus: Walla Walla, WA
  • Net Price: $6,997.00
  • Enrollment: 5,109
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 10.99%
  • Graduation Rate: 37.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,633.00
  • Median Payment: $100.58
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 13

Columbia Basin College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.5455190.91%

Columbia Basin College

  • 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA - 99301
  • (509) 547-0511

Columbia Basin College is located in Pasco, Washington.  They offer an LPN and an ADN program.  The program is designed as a career ladder program – the student first earns their LPN, then can exit it they'd like, or continue for their ADN degree.

  • Campus: Pasco, WA
  • Net Price: $8,038.00
  • Enrollment: 6,480
  • Transfer Out Rate: 16.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 22.01%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,932.00
  • Median Payment: $82.82
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 14

Skagit Valley College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.5190.00%

Skagit Valley College

  • 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA - 98273
  • (360) 416-7600

Skagit Valley College is located in Mount Vernon, Washington.  They offer an ADN degree.  They also offer an LPN to RN program.  The LPN to RN program is part-time.  Both degrees are designed to be transfer programs, enabling the nurse to transfer to a four-year college to earn their BSN.

  • Campus: Mount Vernon, WA
  • Net Price: $8,199.00
  • Enrollment: 4,790
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 17.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 19.64%
  • Graduation Rate: 18.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 15

Lower Columbia College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.448188.96%

Lower Columbia College

  • 1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA - 98632-0310
  • (360) 442-2311

  • Campus: Longview, WA
  • Net Price: $5,399.00
  • Enrollment: 3,152
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.70%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -6.10%
  • Graduation Rate: 30.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,718.00
  • Median Payment: $91.03
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 16

Olympic College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.422188.44%

Olympic College

  • 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA - 98337-1699
  • (360) 792-6050

  • Campus: Bremerton, WA
  • Net Price: $5,316.00
  • Enrollment: 7,329
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 8.89%
  • Graduation Rate: 21.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,444.00
  • Median Payment: $88.16
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED 17

Wenatchee Valley College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.4065188.13%

Wenatchee Valley College

  • 1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA - 98801-1799
  • (509) 682-6800

  • Campus: Wenatchee, WA
  • Net Price: $6,694.00
  • Enrollment: 3,619
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 10.68%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,000.00
  • Median Payment: $93.97
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 18

Clark College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.398187.96%

Clark College

  • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA - 98663-3598
  • (360) 992-2000

  • Campus: Vancouver, WA
  • Net Price: $6,659.00
  • Enrollment: 11,462
  • Transfer Out Rate: 16.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 19.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 15.09%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,650.00
  • Median Payment: $79.87
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 19

South Puget Sound Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.3755187.51%

South Puget Sound Community College

  • 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA - 98512-6292
  • (360) 596-5241

  • Campus: Olympia, WA
  • Net Price: $7,325.00
  • Enrollment: 4,938
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 20.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 28.60%
  • Graduation Rate: 28.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,575.00
  • Median Payment: $68.65
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 20

Spokane Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.328186.56%

Spokane Community College

  • 1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, WA - 99217-5399
  • (509) 533-8020

  • Campus: Spokane, WA
  • Net Price: $5,017.00
  • Enrollment: 6,731
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 27.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 33.57%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,247.00
  • Median Payment: $96.55
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 21

Centralia College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.2505185.01%

Centralia College

  • 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA - 98531-4099
  • (3.6) 073-7E+12

  • Campus: Centralia, WA
  • Net Price: $6,681.00
  • Enrollment: 3,453
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 9.36%
  • Graduation Rate: 40.50%
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 22

Highline Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.22184.40%

Highline Community College

  • 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA - 98198-9800
  • (206) 878-3710

  • Campus: Des Moines, WA
  • Net Price: $7,772.00
  • Enrollment: 6,612
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 17.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 11.91%
  • Graduation Rate: 31.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,003.00
  • Median Payment: $73.12
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 23

Seattle Community College-South Campus RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.8585177.17%

Seattle Community College-South Campus

  • 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA - 98106-1499
  • (206) 934-5300

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $6,502.00
  • Enrollment: 4,951
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 12.63%
  • Graduation Rate: 28.80%
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 24

Tacoma Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.8165176.33%

Tacoma Community College

  • 6501 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA - 98466-6100
  • (253) 566-5000

  • Campus: Tacoma, WA
  • Net Price: $5,453.00
  • Enrollment: 7,146
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 9.50%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 25

Renton Technical College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.7995175.99%

Renton Technical College

  • 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA - 98056-4123
  • (425) 235-2352

  • Campus: Renton, WA
  • Net Price: $7,030.00
  • Enrollment: 3,338
  • Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 16.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 14.87%
  • Graduation Rate: 60.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,334.00
  • Median Payment: $66.13
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 26

Bellingham Technical College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.6645173.29%

Bellingham Technical College

  • 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA - 98225-1599
  • (360) 752-7000

  • Campus: Bellingham, WA
  • Net Price: $4,352.00
  • Enrollment: 2,258
  • Transfer Out Rate: 5.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -35.32%
  • Graduation Rate: 42.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $11,000.00
  • Median Payment: $114.85
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 27

Clover Park Technical College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.6172.00%

Clover Park Technical College

  • 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA - 98499-4004
  • (253) 589-5800

  • Campus: Lakewood, WA
  • Net Price: $4,595.00
  • Enrollment: 3,720
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.70%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -5.63%
  • Graduation Rate: 36.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $10,329.00
  • Median Payment: $107.85
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 28

Heritage University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 2.5065150.13%

Heritage University

  • 3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA - 98948
  • (509) 865-8500

  • Campus: Toppenish, WA
  • Net Price: $9,734.00
  • Enrollment: 876
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 16.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -13.64%
  • Graduation Rate: 15.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $21,201.00
  • Median Payment: $221.36
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Spokane Falls Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Spokane Falls Community College

  • 3410 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA - 99224-5288
  • (509) 533-3500

  • Campus: Spokane, WA
  • Net Price: $6,939.00
  • Enrollment: 8,855
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 27.16%
  • Graduation Rate: 22.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,473.00
  • Median Payment: $78.03
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Cascadia Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Cascadia Community College

  • 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA - 98011-8205
  • (425) 352-8000

  • Campus: Bothell, WA
  • Net Price: $9,725.00
  • Enrollment: 2,821
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26.40%
  • Loan Default Rate: 9.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 80.96%
  • Graduation Rate: 30.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Edmonds Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Edmonds Community College

  • 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA - 98036-5912
  • (425) 640-1459

  • Campus: Lynnwood, WA
  • Net Price: $7,727.00
  • Enrollment: 9,070
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 14.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 11.87%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,351.00
  • Median Payment: $87.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

  • 9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA - 98498-1999
  • (253) 964-6500

  • Campus: Lakewood, WA
  • Net Price: $6,174.00
  • Enrollment: 6,203
  • Transfer Out Rate: 37.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -7.33%
  • Graduation Rate: 20.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,917.00
  • Median Payment: $82.66
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Green River Community College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Green River Community College

  • 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA - 98092-3622
  • (253) 833-9111

  • Campus: Auburn, WA
  • Net Price: $7,235.00
  • Enrollment: 7,801
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 7.07%
  • Graduation Rate: 36.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,122.00
  • Median Payment: $74.36
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Pierce College at Puyallup RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Pierce College at Puyallup

  • 1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA - 98374-2222
  • (253) 840-8400

  • Campus: Puyallup, WA
  • Net Price: $7,091.00
  • Enrollment: 3,396
  • Transfer Out Rate: 53.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -3.54%
  • Graduation Rate: 20.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,917.00
  • Median Payment: $82.66
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

Washington Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon the completion of an approved nursing program, candidates will be required to verify program completion. This must be done before he/she can be granted authorization to take the NCLEX exam. The applicant will be responsible for an $88 nonrefundable application fee. There is a $200 registration fee that will be paid to Pearson VUE to register for the exam. When the candidate has received authorization to test (ATT), he/she will schedule the exam. After this, the candidate will verify the licensure online before receiving a paper copy.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in Washington by endorsement. They will be required to submit a criminal background check through fingerprinting. If the registered nurse as an active license, he/she must submit verification of licensure and transcripts from an accredited nursing program. Candidates may work under a temporary permit that will allow them to work while the background check is being processed. Nurses who do not have an active license will be required to take part in a refresher course.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Registered nurses who obtained licensure outside of the United States will need to have an educational evaluation performed by an approved organization. The applicant will also be required to attest to having had AIDS training.

[state_name] Best Ranked RN and BSN Programs in by RNCareers.org

Ranked Schools : 8

Evaluated Schools : 13

BSN Programs in Washington

Washington state has more than a 30 accredited nursing programs within the state. There are also various online programs offered to meet the need of busy, working nurses. Distance learned also provides nurses with a similar experience to campus-based learning along with the benefit of working around a busy schedule. An associate’s degree can prepare a nurse with a foundation needed to obtain licensure but a BSN program provides the additional support that is crucial to modern nursing. Courses that may be included in a BSN program include nursing research, leadership, diversity, and professional development.

RANKED 1

Pacific Lutheran University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6805193.61%

Pacific Lutheran University

  • 1010 122nd St So, Tacoma, WA - 98447-0003
  • (253) 531-6900

Pacific Lutheran University is located in Tacoma, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree, in addition to several graduate degree options.  They also offer an LPN to BSN degree option.  Highly qualified high school seniors may apply for freshman entry into the program.

  • Campus: Tacoma, WA
  • Net Price: $24,489.00
  • Enrollment: 3,142
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 10.07%
  • Graduation Rate: 70.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,581.00
  • Median Payment: $267.09
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED 2

University of Washington-Seattle Campus RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6605193.21%

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA - 98195-4550
  • (206) 543-2100

University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington.  They offer a BSN program and an accelerated BSN program; for students seeking an advanced education, they also have several lucrative post-graduate nursing options.  Their nursing department has been in existence since 1918, with their BSN program beginning in 1923.

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $9,559.00
  • Enrollment: 29,756
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.30%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 9.38%
  • Graduation Rate: 81.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,272.00
  • Median Payment: $169.90
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 3

Gonzaga University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6195192.39%

Gonzaga University

  • E 502 Boone Ave, Spokane, WA - 99258-0001
  • (509) 328-4220

Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree.  For RNs seeking advancement, they also offer an online RN to MSN degree.  They also offer several other online post-graduate nursing options.  They offer a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), which readies the nurse with a BSN degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

  • Campus: Spokane, WA
  • Net Price: $30,181.00
  • Enrollment: 4,896
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 9.93%
  • Graduation Rate: 82.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $27,000.00
  • Median Payment: $281.91
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 4

Northwest University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.5855191.71%

Northwest University

  • 5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA - 98083-0579
  • (425) 822-8266

Northwest University is located in Kirkland, Washington.  They are a Christian university, so they require bible and theology classes for their curriculum.  Their BSN program is unique because they offer their students the opportunity to study abroad in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

  • Campus: Kirkland, WA
  • Net Price: $18,923.00
  • Enrollment: 1,438
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.60%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -6.16%
  • Graduation Rate: 42.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $15,000.00
  • Median Payment: $156.62
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 5

Walla Walla University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.5335190.67%

Walla Walla University

  • 204 S College Ave, College Place, WA - 99324-1198
  • (509) 527-2615

Walla Walla University is located in College Place, Washington.  They offer a BSN degree.  Although they do not offer specific career ladder programs, they offer individualized options for students interested in an RN to BSN degree or an LPN to BSN degree.

  • Campus: College Place, WA
  • Net Price: $22,441.00
  • Enrollment: 1,686
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.10%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -2.14%
  • Graduation Rate: 44.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $24,500.00
  • Median Payment: $255.81
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 6

Seattle Pacific University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.489189.78%

Seattle Pacific University

  • 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA - 98119-1997
  • (206) 281-2000

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $25,990.00
  • Enrollment: 3,366
  • Loan Default Rate: 1.90%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 7.62%
  • Graduation Rate: 69.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $22,500.00
  • Median Payment: $234.93
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 7

Washington State University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.3615187.23%

Washington State University

  • French Administration Building, Pullman, WA - 99164-5910
  • (509) 335-3564

  • Campus: Pullman, WA
  • Net Price: $16,278.00
  • Enrollment: 23,070
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 5.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 65.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $20,000.00
  • Median Payment: $208.82
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 8

Seattle University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.3525187.05%

Seattle University

  • 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA - 98122-4340
  • (206) 296-6000

  • Campus: Seattle, WA
  • Net Price: $34,340.00
  • Enrollment: 4,608
  • Loan Default Rate: 3.80%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 15.30%
  • Graduation Rate: 76.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,000.00
  • Median Payment: $261.03
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

Eastern Washington University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Eastern Washington University

  • 526 5th Street, Cheney, WA - 99004-2496
  • (509) 359-6200

  • Campus: Cheney, WA
  • Net Price: $12,547.00
  • Enrollment: 11,678
  • Loan Default Rate: 6.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 18.51%
  • Graduation Rate: 45.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $18,200.00
  • Median Payment: $190.03
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

University of Washington-Bothell Campus RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

  • 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA - 98011-8246
  • (425) 352-5000

  • Campus: Bothell, WA
  • Net Price: $9,400.00
  • Enrollment: 4,104
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 41.31%
  • Graduation Rate: 67.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,272.00
  • Median Payment: $169.90
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

  • 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA - 98402-3100
  • (253) 692-4000

  • Campus: Tacoma, WA
  • Net Price: $9,123.00
  • Enrollment: 3,626
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -0.43%
  • Graduation Rate: 49.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,272.00
  • Median Payment: $169.90
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Olympic College RN Programs in WA [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Olympic College

  • 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA - 98337-1699
  • (360) 792-6050

  • Campus: Bremerton, WA
  • Net Price: $5,316.00
  • Enrollment: 7,329
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 8.89%
  • Graduation Rate: 21.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,444.00
  • Median Payment: $88.16
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

Whitworth University RN Programs in WA [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Whitworth University

  • 300 W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA - 99251
  • (509) 777-1000

  • Campus: Spokane, WA
  • Net Price: $25,750.00
  • Enrollment: 2,358
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.50%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 6.52%
  • Graduation Rate: 73.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,062.00
  • Median Payment: $261.68
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

Washington Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Upon the completion of an approved nursing program, candidates will be required to verify program completion. This must be done before he/she can be granted authorization to take the NCLEX exam. The applicant will be responsible for an $88 nonrefundable application fee. There is a $200 registration fee that will be paid to Pearson VUE to register for the exam. When the candidate has received authorization to test (ATT), he/she will schedule the exam. After this, the candidate will verify the licensure online before receiving a paper copy.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in Washington by endorsement. They will be required to submit a criminal background check through fingerprinting. If the registered nurse as an active license, he/she must submit verification of licensure and transcripts from an accredited nursing program. Candidates may work under a temporary permit that will allow them to work while the background check is being processed. Nurses who do not have an active license will be required to take part in a refresher course.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Registered nurses who obtained licensure outside of the United States will need to have an educational evaluation performed by an approved organization. The applicant will also be required to attest to having had AIDS training.

Washington RN Job Outlook

Health care facilities in Washington are pushing for nurses that are baccalaureate-prepared. A lot of nursing schools in Washington work in collaboration with health care facilities to ensure that a high level of education is provided which will ultimately result in well educated and highly skilled nursing workforce. Nurses who have obtained a BSN have the ability to provide education resources for nursing students and newly licensed nurses. Certifications can provide nurses with unique career mobility and independent practice in areas such as oncology and nursing advocacy.

Washington Registered Nursing Salaries

Overall, Seattle has the highest number employed registered nurses along with the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Bellingham, WA 1,240 $37.28 $74,690
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA Estimate not released $36.45 $74,090
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 1,420 $30.60 $60,960
Longview, WA 680 $36.51 $74,820
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 780 $36.03 $71,200
Olympia, WA 1,640 $38.42 $80,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 23,370 $40.52 $83,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 29,680 $39.83 $82,370
Spokane, WA 5,000 $35.14 $71,190
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 6,300 $37.27 $78,580
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 1,080 $35.72 $73,080
Yakima, WA 1,690 $31.27 $64,110
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 900 $34.36 $69,150
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,130 $33.73 $68,020
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 980 $34.71 $66,130
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,160 $34.32 $71,300
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data