RN Programs in Washington

Being a Registered Nurse (RN) is a great career for the right person. It is challenging and exciting, and it is rewarding as well. Registered Nurses are the backbone of health care because they take care of most patients in the United States.

They administer medication, help patients in emergency situations, and deliver babies. More RNs will be needed in the future since the population of the U.S. is aging, so now is a good time to go into nursing school.

There are two paths that students can choose to take to train and begin a career as an RN. They may either complete a two-year Associate Degree program or a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Both of these educational routes qualify graduates to take the national exam that is necessary for licensure.

RN Licensure in Washington

Graduates of accredited RN programs in Washington must apply for their license. When they have passed the NCLEX-RN, their license will be issued.

Washington RN Registry

Washington State Department of Health

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

310 Israel Rd. SE, P.O. Box 47864

Olympia, Washington 98504-7864


RN Jobs and Salary in Washington

Registered Nurses work in many different industries in Washington including hospitals, schools and in education settings. Here are a few of the available RN positions that are currently available in the state:

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle

Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane

Puget Sound Blood Center, Olympia

Valley Medical Center, Renton

Lincoln Avenue Medical-Dental Center, Yakima

Stevens Hospital, Edmonds

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima

Yakima Medical-Dental Clinic, Yakima

Registered Nurses in Washington earn an average annual salary of $73,270.

RN Programs in Washington

Each of the RN programs in Washington has their own requirements for admission to their programs. Some community colleges accept high school graduates or those who have earned their GED without any other requirements. They then work with the student to take pre-nursing courses at their university or college. When the student has completed these and maintained a Grade Point Average of around 2.5, then it is possible to apply to the RN program. Beginning at the college does not guarantee acceptance into the RN program. Applicants should plan to submit their application around one year in advance.

The following list shows some of the RN programs that lead to an Associate’s Degree:

Bellevue Community College

Department of Nursing

Main Campus, Rm. R140-A

3000 Landerholm Circle SE

Bellevue, WA 98007-6484


Bellingham Technical College

Department of Nursing

3028 Lindburgh Avenue

Bellingham, WA 98225-1559


Big Bend Community College

Nursing Department

7662 Chanute Street

Moses Lake, WA 98837


Centralia Community College

Department of Nursing

600 West Locust

Centralia, WA 98531


Clark College

Department of Nursing

1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Vancouver, WA 98663


Clover Park Technical College

Nursing Department

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW

Lakewood, WA 98499-4098


Columbia Basin College

Department of Nursing

2600 N. 20th Avenue

Pasco, WA 99301


Everett Community College

Nursing Department

2000 Tower Street

Everett, WA 98201-1327


Grays Harbor Community College

Department of Nursing

1620 Edward P. Smith Drive

Aberdeen, WA 98520


Highline Community College

Department of Nursing

P.O. Box 98000

Des Moines, WA 98198-9800


Lake Washington Technical College

Nursing Program

11605 132nd Avenue NE

Kirkland, WA 98034


Lower Columbia College

School of Nursing

1600 Maple Street

Longview, WA 98632


North Seattle Community College

Nursing Program

9600 College Way North

Seattle, WA 98103


Olympic College

Department of Nursing

1600 Chester Avenue

Bremerton, WA 98377-1699


Peninsula College

Department of Nursing

1502 East Lauridsen Blvd.

Port Angeles, WA 98362


Pierce College-Puyallup

Nursing Program

1601 39th Avenue SE

Puyallup, WA 98374-2222


Renton Technical College

Department of Nursing

3000 NE 4th Street

Renton, WA 98056


Seattle Central Community College

Nursing Program

1701 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122


Shoreline Community College

Department of Nursing

16101 Greenwood Avenue N

Seattle, WA 98133


Skagit Valley College-Mt Vernon

Department of Nursing

2405 E. College Way

Mt. Vernon, WA 98273


South Puget Sound Community College

Department of Nursing

2011 Mottman Rd. SE

Olympia, WA 98512


South Seattle Community College

Department of Nursing

6000 16th Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98106


Spokane Community College

Department of Nursing

1810 N. Greene St. MS 2090

Spokane, WA 99217


Tacoma Community College

Nursing Program

6501 S. 19th St.

Tacoma, WA 98466


Walla Walla Community College

Department of Nursing

500 Tausick Way

Walla Walla, WA 99362


Wenatchee Valley College

Department of Nursing

1300 5th Street

Wenatchee, WA 98801


Whatcom Community College

Department of Nursing

237 West Kellogg Road

Bellingham, WA 98237


Yakima Valley Community College

Department of Nursing

N. 16th & Nob Hill Blvd.

Yakima, WA 98907-2520


The following list is of RN programs in Washington leading to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. Most of these Registered Nursing programs require that applicants have completed college preparatory classes in high school and that they have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0, 2.5, or 3.0. They almost all require either the ACT or SAT exam with satisfactory scores of at least 20 for the ACT or 1,000 for the SAT. Some RN programs at the Bachelor’s Degree level are very selective and only take about 30 applicants from hundreds that apply. Other programs are much more lenient. For this reason, it is best to contact the admissions counselors at the college or university to discuss your academic background with them.


Gonzaga University

Department of Nursing

502 E. Boone Avenue

Spokane, WA 99258-0038


Northwest University

Buntain School of Nursing

5520 108th Avenue, NE

Kirkland, WA 98033


Pacific Lutheran University

School of Nursing-Ramstad 214

Tacoma, WA 98447


Seattle Pacific University

Lydia Green Nursing Program

3307 3rd Avenue West

Seattle,, WA 98119


Seattle University

College of Nursing

901-12 Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122-1090


Walla Walla University

School of Nursing

10345 SE Market St.

Portland, OR 97216


Washington State University

Intercollegiate College of Nursing

2917 W. Ft. George Wright Dr.

Spokane, WA 99204


University of Washington

School of Nursing

Box 357260

Seattle, WA 98195

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in Washington.