Nursing Schools in Washington

There are 50 nursing schools in Washington. This year, we evaluated 40 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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North Seattle College
Seattle, WA
North Seattle College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,317
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate99.3%

North Seattle College (NSC) is located in Seattle, Washington. NSC was established in 1970 and it now serves more than 17,000 students. This school is part of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges System. The school is well known for being a superb option for those seeking education ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • CNA
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Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,522
NCLEX-RN Pass rate83.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.7%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA
Seattle Central College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,546

Seattle Central College is located in Seattle, Washington. This school was established back in 1965 and is one of the three colleges that comprise the Seattle Colleges District. Seattle Central College has become well known for being among the most diverse colleges in the entirety of the United ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • CNA
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Spokane Community College
Spokane, WA
Spokane Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,880
NCLEX-RN Pass rate77.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.8%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Clover Park Technical College
Lakewood, WA
Clover Park Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,042
NCLEX-RN Pass rate61.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate83.9%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • ADN
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Olympic College
Bremerton, WA
Olympic College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,453
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.4%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,107
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.7%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Big Bend Community College
Moses Lake, WA
Big Bend Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,266

Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is located in Moses Lake, Washington. BBCC was established in 1962 and it currently serves around 4000 students. This community college offers academic programs in more than 43 academic areas. Students can pursue associate’s degrees at this two-year ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN - closed in 2018
  • CNA
  • LPN to ADN
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Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
Lakewood, WA
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,976

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, WA
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,544
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Grays Harbor College
Aberdeen, WA
Grays Harbor College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,558
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.8%

Grays Harbor College (GHC) is located in Aberdeen, Washington. GHC was established all the way back in 1930. Students are able to pursue different degrees and certificates at this school. There are many associate’s degrees to be earned and students can even earn a few bachelor’s ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Peninsula College
Port Angeles, WA
Peninsula College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,658

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Shoreline Community College
Shoreline, WA
Shoreline Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,321

Shoreline Community College is located in Shoreline, Washington. This public community college was established in 1964. The school serves over 14,000 students currently. There are more than 100 academic programs for students to take part in as well as workforce training and certificate ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Tacoma Community College
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,959

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Lower Columbia College
Longview, WA
Lower Columbia College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,057
NCLEX-RN Pass rate89.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate99.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Wenatchee Valley College
Wenatchee, WA
Wenatchee Valley College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,376
NCLEX-RN Pass rate89.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate99.6%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Yakima Valley College
Yakima, WA
Yakima Valley College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,262
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA
South Puget Sound Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,488
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.7%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Bellevue College
Bellevue, WA
Bellevue College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,337

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA
Whatcom Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,291

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Renton Technical College
Renton, WA
Renton Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,396
NCLEX-RN Pass rate65.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate83.3%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Centralia College
Centralia, WA
Centralia College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,617
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Columbia Basin College
Pasco, WA
Columbia Basin College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,034
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon, WA
Skagit Valley College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,937
NCLEX-RN Pass rate90.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Clark College
Vancouver, WA
Clark College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,483

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Everett Community College
Everett, WA
Everett Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,422
NCLEX-RN Pass rate94.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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South Seattle College
Seattle, WA
South Seattle College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,433
NCLEX-RN Pass rate75.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate80.6%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Highline College
Des Moines, WA
Highline College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,704

Programs offered

  • ADN
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,443

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a public institution in Seattle, Washington. The University of Washington also has campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. It was established in 1861 in downtown Seattle. The campus eventually moved to the current University District and includes 703 acres of ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Washington State University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,885

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Heritage University
Toppenish, WA
Heritage University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$11,742
NCLEX-RN Pass rate42.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate83.0%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Northwest University
Kirkland, WA
Northwest University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,547

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Pacific Lutheran University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,567

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Walla Walla University
College Place, WA
Walla Walla University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,940

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Seattle University
Seattle, WA
Seattle University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$35,581

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$34,085

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
Seattle Pacific University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$31,078

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Bates Technical College
Tacoma, WA
Bates Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,895
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Edmonds Community College
Lynnwood, WA
Edmonds Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,294
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.9%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Green River College
Auburn, WA
Green River College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,229
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.0%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Cascadia College
Bothell, WA
Cascadia College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,657

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
Central Washington University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,124

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA
Eastern Washington University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,393

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Pierce College-Puyallup
Puyallup, WA
Pierce College-Puyallup
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,419

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Bothell, WA
University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,536

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
Tacoma, WA
University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,674

Programs offered

  • Nursing Administration
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
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Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
Whitworth University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$29,281

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Charter College
Vancouver, WA
Charter College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$30,511

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Saint Martin's University
Lacey, WA
Saint Martin's University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,695

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,117

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Washington's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Washington's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Washington Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 56,880 17.851 $37 $77,470
Nurse Anesthetists 660 0.207 $90 $188,110
Nurse Midwives 90 0.028 $47 $98,140
Nurse Practitioners 3,110 0.976 $54 $111,620
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 7,380 2.315 $26 $53,180
Nursing Assistants 29,910 9.386 $14 $29,330
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey