Nursing Schools in Washington

There are 50 nursing schools in Washington. This year, we evaluated 40 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology 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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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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North Seattle College
Seattle, WA
North Seattle College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$3,317
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 99.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$4,522
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 83.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 94.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 98.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 93.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA
Seattle Central College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$4,546
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 98.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$4,880
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 77.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 97.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 91.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Clover Park Technical College
Lakewood, WA
Clover Park Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$5,042
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 61.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.9%
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 89.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • ADN
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Olympic College
Bremerton, WA
Olympic College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$5,453
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score 88.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,107
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 85.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Big Bend Community College
Moses Lake, WA
Big Bend Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,266
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 97.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$5,976
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 96.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, WA
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,544
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 83.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Grays Harbor College
Aberdeen, WA
Grays Harbor College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,558
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 93.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 82.4

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,658
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Shoreline Community College
Shoreline, WA
Shoreline Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,321
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$5,959
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 76.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Lower Columbia College
Longview, WA
Lower Columbia College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,057
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 99.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score 80.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Wenatchee Valley College
Wenatchee, WA
Wenatchee Valley College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,376
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 99.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 79.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Yakima Valley College
Yakima, WA
Yakima Valley College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,262
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 79.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA
South Puget Sound Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,488
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 78.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Bellevue College
Bellevue, WA
Bellevue College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,337
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA
Whatcom Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,291
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Renton Technical College
Renton, WA
Renton Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,396
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 65.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 81.2

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Centralia College
Centralia, WA
Centralia College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,617
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 78.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Columbia Basin College
Pasco, WA
Columbia Basin College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,034
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 76.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon, WA
Skagit Valley College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,937
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 76.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Clark College
Vancouver, WA
Clark College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,483
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Everett Community College
Everett, WA
Everett Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,422
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 68.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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South Seattle College
Seattle, WA
South Seattle College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,433
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 80.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 67.7

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Highline College
Des Moines, WA
Highline College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,704
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$9,443
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$17,885
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 78.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Heritage University
Toppenish, WA
Heritage University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$11,742
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 42.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 73.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 48.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Northwest University
Kirkland, WA
Northwest University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,547
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 73.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Pacific Lutheran University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$24,567
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 69.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$23,940
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 69.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Seattle University
Seattle, WA
Seattle University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$35,581
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 97.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 56.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$34,085
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 55.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
Seattle Pacific University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$31,078
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 83.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 55.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Bates Technical College
Tacoma, WA
Bates Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$3,895
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 94.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 96.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Edmonds Community College
Lynnwood, WA
Edmonds Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,294
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 91.9%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 72.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Green River College
Auburn, WA
Green River College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$9,229
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 93.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 67.6

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Cascadia College
Bothell, WA
Cascadia College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,657
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
Central Washington University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,124
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA
Eastern Washington University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$11,393
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Pierce College-Puyallup
Puyallup, WA
Pierce College-Puyallup
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,419
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Bothell, WA
University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$7,536
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
Tacoma, WA
University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,674
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • Nursing Administration
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
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Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
Whitworth University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$29,281
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Charter College
Vancouver, WA
Charter College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$30,511
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Saint Martin's University
Lacey, WA
Saint Martin's University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,695
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$16,117
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • 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