Nursing Schools in Washington

The state of Washington is home to 46 nursing schools. This year, we evaluated 40 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best value schools in Washington. Nursingexplorer.com's ranking system is data-driven. We only use quantifiable data (such as NCLEX pass rate and average net price) to calculate the ranks. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

Best Value RN Programs in Washington

Best Value LPN Programs in Washington

Complete List of Nursing Schools in Washington

Listed below are all the nursing schools located in Washington. Use the sort feature to view which schools have the best RN and LPN programs, which ones are the cheapest or to compare campus sizes. Click on each school's name for more detail info.


Big Bend Community College

Big Bend Community College

Moses Lake, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,266
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.5%
RN Programs best-value score96.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score85.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Seattle University

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$35,581
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.4%
RN Programs best-value score56.0

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Lakewood, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,976
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.6%
RN Programs best-value score96.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Peninsula College

Peninsula College

Port Angeles, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,658
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
RN Programs best-value score95.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
Northwest University

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,547
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
RN Programs best-value score73.1

Programs offered

  • BSN
Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College

Bellingham, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,291
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
RN Programs best-value score94.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
Everett Community College

Everett Community College

Everett, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,422
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.4%
RN Programs best-value score91.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score68.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Kirkland, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,544
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.9%
RN Programs best-value score95.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score83.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,567
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.9%
RN Programs best-value score69.9

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
Bellevue College

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,337
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.9%
RN Programs best-value score94.2

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,034
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.5%
RN Programs best-value score93.2
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score76.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,262
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.2%
RN Programs best-value score94.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score79.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$34,085
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.2%
RN Programs best-value score55.7

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,107
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate91.6%
RN Programs best-value score96.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate98.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score85.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,488
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate91.5%
RN Programs best-value score94.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score78.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University

College Place, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,940
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate91.0%
RN Programs best-value score69.9

Programs offered

  • BSN
University of Washington-Seattle Campus

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,443
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate90.8%
RN Programs best-value score91.0

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
Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College

Mount Vernon, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,937
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate90.3%
RN Programs best-value score93.2
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score76.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Lower Columbia College

Lower Columbia College

Longview, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,057
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.8%
RN Programs best-value score94.5
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate99.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score80.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,376
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.4%
RN Programs best-value score94.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate99.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score79.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
North Seattle College

North Seattle College

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,317
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.9%
RN Programs best-value score100.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate99.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score100.0

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Washington State University

Washington State University

Pullman, WA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,885
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.6%
RN Programs best-value score78.1

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,321
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
RN Programs best-value score95.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
Olympic College

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,453
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.2%
RN Programs best-value score96.8
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score88.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College

Aberdeen, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,558
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.9%
RN Programs best-value score95.1
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate93.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score82.4

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Seattle Central College

Seattle Central College

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,546
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.9%
RN Programs best-value score98.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
Clark College

Clark College

Vancouver, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,483
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.5%
RN Programs best-value score93.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
Centralia College

Centralia College

Centralia, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,617
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate85.5%
RN Programs best-value score93.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score78.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Highline College

Highline College

Des Moines, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,704
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate85.0%
RN Programs best-value score91.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,522
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate83.6%
RN Programs best-value score98.1
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate94.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score93.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$31,078
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate83.2%
RN Programs best-value score55.7

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
South Seattle College

South Seattle College

Seattle, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,433
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate78.0%
RN Programs best-value score91.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate80.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score67.7

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Spokane Community College

Spokane Community College

Spokane, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,880
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate77.8%
RN Programs best-value score97.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate98.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score91.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Tacoma Community College

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,959
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate76.6%
RN Programs best-value score95.4

Programs offered

  • ADN
Renton Technical College

Renton Technical College

Renton, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,396
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate65.1%
RN Programs best-value score93.7
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate83.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score81.2

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Clover Park Technical College

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,042
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate61.3%
RN Programs best-value score96.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate83.9%
LPN/LVN best-value score89.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • ADN
Heritage University

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$11,742
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate46.9%
RN Programs best-value score76.1
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate83.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score48.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College

Tacoma, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,895
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate94.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score96.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
Green River College

Green River College

Auburn, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,229
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate93.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score67.6

Programs offered

  • LPN
Edmonds Community College

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,294
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate91.9%
LPN/LVN best-value score72.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,393

Programs offered

  • BSN
Pierce College-Puyallup

Pierce College-Puyallup

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

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Whitworth University

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$29,281

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
Charter College

Charter College

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

Programs offered

  • ADN
Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, WA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,695

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
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