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Washington LPN to RN (ADN/BSN) Programs
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Washington state has a large healthcare industry with several acute-care hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians offices. RNs in Washington and earn an average $74,300 annually, compared to a national average of $65,500 a year, reports the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (O*net, 2013). The state also has 9,740 LPNs who earn an average $46,600 annually, slightly higher than the national rate of $41,500. While the poor economy has dampened the overall job market, nursing jobs are still in demand in many areas of the state known for its rugged mountains and windswept beaches.

There are numerous nursing schools in Washington offering LPN to RN (ADN and BSN) programs. They include:

Everett Community College offers flexible nursing education, which prepares students for licensure as RNs. Students have the option of taking the LPN exam after four quarters of study or they can continue toward the two-year Associates in Arts and Sciences in nursing degree. LPNs are also accepted as ‘advanced placement' students for a course of study leading to eventual licensure as RNs. The school reports that 100 percent of RN graduates find jobs within six months.

Whatcom Community College has a face-to-face nursing program, which is comprised of daytime lecture and lab courses along with clinical sessions, scheduled either during the day or evening. A hybrid part-time program combines online lectures with campus lab and clinical training. The college offers tuition assistance to LPNs entering the Associate in Science degree program. For continuing students, Whatcom's ADN degree transfers directly to the University of Washington at Bothell's BSN program.

Pierce College is located 30 miles south of Seattle and offers a two-year associate degree in nursing program, which prepares students for RN licensure. The college also offers an LPN-RN Bridge program. Students who are LPNs, or are recent graduates of an LPN program, may be able to transfer directly into the fourth quarter of Pierce's ADN track through this option. However, these students must take an LPN articulation course the week before the start of the fall quarter. The ADN degree transfers directly to the University of Washington-Tacoma's BSN program.

Programs from Washington Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited LPN to RN programs with campus locations in Washington.

Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 85.0% (data from 2009)
Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN Advanced Placement Program
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 94.0% (data from 2009)
Everett Community College (Everett, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 96.0% (data from 2009)
Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, WA)
Online Program Name: Associate of Applied Science Degree (LPN Advanced Standing)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 93.0% (data from 2009)
Lower Columbia College (Longview, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 86.0% (data from 2009)
North Seattle Community College (Seattle, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN AAS-T degree
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 95.0% (data from 2009)
Pierce College (Puyallup, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to ADN Completion Program (Bridge RN)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 85.0% (data from 2009)
Seattle Community Colleges (Seattle, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN Ladder Program
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 100.0% (data from 2009)
Seattle Community Colleges (Seattle, WA)
Online Program Name: The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) LPN to RN Transition
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 100.0% (data from 2009)
Shoreline Community College (Seattle, WA)
Online Program Name: Advanced Placement Option (LPNs)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 99.0% (data from 2009)
Skagit Valley College (Bellingham, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN (Second Year Associates Degree in Registered Nursing)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon, WA)
Online Program Name: LPN to RN (Second Year Associates Degree in Registered Nursing)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 96.0% (data from 2009)
Wenatchee Valley College (Wenatchee, WA)
Online Program Name: Associate of Technical Sciences Degree for PN’s
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 85.0% (data from 2009)
Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)
Online Program Name: AS-Nursing
NCLEX Pass Rate (RN Program): 92.0% (data from 2009)

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