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Washington Nursing Schools
(found programs from 28 schools)

State Nursing Board: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

State Nurses Association: Washington State Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Washington State Hospital Association

Other State Health Associations: Washington Center for Nursing


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Nurses are often regarded as the backbone of the health care industry. Every professional who works in this industry is important and necessary, but nurses play a particularly important role. From patient care and charting to doctor assistance and patient communication, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses carry out many of the daily tasks that help health centers run.

If you want to improve health care in the state of Washington, contact the schools below to learn more about nursing programs in Washington.

According to Staffing Industry, Washington is the top state for working nurses. They came to this conclusion after looking at the amount of health care facilities, salary data, and amount of nursing openings per capita. Investing in your education can help you make your mark in this field.

Throughout the state of Washington, nurses can look forward to recognition for their hard work and success with patients. Recently, a Daviess Community Hospital nurse was named the 2015 Nurse of the Year.

Nursing Education in Washington

As you proceed through your nursing education, you may enroll in a huge variety of courses that test and develop your nursing skills. When you first start your education, you can plan on taking courses like Anatomy and Physiology, Health Assessment, Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing Practice, Introduction to Nursing Research, and Public Health Nursing.

Throughout the one to four years you spend in nursing school, you may get many different types of clinical experience. It's likely that your school will send you to hospitals, clinics, and community health centers to meet the experience requirements of your program. In total, you should have more than 500 hours of clinical experience by the time you graduate.

Washington organizations, employer, and government entities supply a number of financial aid opportunities to nursing students. The Washington State Nurses Foundation distributes funds to those who show great promise in the field of nursing. You may also wish to join Nursing Students of Washington State for access to their scholarship programs. The Washington Center for Nursing also awards scholarships each school year.

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Working as a Nurse in Washington

Your nursing program should prepare you to work as a skilled nursing professional in any health care setting. However, you must still obtain your license from the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission of Washington. This process involves passing a thorough exam at your level of education and ensuring that you meet the educational requirements of the state of Washington.

As a whole, job growth rates in Washington are quite promising. A 17% increase in LPN jobs is expected by the year 2022 (O*Net, 2012). For registered nurses, job openings may swell by 20% (O*Net, 2012).

The income you earn may vary based on your level of education and your experience. The average salary for a licensed practical nurse is $49,980 per year (BLS, 2015). Registered nurses report an average salary of $78,130 per year (BLS, 2015).

As a health care professional, you can help Washington residents lead more fulfilling lives. Take the first step by reaching out to nursing programs in Washington today for program information.

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Washington include Sacred Heart Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center / First Hill Campus, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Nursing Degree Programs in Washington


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MSN Programs from Washington Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Washington.

Online MSN Programs

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Health Systems Leadership (online), Nurse Educator (online), Psychiatric Mental Health (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA)
Program Name: Care and Outcomes Manager (COM), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Leadership in Community Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Family, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Gerontological, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatric (Addictions Focus), Spirituality & Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse Specialist (APFNS), Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM), Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT), Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Neonatal or Perinatal), Family and Child Nursing (FCN), Independent Master of Nursing (IMN), Master of Nursing/Master of Public Health (MN/MPH), Master of Science (General), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Washington-Bothell (Bothell, WA)
Program Name: Master of Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Washington-Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)
Program Name: Communities, Populations and Health, Healthcare Leadership, Independent Option, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Washington State University (Spokane, WA)
Program Name: Community-Based/Population-Focused Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
WGU Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education (online), M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option) (online), M.S. Nursing - Leadership and Management (online), M.S. Nursing - Leadership and Management (RN to MSN) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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