RN to BSN in Washington

Nursing in Washington State is a growing, lucrative field thanks to the area’s high demand for healthcare; there are only about 50,000 registered nurses in a population of close to 7 million. As a result, average salaries are high, with registered nurses earning $76,000 and nurse anesthetists earning $165,000. The cities with the highest employment rates for nurses are Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Spokane and Tacoma.

A 2015 report from WalletHub recently analyzed the best and worst states for nurses, taking into consideration opportunity, competition, work environment, salary and more. The study ranked Washington State as the number one choice for nursing graduates.

Below, you will find a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help you maximize your earnings and management potential.

Featured Washington Nurse

Sarah E. Colter RN, BSN

Anyone can be trained to do the technical skills that an RN performs on a daily basis however; nursing care has evolved into much more than procedural proficiencies. A BSN provides a foundation from which one can manage all aspects of patient care, appraise and translate new evidence into nursing practice, and be at the forefront of a quickly growing and dynamic profession.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Washington

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Washington’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Bellevue College

$ 107 resident
$ 279 nonresident

Application Deadlines

November 1st

  • Full-time students can complete the degree in four quarters; part-time may choose to complete the degree in six to twelve quarters.
  • The program prepares nurses to become workplace leaders and managers.
Hybrid 3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484

Olympic College

$ 106 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st, December 1st, and May 1st

  • Courses can be taken weekly until the last two quarters when classes meet twice weekly.
  • Individualized program plans meet each student’s unique needs.
  • Applicants must have one year of clinical practice (nursing school clinicals are acceptable).
Campus 1600 Chester Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337

Saint Martin’s University

$ 110 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Ongoing Admissions

  • The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine is a unique program offering.
  • The curriculum is designed to allow students to meet work and personal responsibilities.
Hybrid 5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

University of Washington – Bothell

$ 325 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 2nd, January 29th, and October 15th

  • Students may earn their degree in four quarters.
  • Nurses with an ADN can earn their BSN after 45 credits of study.
  • University of Washington School of Nursing is a consistently top-ranked school.
Hybrid 18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Washington State University

$ 494 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

January 15th and August 20th

  • Along with leadership and management, the program aims to build competency in ethics and community health.
  • Students combine coursework and theory with clinical practice through advanced practicum experiences.
  • Hybrid course delivery offers flexibility for workings students; they are only required to be on campus 1-2 times per semester per course.
Hybrid French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910

Western Washington University

$ 233 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st

  • The school prides itself on a well-rounded curriculum and includes topics such as social justice.
  • View an informational video here.
  • Collaboration is a key feature of the school's educational environment.
Campus 516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9008

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Washington that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Washington that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Washington has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Washington is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Washington RN’s with a BSN?

The AC helped implement a common set of prerequisite courses for all BSN programs and is investigating the potential of a statewide common nursing curriculum. The coalition aims to have at least 80% of Washington nurses holding a BSN.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The coalition hosts leadership workshops for nurses around the state.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The coalition disseminated a “Evaluating Scope of Practice” evaluation to employers to identify limits to APRN practice.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC is designing a mentoring program for nursing students of color.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Amy Johnson

Strategic Consultant
Association of Washington Businesses

Linda Tieman

Executive Director
Washington Center for Nursing

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Washington Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Washington Licensing

Washington is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Washington nursing license is only valid within Washington. For licensing information, visit the Washington Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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