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.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
Featured Washington Nurse
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.
$ 107 resident
$ 279 nonresident
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 3000 Landerholm Cir SE |
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
$ 106 per credit hour
June 1st, December 1st, and May 1st
| ||School Website||Campus|| 1600 Chester Ave |
Bremerton, WA 98337
Saint Martin’s University
$ 110 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 5000 Abbey Way SE |
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
University of Washington - Bothell
$ 325 per credit hour
March 2nd, January 29th, and October 15th
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 18115 Campus Way NE |
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Washington State University
$ 494 per credit hour
January 15th and August 20th
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| French Administration Building |
Pullman, WA 99164-5910
Western Washington University
$ 233 per credit hour
| ||School Website||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.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
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.
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.
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.
Association of Washington Businesses
Washington Center for Nursing
Source: Campaign for Action
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
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Olympia, WA 98504
575 Andover Park West, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98188-3321
16201 E. Indiana Avenue,
Spokane Valley WA 99216