Becoming an LPN in Washington

Washington ensures consistent standards for health practices by developing continuing competency standards and developing rules, policies, and procedures for healthcare. They also investigating complaints and enforcing disciplinary action to protect patients and their right to quality healthcare. By 2024, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in Washington. Interested parties can meet that growing demand and apply for a Washington LPN license by either exam or by endorsement.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Washington

    Washington has more than 10 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) schools across the state-approved to aid in state licensure. With an option of schools such as vocational high schools, private nursing schools, and community colleges, it's never been easier to complete a nursing program. Over the last few years, we've been analyzing NCLEX-PN data across the state and compiling a list, ranking the top 10 LPN schools for Washington.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (


    Yakima Community College

    S.16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima,, WA 98902 - (509) 574-4600 - Visit Homepage

    Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) is a public, two-year institution of higher learning located in Yakima, Washington, with an additional campus located in Grandview. YVCC seeks to enrich and enhance both the student and the community's lives, delivering accessible education by providing basic education, academic courses, professional programs, and workforce development options.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Big Bend Community College

    7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837 - (509) 793-2222 - Visit Homepage

    Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is located in Moses Lake, Washington. BBCC offers a variety of academic programs with a flexible schedule and even distance learning--educational opportunities include earning an associate's degree, transfer education, career certification, or completing a workforce development program.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Big Bend Community College

    Columbia Basin College

    2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301 - (509) 547-0511 - Visit Homepage

    Columbia Basin College (CBC) is a comprehensive two-year college, located in Pasco, Washington, with an additional campus located in Richland, providing quality education and job preparation. CBC provides opportunities for students to achieve higher education, meaningful employment, and basic skills development, as well as promoting culture enrichment for the entire community.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Columbia Basin College

    Centralia College

    600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA 98531 - (360) 736-9391 - Visit Homepage

    Centralia College, located in Centralia, Washington, with an additional campus located in Morton, provides an increasing number of educational programs for students. Centralia College seeks to promote learning activities within the community by offering programs that not only allow provide degrees and certifications for students, but they also allow members of the community to advance in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Centralia College

    North Seattle College

    9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 934-3600 - Visit Homepage

    North Seattle Community College, located in Seattle, Washington, is committed to changing lives through education, offering comprehensive education opportunities and promoting continuous learning and growth. North Seattle Community College promotes collaborative, self-directed learning as well as engaging coursework and faculty.

    Overall Score: 99.76 - Request Info on North Seattle College

    Continued List of All Programs in Washington

    #6 Grays Harbor College
    1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520
    (360) 532-9020 Visit Homepage
    99.44Request Information
    #7 Wenatchee Valley College
    1300 5th St,, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    (509) 682-6800 Visit Homepage
    98.61Request Information
    #8 Walla Walla Community College
    500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362
    (509) 522-2500 Visit Homepage
    98.07Request Information
    #9 Green River College
    12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092
    (253) 833-9111 Visit Homepage
    96.99Request Information
    #10 Olympic College
    1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
    (360) 792-6050 Visit Homepage
    96.29Request Information
    #11 Skagit Valley College
    1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    (360) 675-6656 Visit Homepage
    90.89Request Information
    #12 Bates Technical College
    1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
    (253) 680-7000 Visit Homepage
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    #13 Clover Park Technical College
    4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 589-5800 Visit Homepage
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  • Washington LPN Licensing Requirements

    Washington has education requirements that must be met by attending a Board approved nursing program. Certification forms can be either electronically submitted or mailed to those eligible to sit for the licensure exam.

    Once coursework is complete, the graduate must take and pass the NCLEX exam.

    Nurse Licensing Application Forms (

    An LPN may have physical strength and endurance challenges to perform their job properly. These additional requirements include, the ability to lift patients, pulling and pushing machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running.

    LPN’s can transfer from another state and license within the state by means of endorsement as long as the following conditions are met by the applicant:

    • Submits verification of an LPN/LVN license in another state.
    • Submit verification of past state-approved nursing education requirements.
    • Passed the NCLEX examination.

    A temporary permit can be issued for 6 months in the state of Washington to individuals who meet licensing requirements but require additional time for the federal background check.

    For those educated in another country, applicants must submit an Education Verification as well as all official transcripts directly to the Nursing Commission. He or she is also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - exam and score at least a 70 with a speaking score of at least a 26. The applicant must also sit for and pass the NCLEX exam.

    The Washington LPN license renews annually on the license-holder’s birthday.

    Additional WA Nursing Resources

    Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

    Department of Health
    HPQA #6
    310 Israel Rd SE
    Tumwater, WA 98501-7864
    Phone: (360) 236-4700
    Fax: (360) 236-4738

    1. Washington State Nurses Association (

  • LPN Salary: Washington vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Washington LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPN's in the state of Washington was $48,800; $5,600 more than the national median income for LPN's. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Washington ( published by, state and national trends predict a 10% increase in LPN jobs in Washington by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 310 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (

    Washington Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information organized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Washington. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Seattle, Bellevue, Everett2,550$25.93$53,930
    Tacoma, Lakewood1,520$23.98$49,870
    Spokane, Spokane Valley740$23.18$48,210
    Bremerton, Silverdale340$23.05$47,950
    Olympia, Tumwater240$24.36$50,670
    Kennewick, Richland170$23.66$49,210
    Mount Vernon, Anacortes160$21.91$45,570
    Walla Walla70$20.68$43,010