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.
Program Details1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405 Request Information7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837 Request Information600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA 98531 Request Information4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Request Information2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301 Request Information1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520 Request Information12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092 Request Information9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 Request Information1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337 Request Information1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Request Information500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362 Request Information1300 5th St,, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Request InformationS.16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima,, WA 98902 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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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 (http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NurseLicensing.aspx)
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 - http://www.ets.org/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.
Learn more about Washington LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
Additional WA Nursing Resources
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Department of Health
310 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501-7864
Phone: (360) 236-4700
Fax: (360) 236-4738
1. Washington State Nurses Association (http://www.wsna.org)For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Washington LPN to RN programs page.