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.


Best LPN Programs in Washington

Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Washington? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Washington are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 13 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 5 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Washington click here.

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.

Learn more about Washington LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Washington 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

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Washington LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Washington LPN Programs


Yakima Valley 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
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#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
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#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
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#11 Skagit Valley College
1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 675-6656 Visit Homepage
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#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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