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.

  • LPN Programs in Washington

    Bates Technical College
    1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
    (253) 680-7000 Visit Homepage
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    Big Bend Community College
    7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
    (509) 793-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Centralia College
    600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA 98531
    (360) 736-9391 Visit Homepage
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    Clover Park Technical College
    4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 589-5800 Visit Homepage
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    Columbia Basin College
    2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
    (509) 547-0511 Visit Homepage
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    Grays Harbor College
    1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520
    (360) 532-9020 Visit Homepage
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    Green River College
    12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092
    (253) 833-9111 Visit Homepage
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    North Seattle College
    9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 934-3600 Visit Homepage
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    Olympic College
    1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
    (360) 792-6050 Visit Homepage
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    Skagit Valley College
    1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    (360) 675-6656 Visit Homepage
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    Walla Walla Community College
    500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362
    (509) 522-2500 Visit Homepage
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    Wenatchee Valley College
    1300 5th St,, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    (509) 682-6800 Visit Homepage
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    Yakima Valley Community College
    S.16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima,, WA 98902
    (509) 574-4600 Visit Homepage
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    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 (

    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, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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 (

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