Washington Nursing License

Washington Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Washington State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015

Nursing Licenses in WashingtonMaster’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N
Nursing AssistantN

Washington Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$28,850$48,060$76,420 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Washington can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Washington nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Washington. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Washington, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Washington nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Washington, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Washington is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Washington

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances with no physician involvement. 30 hours of pharmacology education are required.


Washington Nursing Licensure Renewal

Registered nurse (R.N.) licenses renew annually on the nurse’s birthday. Applications for renewal, fees, and associated documentation should be submitted prior to the expiration of your license. Renewal reminders are mailed to the address on file with the board. Nurses are not issued a hard copy of the renewed license. Nurses and employers may confirm the renewal notice by visiting the Provider Credential Search.

Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife in Washington

EducationGraduate Degree in Nursing
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$92 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredAmerican Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
RenewalAPRN licenses renew with the R.N. license. Fees are $96

APRNs must complete no less than 250 practice hours specific to the area of specialty during each renewal cycle and attest to the completion of this minimum number of hours in practice each biannual cycle in order renew a license. APRNs not in their first renewal cycle must complete the Attestation of Advanced Nursing Practice form.

Continuing education requirements include no less than 30 continuing educations (CE) hours specific to the area of specialty during each biannual renewal period. Continuing education programs are available through your national certification agency. APRNs with prescriptive authority need no less than 15 additional hours of pharmacology CE during each two-year renewal period and must complete the Attestation of Continuing Education form. (Form is waived for first renewal period.)


Additional InformationApplicants Must Demonstrate Completion of 7 Clock Hours of AIDS Education, and Possess a Washington Registered Nurse License
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $92 Application Fee.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Washington

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$88 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $97. Registered nurses will be required to keep documentation showing at least 531 hours of active practice and 45 clock hours of continuing education. The hours must start on or after the renewal date for the current cycle. R.N.’s will have three years to meet these requirements even though the license renews annually.
Additional InformationApplicants Must Demonstrate Completion of 7 Clock Hours of AIDS Education
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $88 Application Fee.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Washington

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$88 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $96.
Additional InformationApplicants Must Demonstrate Completion of 7 Clock Hours of AIDS Education
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $88 Application Fee.

 

Nursing Assistant in Washington

EducationCompletion of Nursing Assistant Training Program
ExaminationNursing Assistant Exam
Fees$48 Application Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $53.
Additional InformationApplicants Must Demonstrate Completion of 7 Clock Hours of AIDS Education
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to an $48 Application Fee.