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: 9/6/2013

Nursing Licenses in WashingtonMaster’s Required?
Advanced Registered NurseY
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N

Washington Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$27,220$44,400$72,450 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Washington can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Washington nursing salary.

Washington Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in Washington. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in WashingtonScholarship Amount

Loan Assistance $35,000/year
Must serve in medically undeserved/shortage areas of the state; minimum commitment of two years.

Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship$1000
Must be admitted to a graduate nursing program with CCNE accreditation. Must be a resident of Washington state.

Marguerite McAlphin Memorial Scholarship$300
Must be a resident of Washington State. Must be a child or grandchild of a veteran, or have served in the Armed Forces.

Health Professional Loan Repaymentup to $75,000/year
Serve in medically undeserved/shortage areas of the state; minimum commitment of two years.

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

Is Washington a Nursing Licensure Compact State?No

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!


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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.