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.

Advanced Registered Nurse in Washington

EducationGraduate Degree in Nursing
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$85 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification in Nursing Specialty
RenewalAPRN licenses renew with the R.N. license. Fees are $101 ($151 if submitted after your license expiration date) and $96 ($146 if submitted after your license expiration date).

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.)

The following paperwork is necessary to complete renewal:

  • Proof of active national certification during each biannual renewal period;
  • Copy of current Washington State R.N. license (R.N. license may be renewed along with ARNP license);
  • Attestation of Advanced Nursing Practice form;
  • Attestation of Continuing Education form;
  • Proof of your current national certification.

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 $85 Application Fee.
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Registered Nurse (RN) in Washington

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$90 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $101 ($151 if submitted after license expiration date). 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 $90 Application Fee.
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Washington

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$90 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $101 ($151 if submitted after license expiration date). 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 $90 Application Fee.
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