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Washington State Nursing Education

We approve and regulate nursing education programs for Washington state for:

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Nursing Technician (NTEC)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

We regulate:

  • Nursing education programs.
  • Nurse refresher courses for LPN and RN.
  • Out-of-state nursing education programs for clinical placement in Washington state.
  • Nursing professional vocational relationships (PVR) courses.

We set standards to:

  • Promote safe and effective nursing practice.
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve education programs.
  • Ensure education programs prepare candidates for licensing and certification.
  • Ensure out-of-state distant learning programs are equal to our in-state nursing programs.

Information for Nursing Programs

Information, resources, and links for nursing education programs, including:

See all information for nursing education programs.

Information for Students

Information, resources, and links for nursing students, including:

See all information for nursing students.


Find the rules for nursing education training programs in WAC 246-840-500 through 571.