In order to practice nursing in the United States, all nursing school graduates must first take and pass the registered nurses (RN) or practical nurses (PN) National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
Visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN) website for information about the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
To practice nursing in Washington State, you must first pass the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN and be licensed by the NCSBN. Then you must also fulfill the licensing requirements mandated by the state’s nursing commission.
Visit the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) page on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website for information on how to apply for or renew your Washington State ARNP, RN, LPN or Nursing Technician license.
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)