Nursing Education

The Nursing Commission approves and oversees nursing assistant, nursing education and refresher course programs in the state of Washington. The commission sets education standards that:

  • Promote the safe and effective practice of nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.
  • Provide criteria for developing, evaluating, and improving new and established educational programs.
  • Ensure candidates are educationally prepared for licensure or certification at the appropriate level of nursing practice.
  • Facilitate interstate endorsement of graduates for commission-approved programs of nursing.
  • Ensure nursing education standards for out-of-state distant learning programs are equivalent to in-state nursing programs.
  • Provide criteria for developing, evaluating, and improving new and established refresher course programs.

If you have questions about nursing assistant, nursing education, out-of-state distance learning or refresher course programs, please call the Nursing Education Unit at 360-236-4703 or email us.