Washington State

Welcome to the Evergreen state!

Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.


Generally, the following items are required for endorsement:

  • A registered nurse license - you may retrieve verification from www.nursys.com

  • Proof of your completion of a nursing program - either a transcript or verification from www.nursys.com

  • Provide proof of your TOEFL or IELTS scores if your program was not in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or a commonwealth area in the Carribean.

  • Verification of passing NCLEX scores

  • Your license must be active and current

  • You must have a valid social security number. Applicants without a valid number should click here to discover their options.

For questions regarding endorsement, call the main number located at the bottom of the page. You will be presented with options. You will most likely choose option two first, which sounds like "For nursing commission unit for RN, LPN, advance registered nurse practitioners, or nursing technicians, press two" and then choose option three for applications.

Click here to see the endorsement application.

Continuing Competency

Washington state's Nursing Commission requires nurses seeking endorsement to take a seven our AIDS course. Information on courses can be found by clicking here.

There are no minimum required practice hours for nurses seeking endorsement unless they attended Excelsior for their training or trained outside the US. If you trained outside the US, the Nursing commission may require you to have a minimum of 1,000 hours practicing as a nurse.

After your endorsement, you will be required to take continuing competency training.

Please click here for more information on the continuing competency requirements.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Mail correspondence with any fees to:

P.O. Box 1099

Olympia, WA 98507-1099

If you are not mailing any fees, send mail to:

P.O. Box 47864

Olympia, WA 98504-7864

Hours at the Nursing Commissions counter are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. The physical address to the Nursing Commission is:

111 Israel Rd. S.E.

Tumwater, WA


Email, phone, fax:

Phone: 360-236-4700

Fax: 320-236-4738

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A link to the Washington State State Nursing Board's frequently asked questions can be found here

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