Clinical Education

Important Information About Clinical Placements

All clinical placements are at the sole discretion of the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing has the right to take immediate action and remove a student temporarily from a clinical course and/or clinical site if there are serious academic, Essentials Behavior or patient safety concerns necessitating investigation and resolution. The School will notify the student and training site in writing of the effective date of removal and reason for removal.

During the course of the investigation, the student has the right to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, appropriate Academic Services personnel, and relevant course faculty to contribute to fact finding. After the investigation is complete, the student will be notified in writing of reinstatement to the course or final removal from the course.


As a BSN, ABSN, MN, DNP, or Graduate Certificate Program student, you will spend time at a variety of sites throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond gaining valuable hands-on patient care experience.  For more information on your specific needs, please choose the appropriate degree level below.

In addition to meeting School of Nursing compliance requirements, you must also meet all clinical agency requirements.  These vary and may include:

  • site orientation
  • fingerprinting
  • drug screening
  • evidence of military draft registration

Each item MUST be completed and/or reviewed prior to beginning your clinical rotation, or at the time designated by the site. Failure to do so many cancel your clinical placement. Attending orientation and completing required paperwork on time ensures that the UW School of Nursing maintains positive relationships with the agencies that provide your clinical experiences!

Completion of School of Nursing Compliance Requirements

Failure to meet these requirements will result in failure of the course.  For undergraduate students, this means your subsequent inability to begin/continue in the BSN program for one calendar year.

Clinical Site Orientation

Mastery of the content knowledge provided in your clinical site by the listed time and date. This is a requirement for meeting your clinical course objectives.

Completion/Submission of Required Site Forms

Return completed forms to your clinical site based on the timeline indicated on each clinical site page. CHECK the required deadline for each site, as some require forms to be submitted 6 weeks in advance of your rotation, while others require that you return them to your clinical instructor during your site orientation or first day of class.

Contact Jenn Rathe in Student and Academic Services (, 206-221-2457) if you have any trouble downloading or printing the forms or have general questions about your site requirements.


Per the School of Nursing Dress Code, you must wear your student uniform at clinical sites at all times.  You must also follow the dress code designated by your clinical site at all times.

Clinical Passport

Many clinical sites (e.g., Evergreen Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center) require the School of Nursing to send verification of your compliance status (including immunization history) quarterly using the Clinical Passport. If any of your compliance items have lapsed or are outstanding, you cannot go on-site.  Please email Ky Pham ( if you are enrolled in a clinical site that requires the Clinical Passport.

Observation Only Visits

Students and SoN faculty/instructors attending clinical sites for observation purposes, site visits, data collection, research projects, etc. must meet the clinical site's requirements in addition to the SoN requirements.  If you have any questions about student compliance, please email Ky Pham (

Employment at Clinical Sites

Please review Student and Academic Services Memo No. 41 if you are currently employed by a clinical site that you will also attend for a clinical rotation.