Graduate Clinical Rotations

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.


UW School of Nursing graduate students have an extraordinary opportunity to learn and work alongside skilled mentors throughout the Puget Sound and beyond.  Clinical rotations are tailored to your graduate track and program of study.

Clinical placements can take place in a wide variety of settings:

  • hospitals
  • community clinics
  • non-profit settings
  • private practice
  • school wellness centers

Clinical Site Requirements

In addition to meeting all of the School of Nursing compliance requirements as a nursing student, individual sites may have paperwork,  mandatory orientations, computer trainings you must attend before your first clinical rotation day and specific site requirements.  Fingerprinting, drug screening* and evidence of military draft registration are some examples of clinical site-specific requirements. Once you receive information about placement at a clinical site, give yourself plenty of time to check our online list of clinical sites we know have specific requirements. (*The cost of drug screening for students is the responsibility of the clinical agency and/or the student.  The UW School of Nursing does not pay for drug screening and will not administer, receive, or review drug testing results.  If a clinical site requires drug screening, the date of the drug screening will be included in the student's clinical passport without result or other information.)

Students must meet all clinical agency requirements; site requirements vary and may include fingerprinting, drug screening, evidence of military draft registration are some examples of agency requirements. It is your responsibility to maintain, renew, and update each requirement by the expiration date and to keep copies of each in your personal records off-campus.

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

If your site is not listed, check with your preceptor to make sure you are ready to go on your first rotation day.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Transportation, including the cost of transportation (gas, bus far, ferry fees), to and from the clinical sites is your responsibility. You may use your own car or public transportation. You will likely attend clinical sites in the greater Seattle metropolitan area as well as adjacent counties. Clinical assignments are based on providing you with a variety of clinical experiences throughout the program, which sometimes requires travel time outside the Seattle area. 

Because we compete with over a dozen other nursing programs for clinical sites and preceptors, access to the clinical site from your local address or other needs cannot be taken into consideration when assignments are made.