Undergraduate 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.


The BSN and ABSN programs are foundations for basic nursing competence. You will gain essential clinical experiences to meet state board requirements, including a variety of clinical skills, patient care experiences, and decision-making skills. Your clinical placements may be in many different settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • inpatient and outpatient
  • mental health
  • public health agencies
  • community agencies
  • public schools

Your patients mirror society and you may care for individuals and families, infants through the elderly, individuals with acute, chronic and mental illnesses, patients able to afford health care and those without means to take care of themselves.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Clinical placements through the Consortium and non-Consortium sites are arranged within the greater Seattle area, including metropolitan Seattle, King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. Transportation to your clinical site is your responsibility. You may use your own car, public transportation, or carpool with other students in your group. Commute/transportation issues are not considered as part of the clinical placements.

Clinical Rotation Shifts

The majority of clinical rotations are schedules during daytime hours, however, some of them may be evenings and weekends.  You should reserve the entire day for your clinical rotation (6:00am - midnight).

Clinical Site Prerequisites

In addition to meeting School of Nursing compliance requirements, you must also meet all clinical agency requirementsIn addition to meeting all of the School of Nursing compliance requirements as a nursing studentindividual 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.) Once your clinical rotation has been assigned, please review the appropriate clinical site page for more information: