About us

Redefining the future of nursing

An international leader, the UW School of Nursing is a vibrant center of teaching, research and clinical excellence. We have provided exceptional education, policy leadership, and thought innovation to the profession, nation and world since 1918.

Our impact is profound — whether we are launching our graduates into a world of opportunities or confronting the greatest health challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Together, our students, faculty and staff work boundlessly to turn ideas into impact and improve the health of people and communities around the world.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

The UW School of Nursing is committed to fostering a climate that is inclusive and welcoming of all groups. Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at our school.

Our mission, vision and values

Our mission is to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and preparing future leaders to address health. Our vision is to pioneer improvements in health and health care through innovative nursing science, education and practice.

Our values include:

  • Collaboration*
  • Social responsibility
  • Integrity*
  • Respect*
  • Accountability
  • Diversity*
  • Excellence*

Note: those values with an asterisk are held in common with the overall University of Washington values.

Our school at a glance


There are 689 students enrolled on the Seattle Campus: 448 graduate students, 241 undergraduate students.

Our degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)students at convocation
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
  • Master of Science (MS-CIPCT)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD)

The total degrees awarded in 2016:

  • 96 Doctorate (PhD and DNP)
  • 25 Master’s (MN and MS)
  • 139 Bachelor’s (BSN and ABSN)


Rebecca O'Connor with students

  • 52 professorial rank faculty
  • 5 research professorial rank faculty
  • 22 part- and full-time lecturers
  • 41 clinical faculty
  • 137 adjunct and affiliate faculty
  • Additional training and education provided by about 300 mostly volunteer part-time clinical partners and preceptors

We have 25 faculty with distinguished fellowships or memberships, including:

  • 18 faculty members elected fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 3 faculty members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)


Scientist using a microscope

Total grant dollars awarded in fiscal year 2016: $12.2 million


  • 60 research grant awards
  • 100 active research projects

Our Centers of Excellence include:

Learn more

The following fact sheets and collateral materials provide additional details about some of our work, centers and services.

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