About us

Our mission, vision and values

Our mission is to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and educating future leaders to address health for all. 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

Why UW?

At UW School of Nursing we strive to create nurse leaders who are committed to improving healthcare in their communities and beyond through innovative and evidence based solutions.

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.

Our seven centers of excellence provide infrastructure support, leadership and collaborative mentoring for faculty, clinicians and students. Discover research opportunities for students, in a healthy aging, global health, sleep innovation, mental and behavioral health and anti racism.

We are ranked #1 among public institutions with Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (tied for #2 overall) and #1 among public schools with master’s degree programs (#5 overall and specific to UW Bothell and UW Tacoma) by 2024 U.S. News and World Report. We are also tied for #2 as the country’s best program and ranked #1 among public universities for our Bachelor of Science program in Nursing (BSN).

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Malia Wood-Rodriguez

UW has excellent academic foundations, and its faculty has by far exceeded my expectations. The support and understanding from faculty during a time like this has role modeled qualities I want to integrate into my DNP practice.  I am beginning to unveil my eyes to my potential and how I can affect Health Equity.

-Malia Wood-Rodriguez, DNP ’23

Degree programs

UW School of Nursing (Seattle)

UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership

UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies


Learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty. We have 40 faculty members elected fellows of the American Academy of Nursing,  2 faculty members elected to the National Academy of Medicine and 8 faculty members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Learn more about faculty here

Read more about endowed professorships and fellowships.