Student experience

Legacy of excellence

The UW School of Nursing has been a pioneer in the nursing profession since 1918.We were the first university-affiliated nursing school of the West Coast, and second in the country, to offer a baccalaureate program. We were the first to be accredited by the National Organization of Public Health Nurses. In 2007, we established the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program on the West Coast.


One of the best things about the UW school of Nursing is that students learn from and work alongside nursing legends. Since our beginning, we have opened doors and offered a wealth of opportunities beyond the classroom. With access to a network of distinguished faculty, peers, alumni, and the surrounding community, our students build lifetime connections with leaders in healthcare.


Nursing students gain real-world experience in research and community clinics. They routinely collaborate on world-changing activities in the larger healthcare community. Student organizations and leadership groups advance the impact that our students bring to the world of nursing.

World impact

Students enhance their skills around the world through our international and study-abroad programs. Faculty-led exploration seminars are held in areas across the globe including New Zealand, Thailand, and Kenya.


Attending the UW School of Nursing involves more than classes and clinics. Students at the University of Washington enjoy studying in one of the most vibrant and diverse areas of the country. The UW campus is itself a hub of engaging activities, and yet more rich experiences can be had in the surrounding area. Soak in the unique character of the University District and other Seattle neighborhoods, become one with the outdoors, and engage the community as you study to be a Husky Nurse.