Graduate clinical rotations

Graduate Clinical Rotations

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

Dress Code/Appearance


You are expected to wear business-professional attire appropriate to the standards of the site, a white lab coat (if appropriate—not usually used in pediatrics or mental health sites) and a UW School of Nursing nametag identifying you as a graduate student. Check with your site about their expectations before the quarter starts.

The white professional jacket for women and men is available through the UW Bookstore, various uniform stores, and online. Graduate students may opt for a knee-length lab coat.


Hair, jewelry and accessories must be worn so that they do not fall onto the patient during examination and do not cause any safety risk to yourself and/or your patients.

Dress codes for most clinical sites do not permit backless or open toed shoes in compliance with OSHA regulations.


Because perfumes, colognes and other scents, including lingering cigarette smoke, can cause significant airway distress to people with asthma, allergies, and/or chemical sensitivities, students are urged to minimize the use of scented products while at clinical sites.

Clinical Site Requirements

In addition to meeting UW School of Nursing compliance requirements, you must also meet all clinical site requirements. Prior to your first clinical rotation date, sites may ask you to complete:

  • paperwork
  • mandatory orientations
  • computer trainings
  • fingerprinting
  • drug screening*
  • evidence of military draft registration

Once you receive information about a clinical placement, give yourself plenty of time to complete the specific site requirements. Failure to do so may cancel your clinical placement.

Drug Screening

If a clinical site requires drug screening, the cost is the responsibility of the clinical site and/or 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 results or other information.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Transportation, including the cost of transportation (gas, bus far, ferry fees), to and from the clinical site 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.

Due to limited spaces in clinics for clinical rotations, access to the clinical site from your local address or other needs cannot be taken into consideration when assignments are made.