University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing

The University of Washington School of Nursing has been recognized as a top ranking school for the past 27 years. CCNE and ACME accredited programs include several BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees as well as post-graduate advanced practice certificates including NP, CNM and CNS. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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The University of Washington (UW), established in 1861, is a public flagship university.

UW School of Nursing utilizes two teaching and research hospitals, the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. UW was the first university-affiliated nursing school of the West Coast and second in the country to offer a baccalaureate program.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the UW Seattle campus is a two-year nursing program that prepares students for a career as an RN.

Prerequisites (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum college level 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Ninety college quarter credits prerequisite courses
  • Minimum 100 hours paid or volunteer health care experience

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The UW School of Nursing offers a fast-track nursing program for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field. This program offers an option to complete the BSN curriculum in five back-to-back quarters in about half the time of the traditional two-year (six quarter) BSN program. Prerequisites include a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and a minimum college level cumulative GPA of 2.8.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This program focuses on Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (MS-CIPCT) and is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The program is a minimum of fifteen months to complete with full-time study, or two years on a part-time basis. Students can complete the program entirely online with in-person attendance required at the Annual Meeting and Orientation session in September of the first and second year.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The UW School of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) program is designed for students who want to become top leaders in nursing research and welcomes applicants with a baccalaureate degree in any field.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This program joins with agencies around the Puget Sound region to gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

Specialty Programs

Nurse Midwifery

The DNP program offers a track in Nurse-Midwifery (NM), which prepares nurses as primary care providers for women throughout their lifespan. Students learn to practice in diverse settings with a focus on women and women's health. The program entails the delivery of infants as well as a full spectrum of gynecological and preventative care.

Prerequisites (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for last 90 graded quarter credits
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics completed within 5 years
  • Active, unrestricted Washington state RN license
  • APRN license that must also be active and unrestricted in Washington state (if applicable)

Graduate Certificates

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Practice Environmental Health
  • Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Palliative Care
  • Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Palliative Care Certificate

The interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is a joint partnership offer through the UW Schools of Nursing and Medicine and is co-sponsored by the Cambia Palliative Center of Excellence.

This curriculum includes weekly interactive distance learning, online modules, peer and faculty mentoring with world-renowned expert faculty, and quarterly in-person workshops. Additionally, the certificate includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This graduate certificate is designed for individuals seeking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program focuses on delivering primary care to patients ranging in age from childhood through geriatrics.


US News & World Report (2020)

  • #59 (tie) in National Universities
  • #31 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #101 in Best Value Schools
  • #37 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
  • #20 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #12 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #4 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #8 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care
  • #7 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Family
  • #3 in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care
  • #11 in Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan
  • #12 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery
  • #10 Best Global Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #13 of 1,592
  • Top Public Universities in America #16 of 672
  • Best Big Colleges in America #16 of 131
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #20 of 687
  • Best College Locations in America #28 of 1,553
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #50 of 1,542
  • Best College Campuses in America #55 of 1,408
  • Best Colleges in America #74 of 1,647
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #98 of 1,591
  • Best Value Colleges in America #105 of 1,590
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #252 of 599
  • Best College Dorms in America #572 of 1,370
  • Best Colleges in Washington #1 of 49
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Washington #1 of 44
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Washington #1 of 41
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Washington #1 of 41
  • Top Public Universities in Washington #1 of 34
  • Best College Campuses in Washington #1 of 21
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Washington #1 of 14
  • Best College Locations in Washington #2 of 45
  • Best Value Colleges in Washington #2 of 42
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Washington #8 of 14
  • Best College Dorms in Washington #11 of 18
  • Best Colleges in Seattle Area #1 of 25
  • Best Value Colleges in Seattle Area #1 of 21

Forbes (2019)

  • #72 Top Colleges
  • #15 in Public Colleges
  • #39 in Research Universities
  • #12 in the region
  • #10 America's Best Value Colleges

The Princeton Review (2018-2019)

  • The Best 384 Colleges
  • Best Western
  • Colleges That Pay You Back
  • Green Colleges
  • Top 50 Green Colleges (#31)

MONEY Magazine ranked UW #19 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).

The University of Washington is ranked No. 14 in the world and No. 3 among U.S. public universities on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN, MN, MS, DNP, and Advanced Practice Graduate Certificate programs.

The Nurse-Midwifery DNP and Graduate Certificate programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

The University of Washington (UW) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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