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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the UW School of Nursing ranked #1?
Since 1984, the School has received top ranking nationwide in three surveys of schools of nursing and tied for this honor in the March 1993 and 1995 issues of U.S. News and World Report. This distinction is based on faculty excellence and productivity, quality of graduates, and school leadership. The School also has the largest number of fellows in the American Academy of Nursing, a prestigious honor society for nursing leaders, when compared to other schools of nursing.

When was the UW School of Nursing founded?
The UW School of Nursing first offered nursing courses in 1918. The School of Nursing became a separate school within health sciences in 1945.

What degrees are offered at the UW School of Nursing?
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees are offered on all three campuses of the University of Washington - Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma - and fulfill the mission and goals of the University, the School, and the particular campus. Accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is shared across campuses. This unique, tri-campus relationship fosters diversity, enhances program access, and assures excellence in nursing education.*

  • The BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) - Offers beginning nursing studies.
  • The ABSN (Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing) - Pre-RN program for non-nurses who hold baccalaureate degrees in any non-nursing field.  Students complete BSN studies in 5 consecutive quarters.
  • The MN (Master of Nursing) - Prepares nurse practitioners in adult/geriatric, acute care, family, pediatric, women's health, psychosocial, and nurse-midwifery practice. Advanced practice nurses can also complete degrees in community health, infectious disease/infection control or forensic nursing or may become clinical nurse specialists, care systems managers, nurse educators or nurse researchers.
  • The MS (Master of Science) - Emphasizes nursing research.
  • The DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) - Doctoral program for licensed RNs and ARNPs focusing on the incorporation of strong skills in advanced clinical practice, practice inquiry (research), and leadership.
  • The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science) - Prepares scientists capable of advancing nursing practice and education. Also provides postdoctoral training in a variety of fields including women's health and substance abuse.

Are there degree programs for nurses with an RN license who want to obtain their BSN?
The Bothell (UWB) and Tacoma (UWT) campuses offer the bachelors degree program for graduates of community colleges. UWT and UWB also offer MN programs.

What kind of nursing research is done at the School of Nursing? Researchers at the UW School of Nursing conduct studies that benefit children and adolescents, adults and older adults, women, families and communities. For more than a decade, the School of Nursing has consistently ranked in the top recipients of nursing research awards from the National Institutes of Health.

Who is Dean of the UW School of Nursing?
Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN is The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean in Nursing is the School's dean.

How many departments does the UW School of Nursing have?
The School has three departments:


*The Graduate Entry Program in Nursing, Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degrees are offered on the Seattle campus only.