Current Students

COVID-19 information

As the UW moves to a virtual state for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, we want to provide you with links to information and resources to keep you apprised of developments as they happen.

Continue to rely on the UW coronavirus page as the definitive source of all information about how UW is responding to this public health crisis, and the impacts on you.

This is an evolving situation, and we will be updating the information here frequently. Please continue to watch this page for updates as well as the UW coronavirus page. If you have additional School of Nursing-specific questions that are not addressed here, please send them to

Want to confirm your computer or laptop is ready for Zoom?

Contact a SoN staff member to test out your computer settings to make sure audio and video work for your spring quarter classes:


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UW Libraries resources

Librarians from the Health Sciences Library are available online to provide research and learning support.

Frequently asked questions

Some FAQs were adapted from information provided to students at the UW iSchool.

Health, wellness, and prevention

What is my responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the School of Nursing/UW/Seattle community?

Everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing. Students should avoid in-person study sessions and meetings. The UW’s guidance is that we have a shared responsibility to ACT by staying home, avoiding groups and crowds, and maintaining a minimum of 6 feet of personal space.

Remember: YOU have the power to protect others from COVID-19, but you have to ACT NOW. Help stop the spread. Stay home, maintain social distancing and you can help save lives.

This aligns with advice from the federal government and the CDC, and Washington State.

What do I do if I’m feeling sick, having symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

See the UW COVID-19 website for guidance on health, wellness, and prevention.

I’m feeling anxious about COVID-19. What should I do?

It’s completely expected and appropriate to experience anxiety during situations like these. It’s also important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety and keep perspective as the situation unfolds. Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful:

How do I know if I or other students need to self-isolate?

When a UW community member is diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and the UW initiate appropriate protocols to evaluate the situation and protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

How do I find out if/when additional cases are confirmed?

The University’s COVID-19 tracker is available here, and is updated regularly with information reported to UW Environmental Health and Safety. The School of Nursing will also do our best to share when cases impact our school community.

Classes, academics, and events

Why did the UW School of Nursing make the decision to move all classroom instruction online? (Updated 3/24/2020)

The School of Nursing, in concert with the University of Washington, is providing all instruction virtually, or online, until June 12, 2020. These actions are being taken in response to recommendations from public health agencies to avoid bringing large groups of people together in close proximity to events and gatherings. If events and gatherings are held, best practices such as social distancing are encouraged. In-person classes qualify as events, and the sizes of our classrooms do not generally allow for social distancing.

Departments and the instructors of record should determine the most appropriate solutions for finishing courses and determining grades. Departments and faculty are asked to put student health and success first in all decision making,

UW SON is not suspending operations, but moving all didactic, lab and clinical learning experiences into virtual environments. Our faculty are using this current crisis as an opportunity to model and teach students about the best public health infection control practices, emergency preparedness, teamwork and to prepare the next generation of nurses to be safe and competent clinicians.  We are using case studies, virtual simulations and virtual conferences to continue delivering high-quality instruction.

Will I be able to complete my educational program on schedule? Will I graduate the quarter I intended to graduate?

The School of Nursing is planning for all students to graduate at the intended time according to their program of study if at all possible. The University Provost has encouraged faculty to do everything possible to ensure that high-quality instruction is provided and student learning outcomes are met in a timely fashion. The faculty members are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise and are ready for course completion and graduation.

Will the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission recognize the quality of instruction provided online, as well as simulation experiences for clinical skills as adequate for licensure?

The School of Nursing faculty and administration have had frequent conversations with the Nursing Commission to ensure we are providing the learning opportunities students need to be licensed as registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.  We will continue to send updates as more information is made available to us.

How will academic transcripts, graduation requirements or financial aid be impacted by CR/NC grades? (Updated 3/27/2020)

The UW registrar has announced that there will be a notation added to transcripts. “Transcript Comment: The COVID-19 outbreak impacted Winter 2020 grades. Some courses display CR/NC rather than numeric grades.”

If applicable, students receiving a CR/NC grade will be accommodated when degree requirements are being reviewed for graduation. Winter quarter courses converted to CR/NC will satisfy the Graduate School’s requirement of at least 18 numerically graded credits of 400- and 500-level coursework (excluding 499). The Office of Financial Aid and the Veterans Education Benefits Office have confirmed that receiving all/some CR/NC grades will not negatively affect a student’s financial aid and/or VA benefits for the next quarter of attendance. More details on these and other issues are available on the UW Registrar’s FAQ site.

Students must opt-in on a class by class basis to take a course CR/NC.

I have a disability that requires accommodations. How can I complete my courses as expected? (Added 3/17/2020)

If you require an accommodation for a winter course exam or final project or presentation and do not have a plan in place with your instructors, please reach out immediately to your faculty, copying Anne Hirsch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (

Please coordinate spring quarter accommodation through UW Disability Resources. Their Seattle office is open via phone/video/email through finals week but will be closed during spring break.

If you have any issues related to device access, internet connectivity, or a disability due to the move to online instruction, immediately contact your program advisor for assistance.

My family was making plans to visit Seattle for Convocation. Will it be canceled or moved online? (Updated 3/26/2020)

Discussions are ongoing about how Convocation will be handled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Updates will be posted as soon as a decision is made.


Will all tests and quizzes be offered online? How will the exams be proctored to ensure they are fair?

Some courses may offer credits/grades for completed work. Others will host proctored online exams using online programs.

How do I request help for access to online instruction? Is the IT Help Desk available?

The School of Nursing Learning and Information Technology team is prepared to handle your support requests while we are working remotely. Please email us your questions regarding online instruction at

What should I do if I don’t have a device? (Added 3/17/2020)

The UW updated its FAQ on technology available for students who do not have access to computing at home: The Student Technology Loan Program allows students to borrow laptops, tablets and other equipment for free. Students can view a real-time equipment inventory. Further, the UW Libraries COVID-19 site has information on the computer labs in the libraries on the Seattle campus.

What should I do if I don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi? (Added 3/17/2020)

The Seattle campus remains open for those who rely on its services, including Wi-Fi. You may also be able to access Wi-Fi on campus at other Seattle colleges and universities through eduroam. Learn more via UW-IT.

Several internet service companies are offering expanded services that may allow you to get connected. Learn more about offerings from ComcastCharter Communications and Spectrum.


Where do I find more information about questions regarding my current research project? (Added 3/16/2020)

The SoN Office for Nursing Research (ONR) has compiled information and resources for students who are concerned about deadlines and processes affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please view the post in the online student newsletter for more information.

Does fieldwork outside of the Seattle area need to be postponed? (Added 3/18/2020)

Any fieldwork that violates University of Washington restrictions, such as on travel or gatherings, or mandates by the Governor of Washington or local health officials, should be canceled. If it does not violate those mandates, then you should be in close contact with your faculty advisor/sponsor as you determine how and whether to proceed. This conversation, with a clear agreement between the parties, should take place regardless of whether the work is funded by a grant/contract or other UW funding procured by the faculty member or the student/postdoc to conduct the work.

The Office of Research has guidance on mitigating impacts to research activities, which you should also carefully review. This remains a fluid situation and the Graduate School will continue to review our policies and procedures to ensure they do not become a barrier in your scholarly pursuits. We will also work closely with other University leaders to ensure that graduate students and postdoctoral scholars receive timely updates and access to information that directly impacts them.


Why did the UW School of Nursing make the decision to cancel clinical experiences for students?

Many of our clinical partners decided not to host nursing students at this time for a variety of reasons, while others asked that nursing students not care for patients needing respiratory isolation. In an effort to protect students and faculty from exposure to COVID-19 when staffing levels are low and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are in short supply, a prudent decision was made to cancel off-site clinical experiences for undergraduate and graduate students beginning March 9, 2020. This decision supports CDC guidelines to reduce non-essential personnel in the areas of higher risk for exposure.

When will students be able to resume their clinical learning in off-site clinical settings?

The School of Nursing administration is hopeful that off-site clinical learning experiences will be available during spring quarter. The faculty, course coordinators and program directors will work with our clinical partners to ensure that all clinical experiences are available and can provide a safe learning environment for students. We are developing contingency plans if there is a delay in the availability of clinical experiences at the beginning of spring quarter. We are asking that faculty and students continue to be flexible in their own availability, as creative scheduling, including weekends and evenings, may be necessary.  We will contact and regularly update faculty and staff as this situation evolves.

How will I make up the required clinical hours?

Faculty are preparing to provide a variety of simulation activities using high fidelity manikins, interprofessional learning opportunities, and virtual reality patient scenarios. The School of Nursing is in conversation with the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to ensure that all learning opportunities are considered when determining the required number of clinical hours. Although clinical hours are important and required for advanced practice certification, the faculty will be focused on student learning and providing quality learning activities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Will there be opportunities to learn the clinical skills I need to learn outside of a clinical setting?

The School of Nursing faculty are already finding creative ways to provide students with skill-based instruction online and enable students to actually practice those skills off-campus. For example, BSN students were provided with a Foley catheter kit to take home and practice sterile technique. During this time of mandated social distancing, it is imperative that we not host students and faculty in the Simulation Lab, but as soon as the risk of COVID-19 spread diminishes, the Simulation Lab will be open for small groups and practice sessions to be scheduled throughout the week. In addition, we are exploring additional clinical learning opportunities in telemedicine and ambulatory settings.

How will the School of Nursing ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills they need to enable safe clinical practice?

The School of Nursing faculty are very skilled at assessing the knowledge and skills of nursing students to ensure that all expected student learning outcomes are met. Students will be given many opportunities to demonstrate their competence and showcase their accomplishments through the use of online and eventually, Simulation Lab and clinical assessments.  Clinical course coordinators are working closely with clinical instructors and our clinical partners to develop contingency plans and prioritize the sets of nursing skills that require in-person demonstration of learning. We are also exploring opportunities to offer standardized patient experiences to supplement lab and virtual clinical simulations.

Should students attend the scheduled clinical site orientations and stay current with their clinical onboarding requirements?

Students and faculty should maintain their readiness for a return to clinical practice sites. It is imperative that everyone is ready to attend clinical immediately after the decision is made that it is prudent, safe, and possible to return.

If you have specific questions regarding your orientation to your assigned clinical site, please contact your faculty member or the course coordinator for more information. The School of Nursing is attempting to keep all scheduled clinical orientation appointments at this time and asking all students and faculty to actively update their clinical passport information.

Other impacts to Nursing students

I live in campus housing. Is the UW planning on closing the dorms and/or dining halls? (Added 3/17/2020)

Please see the UW coronavirus site for updates on the residence halls. On March 16, the governor-mandated that colleges and universities end in-person dining services, while still allowing students to pick up grab-and-go food in dining halls — more clarity on this transition will be forthcoming.

I’m a parent/caregiver and am struggling to complete my coursework and/or TA duties due to widespread closures of schools and care facilities. Is there emergency support available through the UW? (Added 3/17/2020)

Yes, the UW has an Emergency Aid page that specifies the support it provides.

My financial situation has changed. Can I get additional help? (Added 3/24/2020)

Please review the communication that went out to all UW School of Nursing students regarding requesting emergency financial aid.

I’m an international student, veteran, and/or student on financial aid. How will the transition to online instruction impact my visa, OPT, CPT or financial aid? (Added 3/17/2020)

For international students, please see the UW guidance.

For all students, universities across the country are seeking guidance from the federal government on these issues. Please watch the UW coronavirus page for the most updated information about these and other topics.

I’ve heard rumors that Seattle might be quarantined. I was planning to travel and am now uncertain I’ll be able to get back if I do. Should I cancel my trip? (Updated 3/30/2020)

For international travel, check country-specific and State Department guidelines.

The School of Nursing is actively discouraging all travel where you cannot practice effective social distancing (e.g., planes, trains, buses, etc.). While you may not have any symptoms, you may be a carrier of the virus, and you could spread it to someone else who is at greater risk of harm due to age or pre-existing conditions.

Despite widespread rumors about possible quarantines, those have all been debunked as rumors. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation out there — continue to rely on the UW coronavirus page as the definitive source of all information about how the UW is responding to this public health crisis, and the impacts on you.

Members of the Center for an Informed Public have provided advice on what we should all do: slow down and vet the source of the information you’re reading/hearing.