Our mission is to develop leaders for the profession and society—we make discoveries, enhance systems, and improve health through research, education and practice.

Our vision is to be a preeminent School of Nursing that assures health for all through leadership, innovation, and collaboration in research, education, and practice.

Leaders in Research, Education, and Practice

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, established in 1924, is the leading nursing research institution in Wisconsin and a crucial part of the state’s health care system.  As an integral academic partner situated in the health sciences sector of campus with the School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing collaborates with scientists and renowned researchers across the UW–Madison campus, the nation, and the world.  The school’s research is translational in nature and grounded in practical application—the work being done has an immediate impact on Wisconsin’s communities, hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes.

The school has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students and offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) degrees, as well as continuing education and certificate programs.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The UW–Madison, founded in 1849, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive research universities. It is comprised of 13 schools and colleges that offer 232 undergraduate majors and certificates, as well as 250-plus master’s doctoral, and professional degree programs.

UW–Madison is recognized as the flagship campus of the UW System. Its research mission is deeply ingrained with the traditions of the Wisconsin Idea and academic freedom. The Wisconsin Idea is one of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin and signifies a general principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this idea has become the guiding philosophy of University outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

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Photo of a group of students laughing and studying by windows in the Curran Commons.
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commitment to Diversity

Dean Linda Scott with students
Dean Linda Scott with students

The School of Nursing actively fosters an environment that welcomes diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. Awareness of diversity and promotion of inclusivity is infused into our curricula, social and educational events, and resources and services for students, faculty, and staff.

We embrace a definition of diversity that acknowledges the intersection of multiple factors, perspectives, and identities, which include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, religion, age, and physical characteristics.

Our tradition of integrated research and practice focuses on the needs of those whose health status or social condition leaves them vulnerable or places them at risk. Our collaborative innovations increase the diversity of participation in healthcare research, promote sharing of diverse interprofessional perspectives, provide tools to support those working with vulnerable populations, and enhance community engagement.

Understanding diversity is an ongoing process that involves lifelong learning, and we believe that this continued learning is crucial to improving health, ensuring equity, and providing a positive, supportive climate in which all individuals are welcome.

Guiding Principles

Rigorous Inquiry: Promote the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and rigor, in keeping with the University’s proven commitment to the “continual sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

Support for Lifelong Learning: We support learning for its own sake, throughout our lives, as service to the greater good.

Intellectual Freedom and Responsibility: We defend intellectual freedom and combine it with responsibility and civility so that all who work and live on our campus can question, criticize, teach, learn, create and grow.

Acting with Integrity: We observe the highest ethical integrity in everything we do.

Honoring and Learning From Diversity: We believe in the importance of working with and learning from those whose backgrounds and views differ from our own.

Eliminating Barriers to Participation: We share the belief that neither origin nor economic circumstance should be barriers to participation in our community.

Recognition and Stewardship of Resources: We are committed to being responsible stewards of our human, intellectual, cultural, financial, and environmental resources.

Making the World Better: We promote the application of research and teaching to issues of importance to the state, the nation, and the world, and we place learning and discovery in the service of political, economic, social, health, and cultural progress.