Covid-19: Update to Nursing Instruction (3/18/2020)

March 18, 2020

Dear Nursing Students,

The School of Nursing at UW-Madison has continued to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic situation since our last Academic Affairs communication about clinical/experiential and didactic/classroom instruction on Friday, March 13, 2020. As we have seen, the spread of the virus in the United States is progressing and information about the pandemic is rapidly changing.

On Tuesday March 17, 2020, Chancellor Blank announced that UW-Madison will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 23 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. See:

Given this change, the following decisions have been made in the School and are applicable to ALL Nursing students. Please read carefully.

Clinical/Experiential Instruction:

We are implementing an online and distance delivery approach for clinical/experiential courses from March 23, 2020 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams.

Faculty are prepared to provide an alternative approach to clinical education that will support your development of the knowledge and skills needed to practice as a professional nurse during the remainder of the spring semester.

Students should not report to clinical agencies/sites nor Cooper Hall during this time. 

The School of Nursing will communicate with agencies and clinical sites to inform them of our alternate plan of course delivery through the end of the spring semester. Please do not contact the agencies/clinical sites.

Didactic/Classroom Instruction:

Similarly, we are implementing an online and distance delivery approach for didactic courses from March 23 throughout the remainder of the spring semester, including final exams.

Student Responsibilities:

Students are expected to participate fully in distance didactic and clinical/experiential education. While the delivery of academic instruction may take a different approach, we are committed to ensuring your success.

Your nursing faculty will be in contact with you regarding learning activities consistent with meeting course learning objectives and completion of the spring semester.

Because of its utmost importance, we want to reiterate the importance of the following:  Please consider your health and safety, as well as those around you during this time. Further health information is available at University Health Services. We have had several questions about self-quarantine guidelines. In addition to Covid-19 symptoms, self-quarantine at this point in time includes travel within certain states as well as countries outside the US. Please refer to the information provided in the following link about self-quarantine: Your education throughout the remainder of the spring semester and the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities remains the highest priority.

In addition to this email, please stay updated with information on the student site of our School of Nursing. If you have questions, please email





This post was authored by Katie Bleier on 03/18/2020.