Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs



The Yale School of Nursing is a vibrant, exhilarating, rigorous place to study nursing at the graduate level.

At the Yale School of Nursing, students from diverse backgrounds come together to participate in a program that provides a unique approach to graduate education in nursing. The academic environment encourages the appreciation for high standards, the pursuit of excellence in nursing practice, and the accomplishment of the School’s mission and curricular goals.

The expert faculty is dedicated to practicing what it teaches, and teaching what it practices. The School’s commitment to joining research, practice, and education together can be seen clearly as students work alongside clinically active faculty members, senior nurse researchers, and experts in health care policy.

YSN offers a master’s program with nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwifery, and nursing management, policy, and leadership specialties.

For students who hold baccalaureate degrees in academic areas other than nursing education, the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) is available. This three-year program provides students seeking graduate-level education in nursing with preparation in basic nursing and clinical specialty. For further information see Clinical Specialties.

Post Master’s certification offers six areas to students: acute care nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, gerontological nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, oncology nurse practitioner, and psychiatric-mental health. For further information on application and curriculum specifics, see Post Master’s Certificates.

There are two doctoral programs at YSN - the Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The Ph.D. program in nursing was launched in 2006 after approval by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program prepares expert nurse scholars to understand health care issues in addition to advance the development of nursing knowledge over a four to five year period of study. The post-masters Doctor of Nursing practice program is designed for mid-career nurses who wish to build upon their previous education and experience to sit at the decision-shaping tables. Combining the Yale residential experience with on-line coursework, the Yale DNP is tailored for nurses who already have major professional commitments.

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