Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing

The GEPN Program is the first of a three-year, full-time course of study that combines preparation in basic nursing with advanced preparation in a clinical specialty. Students are offered experiences in acute-care hospital units and community settings to achieve YSN’s overall mission of better health for all people.

Upon completion of the pre-specialty year, students continue with their graduate studies in theory, practice, and research.

All GEPN candidates for admission to Yale School of Nursing are required to submit the following:

•   Online Application

•   Non-refundable application fee of $100 payable by credit card at the time the application is submitted.

•   Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

•   Two-page personal essay in response to the appropriate prompt

•   One official transcript from each college or university attended mailed to Yale School of Nursing. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application.

•   Three letters of recommendation (academic, professional, or clinical) submitted electronically through the online application system.

•   Scores from the GRE General Exam. Registration information is available at www.ets.org/gre. YSN’s GRE code is 3998. The GRE needs to have been taken in the last five years. GEPN candidates should take the GRE no later than mid-October, and MSN candidates should take the test no later than mid-January. 

•   Scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS are required of all non-native English speakers. 

•   International transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing agency, such as World Education Service or Educational Credential Evaluators. This includes a course-by-course evaluation, as well as a certified English translation of all non-English transcripts. International applicants should also review: International Applicants Information

Please note: Candidates to the GEPN program are not required to take any prerequisite courses to apply and be admitted to the program. 

Special Note: Yale School of Nursing’s administration is currently working on a curriculum redesign that would impact our MSN program. The aim of the redesign is to maximize efficiency, while maintaining a high quality of teaching and learning, as well as continue the seamless transition from GEPN coursework to that of the specialty program. The proposed changes are poised to go into effect 2017-2018.