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

DNP Facts and Questions

What type of DNP is offered at the Yale School of Nursing?
Yale offers a post-master’s DNP, aimed for mature nurse professionals who wish to expand the possibilities of their contribution to leadership in health care. The Yale School of Nursing DNP is an aggregates/systems and healthcare organizations specialty-focused program. This program is not suited for nurses seeking advanced nursing practice preparation as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or nurse anesthetist.

What are the admissions requirements?
Eligible applicants must hold a master’s degree in nursing or a related field (i.e. MPH, MBA, MHA) and hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States (Connecticut licensure is not required). If the applicant’s baccalaureate degree is not in nursing, then the master’s degree MUST be in nursing. The GRE is not required; however all applicants are required to have taken and passed (or to take and pass) a graduate level statistics course. Students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam if they do not already have a United States baccalaureate or master’s degree.

How long is the program?
The program is designed as part time study to accommodate busy nursing professionals. Coursework is completed over two years with a Capstone year to follow. While it is demanding to work and go to school simultaneously, we have found that students who are involved in the world of healthcare bring enriching experiences to the educational enterprise.

The program is a hybrid of on-line and in-residence sessions including two 2-5 daylong (and into the evening) intensive sessions. In-residence sessions occur once a month with content supported by on line exercises and discussions and assignments between sessions. “Intensives” are scheduled in the week before or immediately after the second semester to avoid another trip for students. Students are expected to attend all scheduled on campus sessions. Social activities are also planned for these visits to the Yale campus.

What is the plan of study?
Course work includes courses in healthcare ethics, policy and politics, evidence, business of health care, systems of care/leadership, teaching/learning, project planning, health equity, plus a Capstone project. See “plan of study” on the DNP website.

What is the cost?
DNP candidates enroll exclusively on a part time basis. In 2013-2014, the tuition for part-time study is approximately $22,214 per year.

What is the class size?
Each cohort consists of approximately 15 students from diverse health care backgrounds and national/international settings.

What is the application deadline?
Applications are expected to be complete by March 1 of the year of enrollment. Application materials may be found on the YSN Admissions webpage.

Is an interview required as part of the admission process?
Yes, an admissions interview is required. Ideally the interview will take place on campus, but a Skype/ video interview will be available by special arrangement. Applicants are generally interviewed over the course of several days in mid-April and the interview orientation includes an overview of the program, funding options, tour of the facility, lunch, and ample time for candidates to socialize with one another and YSN faculty and staff.

Is there financial aid?
Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. Domestic applicants will likely qualify for federal student loans, and applicants are encouraged to explore loan repayment/reimbursement options, as well as external grants or scholarships and employee tuition reimbursement programs offered by various employers.

Whom may I contact for additional information?
For questions or more information about the DNP program, or to receive admissions information, please contact: Melissa Pucci, Director of Admissions, (203) 737-2258.