New Student Information 2017

Welcome to the Yale School of Nursing! The Office of Student Affairs is available to assist you in getting ready for your studies at YSN and your possible move to New Haven. On this page are items that may help you prepare for your arrival in the fall. Of course, if you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 203-737-2257.

CPR Certification

All YSN students must be CPR certified before enrolling in their program. The certification needs to include CPR for the infant, child, and adult. It also needs to be “for the professional.” Usually, this includes one- and two- rescuer CPR. You will need to give the Office of Student Affairs a copy of your CPR certification card when you arrive for orientation. You can send the copy of your CPR certificate to Melanie Pagan beforehand. Student also need to keep a valid CPR certification throughout their studies at YSN.

Licensure (RN-to-MSN Students Only)

RN-to-MSN students who are registered nurses must hold a current Connecticut R.N. license. If the student is a new graduate from a nursing program, licensure steps must at least be in progress. Students are also required to maintain active Connecticut R.N. licensure while enrolled in the School of Nursing.

As the school is accredited for educating RNs and it is assumed that admitted students have been prepared to pass the NCLEX- RN during their undergraduate years, students admitted to the program must pass the NCLEX-RN by November 1 of their first specialty year. Graduates of foreign schools of nursing admitted to the program must pass the NCLEX-RN by November 1 of their first year. Please allow several months to complete the CGFNS & NCLEX-RN process. Students who have not passed the NCLEX-RN by this time may be required to withdraw or take a leave of absence and will be required to make individual arrangements for completion of the Specialty requirements after receiving a passing grade on the NCLEX-RN.

You will need to upload a copy of your Connecticut R.N. license onto the School’s Clinical Document Management System before November 1st of your first year. More information about the Clinical Document Management System will be sent to you in the summer.

Students with Associate Degrees in Nursing

All potential R.N. candidates whose highest degree in nursing is an associate’s degree and who also hold a B.S. degree in another field will be required to take a community health course in order to be enrolled into the Yale School of Nursing’s master’s degree program. An e-learn course that meets the objectives for N513c, Community Health Nursing and Public Health, such as the one offered by the New York State Nurses Association Continuing Education, is acceptable. In addition to providing proof of community health content, the applicant will have to complete a community health related project that can be part of course work prior to graduation. The nature and extent of this project will be co-determined with the respective specialty coordinator.  If you are interested in taking the course offered by the New York State Nurses Association Continuing Education, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), establishes security standards and privacy standards for the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information. HIPAA applies to health care providers and health plans. At the University, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Department of Psychology Clinics and Yale Health are covered by the regulations and all faculty/staff/students affiliated with these areas must complete the required HIPAA training, and may be held individually responsible and liable if there is misuse of PHI. Click here for more information on Implications for Students and What You Must Do.

Mandatory Background Check 

Click here for the YSN Procedure for Criminal Offense Record Investigation (CORI) of Students.

Immunization & Physical Requirements  

Students must submit their student vaccination records in order to register for classes. Click here for the Immunization Checklist and visit the Yale Health Center website for more information.    

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination (Post-Enrollment Requirement)

These requirements are to be met after starting the program in August (More information will be sent to you):

  • Completion of annual seasonal influenza vaccination – unless medically contraindicated.
  • Education in blood-borne/universal precautions and airborne pathogens as outlined in the OSHA Standards.

Student Laptop Requirement 

Click here for Information Technology Services’ recommendation for computer hardware that meets University academic needs.

Yale University ID Card

Yale University requires that all students be issued an official Yale photo identification card. You will need this card to gain access to residential colleges, dormitories, dining halls, libraries, recreational facilities and other University buildings and services. Click here for more information.

GEPN Specific

Click here to view the GEPN Welcome Letter (.pdf). Medical supplies can be purchased here.

2016 Orientation Schedules 

GEPN Orientation

RN-to-MSN Orientation

Post-Master’s Orientation

DNP Orientation

PhD Orientation