How to apply

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Yale’s post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a 3-year program designed for mid-career nurses who wish to become innovative health care leaders. Building on previous education and experience students gain practical leadership skills and focus new knowledge in the areas of management, policy and leadership. The hybrid program combines online coursework with regular visits to the Yale campus. 

The part-time schedule is tailored for nurses who have major professional experience and work commitments. Students should expect to spend 12 hours a week on their doctoral studies. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must hold a master’s degree in nursing or a related field (e.g. MPH, MBA, MHA) and a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States. (Connecticut licensure is not required.) If the applicant’s BS degree is not in nursing, the master’s degree MUST be in nursing. 

The application materials include:

  • Online application
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts of all your previous academic work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample​

Official Transcripts

All official transcripts (in their originally sealed envelopes) should be submitted to the Office of Admissions either by the applicant or sent directly from the academic institution(s). 

Attn: Admissions
Yale University West Campus
Room 11501
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516-0972

Transcripts being mailed via courier service should use the following address:

Yale School of Nursing
Attn: Admissions
Yale University West Campus
Building 400, Office #11501
300 Heffernan Drive
West Haven, CT 06516 

Applicants may also have their prior schools send official electronic transcripts.  If this option is chosen, official electronic transcripts should be sent to

International Transcripts

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

Scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS will be required of non-native speakers of English who have not received either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically through the online application system. They may be from clinical, academic, and/or professional references.

Writing Sample

The writing sample may be an example of academic writing (a thesis or praxis), an opinion piece or editorial, or article or research paper.   Although we are most interested in having a sense of your academic writing, you may also submit professional writing from a newsletter or professional organization.

Papers with Multiple Authors

If you submit a paper with multiple authors, please provide an explanation of your contribution to the writing (i.e., what sections you personally composed).  Likewise, if you submit a writing sample which does not clearly indicate your own authorship (such as an organizational policy statement), provide an explanation of your own contribution to the writing.


Prior to enrolling, all candidates are required to have taken and passed an upper level undergraduate or  graduate-level biostatistics course or a statistics course for the health professions.  The course should have been taken within the past 5 years.  The reason for the requirement is to prepare you to read literature reporting results from data analysis.  

YSN’s DNP program begins with a foundational course, “Evidence,” where you will begin a critical and thorough review of the literature.  You will use a systematic and explicit approach to judge the quality of the evidence.  We want to be sure you have sufficient background to understand what the tests are designed for and how to interpret them, so that you can fully understand and critique the studies you’ll be reading.

If you need to refresh your basic statistics knowledge, look for a course that will help you be comfortable with, at a minimum:

  • P-values
  • Means
  • Standard deviations
  • Confidence intervals
  • T-tests
  • Odds ratios
  • χ2 (chi-squared) tests

Please send a copy of the transcript or certification of course completion to the Office of Student Affairs.