Post-Master’s Clinical Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Post-Master’s Clinical Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) who have graduated from a MSN program and are interested in pursuing a program to enhance their clinical leadership skills and develop a clinical area of expertise in their practice area.  

The Yale Clinical DNP is designed for APNs working part or full time in a clinical role who would like to pursue doctoral education as they develop their clinical knowledge and experience. The Clinical DNP graduate will apply the knowledge gained in their course work and clinical collaborations to develop new clinical practices, processes, and roles that will contribute to better health for all people.  

Students will be enrolled in the Clinical DNP pathway as part-time students. For questions or more information regarding the DNP program, please contact:  YSN Admissions
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At this time, the Clinical Doctor of Nursing Practice program is not accepting applications from individuals residing in the following states: New York, Oregon, Washington.

Application Requirements

  • Hold a master’s degree in nursing and a current license to practice as an RN and as an Advanced Practice Nurse or Certified Nurse Midwife in the United States prior to the start of the first semester of the Clinical DNP program. Licensure and certification are required where the student will practice and complete clinical practica. 

  • Completed Application 

  • Non-refundable application fee (waived for Class of 2020 MSN applicants)

  • Personal Statement (Essay)

  • Current resume/CV

  • Unofficial transcripts from all degree programs should be uploaded to the online application (waived if available in student file)

  • If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to Yale School of Nursing (waived if available in student file)

  • Letters of Recommendation: from a recent faculty member and a recent supervisor or clinical preceptor (in your MSN program) 

  • Sample of scholarly writing: from a recent formal paper (written in your MSN program)

  • International Students:  see general DNP admission requirements 

For more information about the application process, please contact the YSN Admissions

Program of Study

Clinical DNP Courses articulate with the existing DNP leadership courses designed to meet the AACN DNP essentials and CCNE criteria. Many DNP didactic courses have breakouts for Clinical DNP students and Executive Leadership DNP students as required. 

Details of the Program of Study:

  • The program is hybrid, requiring online coursework with scheduled in-person campus visits each semester.

  • The program requires ~20 days on campus, consisting of ~14 days in Year 1 and ~8 days in Year 2 (considering a “typical” academic year).

  • In each of the five semesters of the program, six to nine credits per semester are required (although may vary based on student plan for meeting clinical focus and practicum hours). 

  • A total of 540 practicum hours are required in the Clinical DNP, students must enter with a minimum of 500 clinical hours from their MSN program.  

  • Most students will work part- or full-time as an advanced practice provider or midwife while in the program and design a project to implement in their workplace. 

  • In addition to developing a project focus, in the first semester students will identify a clinical innovation focus area and plan of study. This individualized plan will involve the development of a portfolio of clinically-focused learning that will be the seminar focus in the final semester where it is submitted for academic credit (N9680 Clinical DNP Scholarly Project Development Seminar & N9660 Clinical Innovation Seminar).

  • To progress from Year 1 to Year 2 of the Clinical DNP program, students must have an approved project proposal and be in good academic standing in the program. 

Courses Required in the Clinical DNP Program of Study:

  • Evidence for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 

  • Transformational Leadership: Innovation & Implementation

  • Quality & Safety

  • Uses of Data in Decision Making

  • Healthcare Leadership & Business

  • Health Policy, Politics and Process

In addition to the didactic coursework, seminars and practica provide opportunities for application of theory in health care settings. Advising experiences provide guidance and mentoring on development and implementation of the  Clinical DNP project, and for study in an area of clinical focus & innovation.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for financial aid. Students must fill out applications at and YSN financial aid. For further information, please visit the YSN Financial Aid website or contact YSN Financial Aid. 

Please review federal limits to student loans for graduate students. Depending on a student’s current balance in federal student loans, they will find they are eligible for different types of both federal and private loans.  

Clinical DNP Faculty

program director: 

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN

faculty who teach in the clinical doctor of nursing practice program 

Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Joan Combellick, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM

Samantha Conley, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Jessica Coviello, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Summer Galecki, RN, APRN, ANP-PC, AGPCNP-PC

Maggie Holland, PhD, MPH, MS

Timothy Layman, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Tracy Sklar, MS, MBA

Lisa Summers, MSN, DrPH, FACNM

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN