Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN)

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. Recognizing that students arrive to the GEPN program with vast experiences and knowledge outside of nursing, the GEPN curriculum balances both the arts and the sciences in the curriculum and clinical components. Students are offered experiences in the acute-care hospital units and community settings to achieve YSN’s overall mission of better health for all people. We believe that the integration of preventive and curative practice is key to the education of nurses.

The faculty believe that the art of nursing is as important as the science of nursing and are committed to understanding, developing, and evaluating clinical competency. The curriculum is carefully crafted to provide students both traditional and alternative pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. We use resources from Yale University, Yale New Haven Hospital and the local New Haven community to provide students with learning and creative opportunities in becoming a nurse.

Upon completion of the prespecialty year, students continue on with their graduate studies which includes theory, practice, and research. Students are admitted into their designated specialty when accepted into the program. The Certificate in Nursing and a license to practice nursing in Connecticut are the two prerequisites required for the GEPN student to continue with their graduate work to earn their MSN degree.


The Certificate in Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses and experiences in the prespecialty year.


The curriculum and Certificate in Nursing satisfy Connecticut General Statute requirements, allowing the student to become eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination–Registered Nurse (NCLEX–RN).

GEPN Faculty