Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for mid-career nurses who wish to become innovative health care leaders by building on their previous education and experience while gaining practical leadership skills at YSN and in the field.

Combining the Yale residential experience with online coursework, the Yale DNP is tailored for nurses who already have major professional experience and work commitments. Through collaboration with our faculty, health care leaders, and policy advocates, DNP graduates will create new nursing roles to contribute to better health for all people. For questions or more information regarding the DNP program, please contact: YSN Admissions Office at

Application Deadline: Fall, 2020  is February 14, 2020

•   Online application

•   Non-refundable application fee of $100

•   Personal Statement

•   Resume/CV

•   One official transcript from all previous academic programs should be mailed to Yale School of Nursing. Unofficial transcripts should also be uploaded directly to the online application.

•   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. 

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

•   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

•   Candidates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are required to submit a sample of their writing.  The writing sample may be an example of academic writing (a thesis or praxis), an opinion piece of 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.

Note:  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.

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

Prior to enrolling, all candidates are required to have taken and passed (or to take and pass) a graduate-level statistics course. The course should have been taken within the last 5 years. 

Please note: The DNP program enrolls students on a part-time basis.

For more information or questions about the application, please contact the Admissions Office.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Yale School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, 202-887-6791.