Graduate Entry Pre-Specialty 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. Students are offered experiences in acute-care hospital units and community settings to achieve YSN’s overall mission of better health for all people.

Upon completion of the pre-specialty year, students continue their graduate studies in theory, practice, and research within their chosen nursing specialty areas and concentrations.

All GEPN candidates for admission to Yale School of Nursing are required to submit the following:

•   Online Application

•   Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

•   References

Three letters of recommendation (academic, professional, or clinical) must be submitted electronically through the online application system.

•   Transcripts

One official transcript from each college or university attended must be mailed to Yale School of Nursing, or sent digitally via Parchment or eScrip. Unofficial transcripts should also be uploaded to the online application. 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.

•   Test Scores

Scores from the GRE General Exam are required for applicants. Registration information is available at YSN’s GRE code is 3998. The GRE needs to have been taken in the last five years. GEPN and MSN candidates should take the GRE no later than mid-October.  Scores from either TOEFL or  IELTS are required of all non-native English speakers.

•   One essay and two short answer responses to the following questions

Essay (400 – 600 words)

Please address the following three questions in an integrated and comprehensive essay, plus two short answer questions (separately).  Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to compose a well-written and well-organized essay as well as on the substance, thoughtfulness, and clarity of their responses:

Why do you wish to pursue a career in advanced practice nursing?

Please expound upon: (a) your decision to pursue nursing rather than another health care field; (b) your choice to pursue advanced practice nursing (i.e., an APRN/MSN rather than an RN/BSN); (c) your selection of the particular clinical specialty to which you are applying.

What factors have influenced your decision?

Please describe any significant life experiences that have contributed to your self-understanding and development, with respect to your interest in advanced practice nursing. You may discuss, for example, how academic and professional experiences, cross-cultural engagement, or volunteer roles and service projects have shaped your career aspirations and ambitions.

Why are you applying to Yale’s Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program?

Please articulate how specific aspects of the program, curriculum, faculty, or any other of the Yale School of Nursing’s resources or characteristics, will empower you to achieve your goals in the nursing profession.

Essay  Short Answer (150 - 300 words) for each question

 Please provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics as they pertain to a professional environment. Identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas you are working to improve. Discuss your interpersonal style, both in interactions with individuals as well as in group settings. What leadership qualities, conflict management skills, and other characteristics of yours influence how others perceive and respond to you?

Yale School of Nursing’s mission is “better health for all people.” What does that phrase mean to you? How do you intend  to inhabit and implement YSN’s mission over the course of your nursing training and career?

•   Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $100 payable by credit card is due at the time the application is submitted.


Please note: Candidates to the GEPN program are not required to take any prerequisite courses to apply and be admitted to the program.