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 203-737-1793.

•   Judith Kunisch, DNP Director, 203-737-2545

•   Lisa Summers, DNP Deputy Director

Applicants to the DNP program are required to submit the following:

Application Deadline: Fall, 2019 is November 1

•   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 must submit a writing sample with their application. This may be a copy of master’s thesis or praxis, research paper, article, or a piece of professional writing from a journal or newsletter. 

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 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. 

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.