Use of Degree Credential at YSN

In accordance with most publishing guidelines, the following use of credentials is expected for student use while at YSN. 

The degrees and licenses listed after a students name must be earned. Although some doctoral students advance to “candidacy” after defending their proposal, this does not translate into an earned credential. Dr. Peggy Chinn, editor of Advances in Nursing Science, provides a helpful discussion about how this is viewed by publishers in the article, “How to list your credentials and title when you publish.”

YSN Students May Use the Following:

Name, earned degree, licensure, designated fellowship (if applicable)
Type of student (if preferred)


Jane Doe, BSN, RN
MSN student, Yale School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice student, Yale School of Nursing

Jane Doe, MSN, RN, APRN
PhD Student, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

ONLY PhD students are permitted to use the following after they have successfully defended their dissertation proposal:

Jane Doe, MSN, RN, APRN
PhD Candidate, Yale School of Nursing

Please note that PhDc, DNPc, and MSNc are not degrees and are not to be used.

Revised by Executive Committee December 2021