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Yale University is known as one of the top schools in the country. In addition to an all-around reputation of excellence, Yale is also home to one of the top nursing schools in the nation. Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) was recently ranked as the number seven nursing school in the country by U.S. News and World Report, tied with University of Pittsburgh, Oregon Health and Sciences University and Duke University. Yale University was founded in 1701, with the nursing school later founded in 1923. YSN became the first school to prepare nurses within an educational, rather than an apprenticeship model. YSN has continued its innovation with many other advances including the founding of the American hospice movement with Dean Florence S. Wald and the establishment of the first "graduate entry" nursing program.

Why choose Yale University School of Nursing?

YSN is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a small city of just under 130,000 residents. YSN is continually advancing nursing education. In the summer of 2013, the school will move to a fully renovated educational center on the West Haven campus with customized spaces for teaching, laboratory research and clinical simulations. There are currently over 250 master's degree students enrolled across seven different specialties at YSN. To facilitate learning, there are over 600 clinical and courtesy faculty that work to precept students in the clinical setting. Students are exposed to a variety of clinical settings, with over 500 clinical sites utilized by YSN. Students also have the unique opportunity to work at HAVEN free clinic, a student-run health clinic that provides care to uninsured adults, provides health education and assists patients in accessing healthcare. Nursing students with junior or senior standing provide care to patients under the guidance of faculty while at HAVEN clinic. It is important to attend an accredited nursing school. YSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.


Admission to YSN is very competitive. Applicants to the graduate entry pre-specialty in nursing (GEPN) program must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation and GRE general exam scores. Applicants to the masters degree programs must have a baccalaureate in nursing, an active nursing license, three letters of recommendation and have taken the GRE exam within the last five years. Students interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) must hold a Masters in Nursing degree, have taken the GRE within the last five years and submit three letters of recommendation. Potential philosophy of science (PhD) students must hold a baccalaureate degree, have taken the GRE with the last five years and submit three letters of recommendation. A score of at least 500 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is considered to be competitive, although there is no minimum score. While not a formal requirement, nurses are encouraged to have at least one year of clinical experience prior to applying for admission to the graduate school.
Yale School of Nursing, 100 Church Street South, October 20, 2008

Degrees and Specializations

YSN is a graduate school only, so there is no baccalaureate degree offered. Degree programs begin at the masters level and continue to the doctorate level. Traditional masters degrees can be earned in an advanced practice specialty to prepare nurses to be nurse practitioners. The nursing management, policy and leadership focus is available as a non-clinical option. Advanced practice sub-specialties include adult, adult-gerontological, family and women's health, nurse-midwifery, pediatric and psychiatric-mental health. YSN has a unique GEPN program. The program is designed for students with a previous non-nursing degree who are interested in a second career in nursing. It is a three-year full-time course of study that allows students to obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and to earn a master's degree. YSN has two doctoral degree programs, the DNP and the PhD. The PhD program focuses on clinical research and health policies and systems research. The DNP program was established in the fall of 2012 and is designed as a post-master's degree, for those nurses who are already practicing clinically as advanced practice nurses and want to expand their career horizons. Currently, the DNP program is available only as part-time study program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Yale is a private university and charges a flat tuition rate for all students regardless of residence status. Tuition for the masters and doctoral degree programs is $16,065 per term. Students enrolled in the GEPN program are required to attend summer term for an additional $12,775. Total tuition cost for the GEPN program is $134,715. Tuition cost for the master's degree program varies by specialization, but ranges from $64,260 to $128,520.

Financial aid is available to YSN full-time students. The majority of scholarships at YSN are based on financial need, however, there are some awarded based on academic merit. Other options for financial aid include loans and student employment. Financial-based scholarships are awarded based on remaining need after federal loans. DNP students have additional loan, scholarship, grant and work-study opportunities. PhD students receive a full tuition waiver, a generous stipend, and health care coverage.

YSN is one of the top nursing schools in the nation. Students with no nursing experience can take advantage of the unique GEPN program, while experienced nurses will be challenged with the various specialization options at the master's level. With over 500 clinical sites utilized by the school, students are sure to get a well-rounded, in-depth education in their chosen specialty. Combined with an excellent academic reputation and rich nursing history, YSN continues to produce exceptionally trained graduate nurses. Yale should be a strong contender for anyone wishing to begin or advance their nursing career.

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