Academic Programs

The Yale School of Nursing has always been committed to the confluence of research, practice, and education. The faculty believes in practicing what it teaches, and teaching what it practices. As a result, students work alongside clinically active faculty members, senior nurse researchers, and experts in health care policy. The array of faculty expertise is vital to the accomplishment of the School’s mission and curricular goals. This approach is unique among programs in graduate education in nursing.

The Yale School of Nursing is a vibrant, exhilarating, and rigorous place to study nursing at the graduate level. Students from diverse backgrounds meet in an environment that nurtures an appreciation for high standards and the pursuit of excellence in nursing practice.

The School offers a master’s program with nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery specialties. Students may enter the master’s program with or without previous education in nursing. The Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) is designed to provide graduate-level nursing education for those who hold baccalaureate degrees, but who have no previous nursing education. The GEPN program is three years in length. Students who currently hold a license as a registered nurse can complete their master’s education in two years. An innovative curricular redesign, launched in 2017, brought renewed focus to concepts of social justice, health equity/disparity, population health, diversity/inclusiveness, and quality. For further information see Specialties in the chapter Master’s Program (M.S.N.).

Post-master’s education is available in four areas: adult/gerontology acute care, family, pediatric, and psychiatric–mental health. Application and curricular specifics for each offering are found in the chapter Post-Master’s Certificates.

Doctoral study at the Yale School of Nursing was launched in 1994 with the Doctor of Nursing Science program and was converted to a Ph.D. program in 2006, residing in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program’s major goal is to prepare expert nurse scholars in understanding health care issues and delivery while advancing the development of nursing knowledge. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be able to design and conduct research relevant to nursing practice; extend the theoretical base of nursing through empirical investigation of nursing phenomena; test conceptual models and theories that are derived from the knowledge of nursing and related disciplines; assume leadership roles in the profession and in the larger health care system; and disseminate knowledge generated by independent, collaborative, and multidisciplinary research efforts. The doctoral program should be completed in four to five years of full-time study. A full description of the program can be found in the chapter Doctor of Philosophy Program.

The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is designed for mid-career nurses who wish to build upon their previous education and experience to lead organizations where decisions for health care practice, education, and policy are made. Leadership is the focus of the program. Combining the Yale on-campus experience with online course work, the part-time Yale D.N.P. is tailored for nurses who already have major professional commitments. The work of students and the work of faculty come together to create new forms of nursing’s contribution to health and health systems of care for all. The D.N.P. program is designed to be completed within three academic years. A fourth year may be possible with the D.N.P. director’s permission. A full description of the program can be found in the chapter Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The Yale School of Nursing understands that the courses of instruction and plans of study listed in this Bulletin are the official program and degree requirements for students matriculating at the Yale School of Nursing in the 2018–2019 academic year. However, the University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction and plans of study or to change the instructors at any time.