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From its founding over 100 years ago as the first school within a university to prepare nurses under an educational rather than an apprenticeship program, to the present day, where it continues to generate the innovative ideas and practices that have helped shape modern-day nursing.  

Where will your Yale journey take you?

Which YSN Program is Right for You?

Those with no previous nursing background or experience

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Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN)

Trains those with no nursing education or experience to become board certified nurse practitioners in just three years of full-time study!  Choose from one of eight specialties available.

RNs who want to advance their careers as nurse practitioners

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Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN)

A two-year program allowing registered nurses to become board certified as nurse practitioners. Choose from one of eight specialty areas, including a fully online specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health.

Master's prepared nurses seeking leadership or advanced clinical roles

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Doctor of Nursing
Practice (DNP)

A three-year program combining online coursework with intensive on-campus experiences, allowing advanced students to focus on leadership or advanced clinical practice.

Nurse practitioners who want to expand their scope of practice


Certificates (PMC)

A part-time program designed to allow nurse practitioners to obtain board certification in a new area of practice.  Choose from one of five available specialty areas.

Explore and Learn

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The YSN Advantage

World-renowned academic quality

YSN is consistently ranked among the top nursing schools in the United States and globally, and has a number of specialties ranked in the top 10 in the US.  Whether a large hospital system or a small practice, prospective employers look for Yale graduates because they recognize the quality of a YSN education.

Technology-enhanced education

YSN students benefit from a state-of-the-art education, including over 8,000 square feet of newly renovated simulation space and cutting edge artificial reality technology.  Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving health sector.

Over a century of excellence 

Become part of a 100-year tradition of excellence directly responsible for many milestones: the first university-based model for training nurses, the first direct graduate entry nursing program (GEPN), the birthplace of the American hospice movement, the first randomized trial conducted by a nurse, the first professorship in psychiatric nursing, and more.

Active clinician faculty

YSN's world-class faculty are not just great teachers; they're also clinicians who maintain active practices. By bringing a real-world approach to the classroom and lab, YSN students benefit from the most up-to-date training and clinical skills.

Unique clinical support

Many schools and programs require nursing students to find their own clinical placements, but YSN's Clinical Support Unit draws on the school's vast network of organizations to identify and secure clinical opportunities for you, ensuring an exceptional clinical experience without stress or worry.

Personalized curriculum

By adding one of six unique concentrations or tracks to your studies, you can explore an area of care you're passionate about or discover entirely new populations, problems or approaches you may be interested in.

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