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Yale School of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing
Established 1923
Type Private
Location New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Dean Margaret Grey

Established in 1923 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S., Yale School of Nursing (YSN) is a leading school of nursing in the United States with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice. The school is ranked in the top ten graduate schools of nursing in the United States by U.S. News and World Report and among nursing institutions that have received support from the National Institutes of Health.[1]

In 2013, YSN moved to Yale University's West Campus, located in West Haven and Orange, CT.


Yale School of Nursing offers degrees in Nursing, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership, and Nurse-Midwifery specialties. The school also has the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program, which is intended for students with a bachelor's degree but no background in nursing. Joint degree programs are available with Yale School of Public Health and Yale Divinity School.

In addition to degree programs, YSN offers pre and post doctoral research training and post-master's certificates in various Nurse Practitioner specialities.[1]


Former campus of the Yale School of Nursing in The Hill

The Yale School of Nursing was founded in 1923 with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. It was the first independent University-based school for the education of nurses. It celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013.

YSN was the first school on nursing to have the autonomy of a school of nursing with its own Dean, faculty, budget, and degree meeting the standards of the university and on a parity with the other schools and colleges of the University rather than organized under another department or school or encompassing a diploma in nursing. Annie Warburton Goodrich was appointed the first Dean of YSN and was the first woman Dean at Yale University.

In 1934, bachelor's degrees were required for admission and Yale Corporation authorized the Master of Nursing degree. This program, allowing students with no prior background in nursing graduate entry, would continue until 1956 when the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program began. The MSN required students to have a prior background in nursing in order to gain entry into the program. The Nurse Practitioner track within the MSN degree was established in 1971 with the offering of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty. This was expanded in 1972, when the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty began. By 1975 YSN offered 10 specialty programs and tracks, and was at the vanguard of the education of nurse practitioners at the graduate level along with clinical nurse specialists and nurse-midwives. In 1974, YSN reopened admission for students with no prior background in nursing through its Three-Year Program for Non-Nurse College Graduates (later called the GEPN program).[2]


  • Annie W. Goodrich (1923-1934)
  • Effie Jane Taylor (1934-1944)
  • Elizabeth Seelye Bixler Torrey (1944-1959)
  • Florence Schorske Wald (1959-1966)
  • Margaret Gene Arnstein (1967-1972)
  • Donna Kaye Diers (1972-1984)
  • Judith Belliveau Krauss (1985-2005)
  • Margaret Grey (2005–present)

Notable faculty[2]


  1. ^ a b About Yale Nursing
  2. ^ a b c History and Contributions of the Yale University School of Nursing

External links

  • Official Website

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