terea RN, Are you an RN? I am only commenting on this thread because I saw the "RN" in your name. Admissions is different for GEPNs and RNs, and is less competitive if you are an RN, I think, because there are fewer RN applicants (I might be wrong), although you do need good test scores and grades -- graduate school is hard work for everyone and you need to be able to do it. Which program are you interested in? I'll play devil's advocate here. Yale "saves" a couple of spots in each specialty for RNs -- it is a GEPN school, period, and you'll be coming in the second year of a three year program for them, and unless you are skilled at becoming part of a clique, you will be left out. The administration and faculty favor the GEPNs to the incoming RNs. The school is for them. Think long and hard about that -- do you want to be the orphan stepchild? You will not be treated by admnistraton or faculty equally as the GEPNs. If you have been working as an RN, your income will be too high for much financial aid, unless you have someone else paying your tuition, or can get private loans. Some of the specialties do get a lot of RN applicants. like peds, because there are no other pediatric NP programs in CT. The midwifery program has great difficulty getting nurses to apply, so your chances are better there. Overall, the school is good quality, so you can't go wrong academically. They do require a thesis or praxis, which few other MSN programs require, so this is a consideration. Good luck!