Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant
Online Program

Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online Program

Why Is Yale PA Online Right for You?

Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is advancing the physician assistant (PA) profession by educating the highly proficient PAs the country needs. As the nationwide shortage of primary care physicians grows1, YSM is bringing more health care practitioners to patients with Yale’s blended physician assistant program. Yale's PA Online Program awards a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree and prepares graduates to seek licensure as physician assistants.

The online PA program prepares patient-focused clinicians who can choose to learn in their own communities. The program blends online classes and coursework with in-person clinical rotations and three immersions on the Yale campus, so students can earn a degree from YSM without relocating.

Admissions Requirements

YSM’s PA Online Program enrolls ambitious students who are committed to advancing the physician assistant profession.

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must:

  • Hold or be working toward a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
  • Have completed a minimum of 500 hours of patient-care experience (paid)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate science GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8
  • Have completed core undergraduate prerequisite science courses at a U.S. regionally accredited university

It is strongly recommended that applicants complete the CASPer assessment, and submit a valid score via CASPer to the Yale PA Online Program.

Review Our Admissions Requirements.

Upcoming Deadlines

Our next cohort will begin classes in January 2022. Applications for this cohort will reopen in late April 2021.

Additionally, please note that the program only accepts applications through The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Physician Assistant Curriculum

The Yale PA Online curriculum is designed to educate students to become patient-centered medical professionals. The curriculum develops the student’s ability to diagnose and treat disease and illness through listening and communicating with patients, collaborating with other health care professionals, and understanding the most current research and methodologies. YSM faculty members are scholars and practitioners who foster ethical and collaborative learning.

"We were taught to be good thinkers and clinicians, not just good PA students. The format of the Problem-Based Learning classes made the biggest difference in shaping me to think like a clinician."

– Shiva Kasravi ’20, MMSc

Take the next step in earning your physician assistant degree (MMSc) through Yale PA Online by requesting information.

We will then contact you to discuss the program and how you can advance your health care career by becoming a physician assistant.

Online Learning at Yale School of Medicine

Yale’s Physician Assistant Online Program offers its students flexibility in an engaging, interactive environment. Through the Yale PA Online campus, students will:

Attend live, face-to-face classes, in the virtual classroom, which are kept small so students and professors can explore concepts in an intimate environment.

Access coursework, including case studies, recorded lectures, and instructional videos.

Connect with classmates for study sessions and professors for one-on-one office hours.

Track assignments and class schedules through tools developed to support success in the program.

Contact technical support at any time for questions or to resolve difficulties accessing classes or assignments.

Download the mobile app that allows access to the coursework when students are on the go.

Physician Assistant: A Critical Profession

PAs are licensed health care professionals who perform a range of integral services in various health care settings. PAs practice independently or on medical teams and typically find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical offices, and other health care settings1.

Depending on the setting, PA duties include:

  • Taking patient medical histories and conducting exams
  • Diagnosing conditions and establishing treatment plans
  • Ordering tests and writing prescriptions
  • Assisting surgeons and other medical specialists as a critical part of their health care teams

No matter where they work, PAs are focused on patient wellness and are integral in managing patient care and supporting health and well-being.

Physician Assistant Career Outlook

There is growing opportunity in the medical field and increasing demand for skilled PA practitioners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants in the United States is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations1.

PAs must complete medical training, including coursework and rotations, and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) to practice. Learn more about board certification.

About Yale School of Medicine

Founded in 1810, YSM is a world-renowned medical center that embraces the proud traditions of the past while innovating for the future of health care, which includes the establishment of Yale PA Online. Education, research, and patient care are the three core missions that guide the institution’s leadership and advancement of the medical field.

Learn more about Yale School of Medicine.

Take the next step in earning your online physician assistant degree (MMSc) through Yale PA Online by speaking with an admissions counselor.

Ask questions and discuss the program to learn how you can advance your health care career by becoming a physician assistant.

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-6 (Accessed Jan 17, 2020) Return to footnote reference
2 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-3 (Accessed Jan 17, 2020) Return to footnote reference
3 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-6 (Accessed Jan 17, 2020)Return to footnote reference