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 grows, YSM is bringing more health care practitioners to patients with Yale PA Online, a program that prepares patient-focused clinicians who can learn in their own communities. The program blends online classes and coursework with in-person clinical rotations and three immersions, so students can earn a degree from the Yale School of Medicine without relocating.
Physician Assistant: A Critical Profession
PAs are licensed health care professionals who perform a range of integral services in various care settings. PAs practice independently or on medical teams. PAs must complete medical training, including coursework and rotations, and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) to practice.
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
No matter where they work, PAs are focused on patient wellness and are integral in managing patient care and supporting health and well-being.
Yale PA Online Curriculum
The Yale PA Online curriculum is designed to educate physician assistants 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 are scholars and practitioners who foster ethical and collaborative learning.
Online Learning at Yale School of Medicine
Yale PA Online students benefit from the flexibility of an engaging online learning environment. Through the Online Campus, students can:
Attend live, face-to-face classes, 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 difficulties accessing classes or assignments.
Download the mobile app that allows access to the coursework when students are on the go.
Take the next step in earning your degree 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.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition: Physician Assistants. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-6.↑