FAQs

General FAQs

Admissions FAQs

Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

Clinical Field Placement FAQs

Accreditation FAQs

General FAQs

What is Yale PA Online?

Yale PA Online is the online Master of Medical Science program from the Yale School of Medicine. Yale PA Online prepares students to excel in the medical field as physician assistants (PAs).

How is Yale PA Online different from other online programs?

Unlike many other online programs, Yale PA Online students meet in live classes each week to engage with faculty and fellow students. Coursework is delivered through a multimedia format, and the curriculum takes an organ-systems approach to medicine.

Yale PA Online also has a dedicated field placement team that works in partnership with Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant faculty to locate qualified clinical rotation sites in or near students’ communities. Students spend 15 months in these rotations and also attend three week-long on-campus immersions. Additionally, the Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED) provides first-year students in the Yale PA Online Program with 120+ hours of direct patient care experience in the didactic year.

Is Yale PA Online accredited?

The ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program sponsored by Yale School of Medicine.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it graduates the first cohort in May 2020.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Why did Yale create the Yale PA Online Program?

The mission statement of Yale University begins: “Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.” Yale School of Medicine believes creating the Yale PA Online Program aligns with this ideal. One reason is that we know the United States will need many more physician assistants. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2018 and 2028 the country will need to grow its workforce by 31 percent, which represents roughly 37,000 jobs.

While we obviously won’t solve this problem on our own, Yale School of Medicine is confident the students we educate in the Yale PA Online Program will grow to become leaders in this critical health care field and will have an impact nationally.

If the program is online, how can you be certain PA Online students are learning the required material before they practice?

The didactic year curriculum is delivered online, and includes live weekly class sessions, opportunities to meet with faculty, assessments, and tests. The clinical year includes rotations in students’ home communities as well as supplemental material online. Students also spend three weeks over the course of the program at Yale in mandatory immersions.

Is the online program available full time and part time?

The program is currently only available on a full-time basis. Students have estimated that the program demands are 40–60 hours per week.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is structured to be completed in 28 consecutive months.

Can I work full time while enrolled in the program?

Due to the time intensive nature of the Yale PA Online Program, students are discouraged from working while enrolled.

Any student who chooses to work while in the program is expected to attend scheduled classes and fulfill all stated activities of the program. A student who chooses to work may not switch classes, Problem-Based Learning sessions (PBL), special assignments, or clinical rotations to accommodate their work schedule.

If the student’s academic or clinical performance falls below the minimum program standard, the program director may recommend a student stop working. This recommendation will be made in writing and placed in the student’s file.

Students are not at any time required to perform work duties for the PA Online Program. Students are not permitted to substitute for clinical or administrative staff during supervised clinical practice experiences. Violation of these policies will result in a referral to the Academic Affairs Committee.

Is there an on-campus requirement?

Yes, students must attend three immersion experiences at the main campus located in New Haven, Connecticut. These immersions will allow students to develop hands-on clinical skills, work in small groups, and meet classmates and faculty in person. Students also work in the Yale School of Medicine simulation lab and participate in cadaver dissection.

The immersions each last one week, typically running from Sunday to Friday. The first immersion occurs near the middle of the first semester of the didactic year, the second immersion occurs near the end of the didactic year, and the third immersion occurs just prior to program completion. Travel, hotel, and food costs are the student’s responsibility.

Upon completion of the program, students are also invited to travel to campus for the May University commencement.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

Classes are kept small with only 12–15 students.

Does the online program offer specializations?

While Yale PA Online does not have specializations, students take three elective clinical rotations in order to gain expertise in a specific area of medicine.

Will this degree allow me to pursue licensure in any state?

We encourage applicants to research the requirements specific to their home state. Please visit the NCCPA website for more information about specific states.

What are the PANCE pass rates for Yale’s PA Program?

Once the Yale PA Online Program has students who have completed the board exam, the results will be posted on the program website.

Where can I find information on the PA on-campus program?

Visit the PA on-campus program website for more information.

Will my admission and academic records be protected if I apply to Yale PA Online or enroll as a student?

Yes, your records are safe. Yale PA Online follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Review the policy here.

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Admissions FAQs

Do I need to have prior health care experience in order to be eligible for this program?

Yes, applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 500 patient-care experience hours (paid). Hours worked in a health care environment but in an administrative capacity are not considered.

Do I need to submit standardized test scores?

Yale PA Online does not require applicants to submit any standardized test scores.

I’m not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Can I apply?

People who are not US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for the program.

I’m a U.S. citizen living abroad. Am I eligible for the program?

Due to the difficulty in locating appropriate placements internationally, U.S. citizens living abroad are ineligible for the online program. Applicants who will be living in the United States before their desired cohort begins are eligible to apply.

Is an interview required for Yale PA Online?

Qualified candidates will be invited to interview once the Admissions Committee has reviewed the completed application and made the recommendation to interview. These candidates will be notified with ample time to prepare for the interview. Interviews are offered on a rolling basis and are conducted online.

Is there an application fee?

In addition to CASPA fees, applicants remit an additional $50 non-refundable supplemental fee paid to the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program. This fee must be paid by cashier’s check or money order. Applicants who have received a CASPA fee waiver will also receive a fee waiver for the supplemental application fee. Additional information regarding CASPA application fees can be found in the CASPA portal.

Can the application fee be waived?

Fee waivers are available through CASPA. Applicants who have received a CASPA fee waiver will also receive a fee waiver for the supplemental application fee. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Are there any prerequisite course requirements?

Yes. You can see the full list of requirements on the Application Prerequisites page.

What are the minimum GPA requirements for admission to the program?

Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate science GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 to be considered for the program.

Will Yale consider advanced placement in the program for prior academic or clinical experience?

No. Coursework in the Yale PA Online Program is different from most traditional graduate programs. The curriculum is designed so that knowledge acquired in one semester is required for knowledge acquisition in the next. Therefore, it is vital that all students in the program complete the required work in the prescribed sequence.

I hold a degree as a physician from a country outside the United States and have been unable to complete the USMLE examinations. How do I apply to your program?

Our program is not intended for individuals who already possess a medical degree.

How long do I have to complete my application if it's submitted at the final deadline?

Applicants have 30 days after the final deadline (September 1, 11:59 p.m.) to complete their application which includes letters of recommendation, transcripts, and all other requirements. Note that incomplete applications are not reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Visit our Applications Requirements page for a full breakdown. Contact your Admissions Counselor with any additional questions you may have.

I attended an international institution, do I need to submit a WES evaluation?

The Yale PA Online Program does not accept nor evaluate coursework taken at international institutions. Therefore, a WES evaluation is not required at the time of application. On a case-by-case basis we may require the course-by-course evaluation from WES upon matriculation.

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Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

What is the cost of attendance for Yale PA Online?

With activity and technology fees, we estimate the total cost of the 28-month Yale PA Online Program at $108,612. Note that this figure should only be used for estimation purposes as tuition rates are reassessed each academic year.

Will tuition change with each academic year?

A moderate tuition increase can be expected in the fall of each year.

Who can I contact with questions about financial aid?

Contact an admissions counselor at Phone Number: 844-433-9253 or via email with questions about financial aid.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available from numerous organizations external to Yale School of Medicine.

If I withdraw from the program, will Yale issue me a tuition refund?

You can see our tuition refund policy on the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Yale PA Online does not currently offer need-based or merit-based scholarships. However, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for financial aid, which is based on federal student loans, through Yale School of Medicine once they receive an offer of acceptance and have remitted the non-refundable seat deposit. In addition to applying for federal education loans, students may explore alternative scholarship opportunities. For more information about applying for financial aid and exploring alternative opportunities, go to the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

What is the Yale FAFSA code?

Yale's FAFSA code is 001426.

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Clinical Field Placement FAQs

Where will clinical rotations take place?

Students complete their rotations in health care settings such as inpatient hospitals, operating rooms, emergency rooms, private practice offices, nursing homes/long-term care facilities, and psychiatric facilities. Our specialists will attempt to place students near their home communities, however, students may need to travel to complete rotations if there are no sites available that meet Yale’s standards while allowing the student to remain in their community. Any costs related to travel, housing, or food for distant clinical sites are the responsibility of the student.

Do I need to secure my own field placement?

No. At no time are students required to identify or obtain clinical training sites for their education. Students may make recommendations to the program, but only the PA online program can assign students to a given site during a specific time frame.

How much time should I expect to spend at my placement site?

Yale PA Online students can expect to dedicate 40 hours or more per week to each rotation.

Are there weekend and weeknight placements available?

Weekends and weeknight placements are not the norm, but certain rotations require the student to work nonstandard shifts and weekends as part of the clinical year experience.

I do not have a car. How does this impact my field placement selection?

The Yale PA Online field placement team will make every effort to find appropriate clinical rotation sites based on your needs, but the number of options for students who do not drive or cannot use public transportation is limited. A lack of transportation may delay your placement.

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Accreditation FAQs

Given Yale PA Online’s provisional accreditation status, is there a chance that the program can lose accreditation during my enrollment? If so, would I lose my tuition payment and be unable to finish the program? 

If the program loses accreditation, students in the program will complete all courses and clinical requirements, graduate, and be eligible to take the boards.

Will my physician assistant certification ever be invalid if Yale PA Online loses its accreditation status? 

No, your certification will remain valid as long as you maintain certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Will my diploma state that the program was provisionally accredited, and will this status ever hurt my future job search? 

The diploma makes no statement regarding accreditation and does not mention the degree was completed online.

Will I be eligible for the PANCE exam given the Yale PA Online Program’s provisional accreditation status?

Yes. To be eligible for PANCE, you must graduate from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Yale PA Online Program graduates will be deemed to have graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation. Note that Accreditation-Provisional is a form of full accreditation.

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To learn more about Yale PA Online, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.