The Physician Assistant Field
Ranked the No. 3 Best Job Nationwide
What Is a PA?
What Does a PA Do?
- taking patient histories
- performing examinations
- ordering tests and diagnosing medical conditions
- developing and administering treatment plans
- prescribing medicine
- consulting with and counseling patients
How to Become a PA
Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree
Attend an Accredited PA Program
Apply for Certification and Licensure
How Long Does It Take to Become a PA?
Why Become a PA?
Explore Yale PA Online
- Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED): Working under the guidance of a preceptor, you will be exposed to 120-plus hours of direct patient care in a clinical setting. This component will be completed in your first year, during the didactic portion of the curriculum.
- Clinical Training: You will spend the last 16 months of your program working at clinical sites in or near your community. Each four-week rotation is supervised by a clinical preceptor—and trainings include a wide variety of medical areas and specialties.
- On-Campus Immersions: The program includes two separate weeklong immersions and a graduation ceremony on Yale’s campus. During these immersions, you will work in the Yale Center for Medical Simulation, participating in activities like cadaver dissection, patient assessments, sensitive exams, suturing, and splinting.