To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must:
hold or be working toward a four-year bachelor’s degree or two-year graduate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university. We do not enroll international students who have already completed a medical course of study in a foreign institution.
complete all undergraduate coursework before beginning the PA Online program
have a cumulative science GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8
Though it is not required, we recommend applicants complete one of the following:
a minimum of six months of full-time health care employment
community service such as health care for underserved populations or medical mission trips
1,000 total hours of hands-on patient care experience and/or community service in a health care setting. Examples of recommended health care experience include work as an EMT, paramedic, registered nurse, medical assistant, CNA, ER tech, or physical therapy aide.
To apply to Yale PA Online, applicants are required to complete or submit the following:
The online application, which can be accessed here
Note: Yale PA Online uses its own application and is completely separate from CASPA. We do not accept the CASPA application.
Official transcripts must be received from all postsecondary institutions attended. Mail all official transcripts to the following address:
Application Processing Services Yale PA Online 7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501 Lanham, MD 20706
Many schools issue official transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should request their transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will expedite the transcript delivery and application completion.
For students who have studied abroad:
Applicants may be required to submit an official WES course-by-course and degree conferral evaluation for courses taken abroad. You may ask your Admissions Counselor for guidance on this requirement.
If you transferred international coursework to a bachelor or graduate degree program, it must comprise 40% or less of the total degree credits for the degree conferred.
There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.
Applicants must submit three essays. Essay prompts can be found in the online application.
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are required. The school code for Yale PA Online is 0028. Please note we only accept scores from the General GRE Test, and will not accept any other test as a substitute.
Not all applicants will be required to complete an interview; but if the admissions committee deems it necessary, an interview will be held. Applicants who do not meet admissions criteria will not be interviewed.
Letters of Recommendation
Applications must include three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted by the following recommenders:
An academic reference who can provide a meaningful assessment of the applicant’s academic record
A professional or employment reference from a supervisor in the health care industry
One other reference of the candidate’s choosing. Personal references will not be accepted.
A Yale PA Online student should possess abilities and skills in five core areas: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, and behavioral and social. In the admissions process and throughout the program, the program assesses students’ mental and physical capabilities to complete the curriculum. View a full list of technical standards here.
Coursework in the 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. No advanced placement within the program will be allowed for prior academic or clinical experience.