Application Requirements

Admissions Requirements

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

  • hold or be working toward a four-year bachelor’s degree or two-year Master's 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. Each applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.
  • 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
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. View a full list of our currently authorized states
  • have completed the general GRE test within the last 5 years, and be able to submit a valid GRE score
  • have completed core undergraduate prerequisite science courses at a U.S. regionally accredited university, which include:
    • Statistics or Calculus
    • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Genetics

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.

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Application Requirements

To apply to Yale PA Online, applicants are required to complete or submit the following:

  • Online Application

    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.

  • Transcripts

    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 applicationservices@paonline.yale.edu. This will expedite the transcript delivery and application completion.

    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

    For students who have attended international institutions:

    • 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.
  • Application Fee

    There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.

  • Essays

    Applicants must submit three essays. Essay prompts can be found in the online application.

  • Test Scores

    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.

  • Interview

    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:

    1. An academic reference who can provide a meaningful assessment of the applicant’s academic record
    2. A professional or employment reference from an individual in the health care industry (preferably a supervisor)
    3. One other reference of the candidate’s choosing. Personal references will not be accepted.

Technical Standards

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.

Advanced Placement

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.