Admission 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 regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Each applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. (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 undergraduate science GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8
  • Have completed core undergraduate prerequisite science courses at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, which include:
      • Statistics or Calculus
      • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry
      • Human Anatomy
      • Physiology
      • Microbiology
      • Genetics
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. We accept applications from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.
  • Have completed the GRE General Test within the last five years, and submit via ETS a valid GRE score to code 0028
  • Have completed the CASPer assessment, and submit a valid score via CASPer to the Yale PA Online program

Additional Recommendations

Though 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.

Application Requirements

Applications are accepted from the end of April through September 1 on the CASPA online application portal.

CASPA Application

Applicants should complete their application in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)—an application service for graduate-level PA programs.


Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended.

Instructions on how to submit official transcripts to CASPA can be found on the CASPA site.

Application Fee(s)

In addition to CASPA fees, there is a nonrefundable $50 supplemental application fee.

Applicants must send a check or money order made out to "Yale University" in the amount of $50 with their full name and CASPA ID number in the memo line.

Send to:

Yale Physician Assistant Online Program
P.O. Box 208004
New Haven, CT 06520-8004

Information on CASPA fees can be found on the CASPA application portal.


In addition to the CASPA personal statement, applicants must submit three (3) program-specific essays. Essay prompts can be found in the CASPA Supplemental Application.

GRE Scores

The school code for Yale PA Online is 0028. Please note that we only accept scores reported from ETS for the GRE General Test. We do not waive this requirement and will not accept any other test as a substitute. Test scores cannot be sent prior to the CASPA application cycle opening.


Applicants must submit three (3) evaluations. Evaluations are required from:

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


To assist with our selection process, all applicants to the Yale PA Online program are required to complete and report a CASPer score. CASPer is an online, 90-minute computer-based test. CASPer assesses for noncognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. This tool will further our efforts toward fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

To see an example of the test structure or schedule your test, please visit


Applicants are encouraged to submit a résumé with their application. We recommend uploading a PDF. Please be sure to include:

  • Education and work history in chronological order, with a separate section for previous health care employment
  • Relevant leadership, mentoring, volunteer, or shadowing roles
  • Community service experience, such as health care for underserved populations or medical mission trips
  • Certifications (if applicable)
  • Personal interests


Interviews are extended only to a select number of applicants who meet the admissions criteria. An admissions counselor will contact these applicants to schedule an online interview. The interview is required for those contacted.