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. 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 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 regionally accredited U.S. university, which include:
    • Statistics or Calculus
    • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Genetics

Additional Recommendations

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.

International Students

Applicants may be required to submit an official World Education Services (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's or graduate degree program, it must comprise 40% or less of the total degree credits for the degree conferred.

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Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit an online application through either CASPA or the Yale PA Online application portal.

CASPA Application

If applying to multiple PA programs, applicants should complete their application in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)—an application service for graduate-level PA programs.

Yale PA Online Portal

The Yale PA Online portal is available for applicants who wish to complete an application for only the Yale PA Program.

To apply to Yale PA Online, applicants should complete or submit the following through the application portal they choose:

Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended.

CASPA

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

Yale PA Online

Send all official transcripts by email or mail to:

applicationservices@paonline.yale.edu

Application Processing Services
Yale PA Online
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

Application Fee(s)

CASPA

In addition to CASPA fees, there is a non-refundable $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.

Yale PA Online

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee for applications submitted through the Yale PA online portal.

Essays

Applicants must submit three (3) essays. Essay prompts can be found in both portals.

GRE Scores

The school code for Yale PA Online is 0028. Please note that we only accept scores from the general GRE Test and will not accept any other test as a substitute.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters should come 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)

CASPer

To assist with our selection process, all applicants to the Yale PA Online program are strongly encouraged to complete CASPer, an online, 90-minute computer-based test, by the completion deadline. CASPer assesses for non-cognitive 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, schedule your test and take CASPer on your chosen test date, please visit takeCASPer.com

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

Résumé

If applicants wish 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)

Interview

Not all applicants will be required to complete an interview. If the admissions committee deems it necessary, a counselor will reach out to schedule. Applicants who do not meet admissions criteria will not be interviewed.