Admission Requirements

Principles on Holistic Admission and Spring 2020 Grades

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of Yale University adopted the following principle:

Yale’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to Spring 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

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 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 completed a minimum of 500 patient-care experience hours (paid)
  • 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
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. We allow applicants from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the CASPer assessment and submit a valid score via CASPer to the Yale PA Online Program.

The following changes to the admissions criteria will take effect for the current CASPA cycle:

  • GRE scores are no longer required.
  • Genetics is no longer a required prerequisite course.
  • Applicants must have completed 500 hands-on patient-care hours (paid) at the time of submission.

Application Requirements

Applications are accepted on the CASPA portal from April 30, 2020 through September 1, 2020.

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. This fee must be paid by cashier's check or money order. Instructions for remittance can be found in the CASPA Supplemental Application. Applicants who have received a CASPA fee waiver will also receive a fee waiver for the supplemental application fee.


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.

Patient-Care Hours

Applicants must complete a minimum of 500 hours of patient-care experience (paid) at the time of application submission. Instructions on how to enter this information into the application can be found on the CASPA Experience page.


Due to the global health emergency of COVID-19, the Yale PA Online Program has made adjustments to our evaluation requirements for the 2020 admissions cycle.  While we recommend applicants submit three evaluations, we require a minimum of two evaluations to complete the application. One evaluation must be from either an academic reference (who can provide a meaningful assessment of the applicant's academic record) or a health care industry professional (preferably a supervisor).  Additionally, applicants must include one other professional reference of the candidate’s choosing (personal references will not be accepted).


To assist with our selection process, we recommend applicants 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.