Application Requirements

The requirements, listed below, are for the 2021 application cycle.

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

  • Hold or be working toward a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Each applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.
    • We do not enroll students who already have 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 3.0
  • Have completed core undergraduate prerequisite science courses at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of B or higher, 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.


The Yale PA Online Program accepts students with a wide range of educational backgrounds and patient-care experiences.  No preference is given to applicants who have majored in science over those who have majored in other fields of study.  We believe a variety of patient-care and educational experiences contributes to the diversity of the program.

The Yale PA Online Program gives preference to applicants who are first-generation college students, reside in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area or Medically Underserved Area, received or receive public assistance, and reside in rural areas.

Application Requirements

Apply by the priority deadline on June 1.

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 the CASPA application fee, we require a Yale PA Online Supplemental Application Fee: 

Payment of this $50 fee (see link below) must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 1st. If you have not already paid your supplemental application fee from the direct link in your CASPA application, you may pay by following the instructions in the link below.

Yale Physician Assistant Online Program Supplemental Fee Payment

Fee waiver: 

Applicants who have received a CASPA fee waiver also will 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 Program Materials section.

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.

Current patient-care experience (including volunteer experience) is strongly recommended.


Due to the global health emergency of COVID-19, the Yale PA Online Program has adjusted our evaluation requirements for the 2021 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).

Additional Recommendations

Leadership experience, volunteer experience, and shadowing, including virtual shadowing, of physician assistants are strongly encouraged. 


Interviews are extended only to a select number of applicants who meet the admissions criteria. An admissions counselor will contact these applicants to schedule online interviews. The interview format consists of Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) which include 6 ten-minute mini-interviews. The interview is required for those contacted.