The Yale PA Online Program enrolls students from diverse locations across the United States and from a variety of careers and backgrounds to become the primary care providers our nation needs. Our first cohort, a class of 41 students from 11 states, began classes January 2018. Our second cohort, a class of 59 students from 24 states, began classes January 2019. Our third cohort, a class of 69 students from 32 states, began classes January 2020.
Once again, we have admitted students spanning a wide geographic range, from New England to Alaska. Some students live in rural areas such as Booker, Texas and Sedalia, Missouri, while others reside in more populous urban centers such as Los Angeles and New York. These students bring a variety of life experiences and a breadth of perspectives to the program. For example, twenty percent of our students in this cohort have advanced degrees including Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Health Sciences, Doctor of Education, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, and Master of Education. The class of 2022 includes military veterans and fifteen percent of our students in this cohort were the first generation in their families to attend college.
The ages of students in the class of 2022 range from 21 to 62 years (average age 30). The ratio of male to female students is approximately 25%/75%. Academic and career backgrounds also vary greatly among this cohort. The following academic statistics are a representation of the middle 60% of the class (20th–80th percentile):
GPA ranges from 3.66–4.00 (prerequisite), 3.45–3.89 (cumulative science) and 3.47–3.90 (undergraduate cumulative).
While academic factors such as GPA can provide evidence of intellectual ability and academic achievement and potential, we consider and review an applicant’s entire application for other factors pertinent to a successful career as a physician assistant, and that would enrich our class composite, such as work experience and other life accomplishments. The fact that many of our applicants graduated from college or a secondary degree program several years ago makes looking at information beyond grades particularly important.
For example, while patient care hours were not a requirement for admission for the Class of 2022, the middle 60% of the cohort reported from 1387 to 9833 hands-on patient care hours. Some examples of prior work experience are phlebotomist, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, clinical dietician, and paramedic.
For the Class of 2023 cohort, we are accepting applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents residing in any of the 50 states within the U.S. and the District of Columbia.