Class Profile – Class of 2022

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 perspectives to the program. The class of 2022 includes military veterans, and 15 percent are the first generation in their families to attend college.

The ages of students in the class of 2022 range from 21–62 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, and 20 percent of our students in this cohort have advanced degrees, including Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Health Sciences, and Doctor of Education.

GPA ranges from 3.66–4.00 (prerequisite), 3.45–3.89 (cumulative science), and 3.47–3.90 (undergraduate cumulative). These statistics represent the middle 60% of the class (20th–80th percentile).

While academic factors such as GPA can provide evidence of intellectual ability and academic achievement and potential, we consider a candidate’s entire application for other factors that are pertinent to a successful career as a physician assistant and that would enrich our class composite, such as work experience and other life accomplishments.

Many of our applicants graduated from college or a secondary degree program several years ago, which 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 1,387 to 9,833 hands-on patient-care hours. Some examples of prior work experience include positions such as phlebotomist, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, clinical dietician, and paramedic.

For the Class of 2023, which will begin classes in January 2021, 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.