Yale School of Medicine’s PA Online curriculum prepares students to become compassionate, well-rounded, patient-focused physician assistants. Students work closely with faculty members and other clinicians to build their skills and become excellent members of health care teams.
The program is designed to be completed in 28 months of full-time study. The didactic year is comprised of 58 credits while the clinical year offers 61 — a total of 119 credits delivered through four integrated components.
The first 12 months of the program focus on online classes and coursework in which students explore the various organ systems, such as cardiology, hematology, and gastroenterology. Pediatric, emergency, and geriatric medicine are integrated throughout the curriculum as students work to refine their clinical skills and consider how learned material is applicable in real-life situations.
All classes are taught by Yale School of Medicine faculty, who also develop the content for all coursework. Students attend classes using the program’s Online Campus, a portal that houses assignments, schedules, coursework, and the virtual classroom.
During their first year, students also work closely with a mentor in his or her own community. Mentors assist with the development of the student’s clinical skills and provide the emotional support every student needs. Mentors work closely with PA Online faculty to ensure the student has access to the program resources.
The Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED) is a curriculum component designed for first year Yale Physician Assistant Online students. CEED exposes students to direct patient care in clinical settings and provides 120+ hours of hands-on experience.
A preceptor will be assigned to each student and act as their guiding supervisor through the didactic year. CEED enables students to develop a practical understanding of PA skills and responsibilities prior to beginning the clinical year.
Students spend the last 16 months of the program acquiring hands-on clinical experience working at sites in or near their communities. All clinical work is designed to offer students practical experience working in teams and maintaining ethical medical practice.
Each four-week rotation is supervised by a clinical preceptor. Students can expect to dedicate 40 hours or more per week to each clinical rotation.
Yale placement specialists work with students to secure clinical rotation sites in or near students’ own communities. All placements are approved and supervised by Yale faculty, as are clinical preceptors.
Immersions are opportunities for students to hone hands-on skills while working in the Yale Center for Medical Simulation. Students demonstrate their surgical approach through cadaver dissection and gain experience working in team-based environments.
Students are required to attend three weeklong immersions on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut.