On-Campus Immersions

Immersions are mandatory in-person learning experiences on Yale’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus. Students meet, study, and socialize with classmates and professors as they connect with the Yale community. Throughout immersions, students demonstrate their skills in simulated and real-world environments.

The immersions last one week with open lab time available in the evening. The first immersion occurs near the middle of the first semester of the didactic year, and the second immersion occurs near the end of the didactic year. The third immersion occurs just prior to program completion. Travel, hotel and food costs are the student’s responsibility.

Simulation Lab

While on campus, students work in the Yale Center for Medical Simulation (YCMS), a state-of-the-art facility that allows students to train for medical practice in a safe, supervised environment. Students work through real-world scenarios, from taking a patient's medical history, to speaking with a concerned family member, to assisting with a surgery. Throughout each case, students are offered feedback from observing PA faculty members and classmates. Specific tasks that students will practice include:

  • Suturing
  • Splinting
  • Injections
  • Foreign body removal/slit lamp
  • Nasal gastric tube insertion
  • IV placement

Anatomy Lab

The Yale School of Medicine philosophy encourages learning through hands-on training. To learn the heart, students must see one, touch one, and even replace one in a human body. To get the full experience of a traditional anatomy course, our online students come to campus and complete cadaver dissection in person under the supervision of Yale PA faculty members. We continue the organ system approach in anatomy lab, and students explore the workings of the body through the exploration of each system.

Lectures and Speakers

Immersions are a great opportunity for students and faculty to connect in person, but they also offer a chance to bring all our online students together to hear from influential guest lecturers and keynote speakers. Each immersion presents a new opportunity for students to learn firsthand about changes and innovations in the PA field.

To learn more about Yale PA Online, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.