- Q: Does Yale require a supplementary application?
A: No. The only requirement besides the CASPA application is official record of your GRE scores.
- Q: When does the program begin?
A: The program holds orientation during the same period as the Yale School of Medicine incoming MD students. This is generally the last week of August just prior to Labor Day.
- Q: What is the deadline for application?
A: September 1 of each year applications are due for matriculation in the August of the following year. The September 1st deadline refers to CASPA submission and having all prerequisites completed by this date. We expect that some applications will arrive from CASPA after the September 1st deadline. Should someone submit their CASPA application on September 2, it will not be accepted.
- Q: Will I be subject to a criminal background check as a Yale student?
A: Please note that several clinical training sites require criminal background checks. Incoming students must consent to criminal background assessment prior to matriculation.
- Q: Does Yale rank applicants based on the university they attended?
- A: No. Each application is reviewed on its own merit and we do not maintain a university ranking systemcollapse
- Q: I am a history major at a local university. Do I need to get a second degree in the sciences in order to apply to your program?
A: We do not have a specified list of majors required for admission. Many students come from liberal arts backgrounds but complete the science prerequisites as electives for their major.
- Q: I completed my undergraduate course work at a university outside the United States. How will you evaluate my transcripts?
A: You must submit your transcripts and credentials to the World Education Service for official evaluation.
- Q: Do you accept undergraduate degrees from a foreign institution?
A: If your credentials have been deemed comparable to an undergraduate degree by World Education Service, we do accept the coursework. International students must complete one year of education in the United States, Great Britain or Canada prior to application.
- Q: Do I need to take the TOEFL or TSE?
A: Anyone whose first language is not English is required to take the electronic TOEFL or the paper TOEFL and the TSE and submit scores to the Yale PA Program.
- Q: I am trained as a physician from a country outside the United States who has been unable to complete the USMLE examinations. How do I apply to your program?
A: Yale does not accept applications from individuals who have completed their medical training as physicians.
- Q: I completed one year of medical school and would like to apply to your program. Am I eligible for matriculation?
A: While we do not accept applications from physicians who have completed their medical school training, we do accept applications from individuals who started medical school but for a variety of reasons did not complete their training.
- Q: How is the science grade point average calculated?
A: Grades and corresponding course credits in all biology, chemistry and physics courses from undergraduate and graduate work are used to calculate the science grade point average. This calculation is derived automatically from the CASPA application.
- Q: I have taken organic chemistry twice because my first grade was a "C." When calculating the GPA do you use the first grade or the second grade?
A: Since the science grade point average includes all science course work, it would use both organic chemistry grades in the calculation.
- Q: Is the science GPA calculated using only the courses that fulfill prerequisite requirements or from the entire transcript of science courses?
A: The science GPA is calculated using the entire transcript(s) of science courses.
- Q: I did poorly in my undergraduate science course work and have maintained a very high GPA in my post-baccalaureate studies. Will Yale use just my post-baccalaureate studies GPA since the grades are more representative of my current knowledge base?
A: No, the science GPA is calculated using grades from the undergraduate and post-graduate period.collapse
- Q: If I took my biology and chemistry courses more than ten years ago, am I required to retake the science prerequisites?
A: We do not require that the science courses be taken within a certain amount of time relative to the application. When the admissions committee reviews the application, the members will assess the applicant's familiarity with the prerequisite subjects in general.collapse
- Q: My last prerequisite for Yale's program will be completed by September 5th of this year. Would this date disqualify me as an applicant?
A: Yes. All prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline of September 1.collapse
- Q: If I take biochemistry this fall, can I submit my application in advance of completing this course?
A: If you have taken organic chemistry, then you have already met our prerequisite requirement and may complete biochemistry during the process of applying to the program If you have not taken organic chemistry and are using biochemistry to meet our requirements, then you must complete the course before the September 1 deadline.collapse
- Q: I am working this year, trying to fulfill the work experience hours required by many PA programs. Does Yale consider medical mission trips adequate work experience?
A: Yale does not have a prescribed type of health care experience that is required for admission. The number of patient care hours varies dramatically in each incoming class. For the class entering in August 2012, the range of work hours was 100 to over 18,000.collapse
- Q: How does Yale define "direct patient care?"
A: Yale does not have a minimum requirement for patient care hours. The Admissions Committee expects that those who apply can articulate the role of the physician associate in the delivery of health care and the issues related to access to care for disenfranchised patients.collapse
Requirement: Official GRE scores submitted through the CASPA application
- Q: Will Yale accept the MCAT as a substitute for the GRE?
A: No. All applicants are expected to complete the graduate record examination and submit their scores to the Yale PA Program in time for the CASPA application to be complete by our September 1 deadline. The official GRE scores will then appear on the applicants on-line CASPA application.collapse
- Q: I took the GRE in 2001. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) keeps the scores for only five years. Do I need to retake the GRE?
A: If you have an official copy of your scores, we do not require that you retake the examination.collapse
- Q: I have a graduate degree and would like an exemption from taking the GRE.
A: In an effort to ensure fair admissions practices, we do not waive GRE requirements for any applicant. All are required to submit official GRE scores via ETS/CASPA as a part of the application.collapse
- Q: What is the minimum score required on the GRE?
A: We do not have a minimum score on any specific section of the GRE, but competitive applicants have overall scores above the 50th percentile.collapse
- Q: What is the latest date for taking the Graduate Record Examination?
- A: Official GRE scores are sent electronically to CASPA by ETS using the Yale PA Program Institution Code of 3983. The official (verified) scores must show in the on-line application as having been received no later than September 1 of the year of application. We recommend applicants take the GRE at least four to five weeks before the application deadline to facilitate timely receipt of official scores.collapse
- Q: When will I be notified that my application is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee?
A: You will receive an email when your application is complete, including receipt of official GRE scores and three recommendations.collapse
- Q: By what date will Yale inform me of the invitation to interview for the PA program?
A: It is our goal to extend the invitation for an interview one month prior to the interview dates. Since this date depends on our chosen interview days, the date varies by a few weeks each year. Generally, applicants invited for interviews should hear from the program in the last week of September or first week of October at the latest.