PA Education Programs

The Yale School of Medicine is proud to offer two pathways to obtain a high quality PA education: The Physician Associate Program and the Physician Assistant Online Program. Students in both programs graduate with a Master of Medical Science degree and both utilize the faculty from the Yale School of Medicine. With consistent admission requirements but unique learning experiences, prospective students can apply for the program that best meets their learning and career objectives.

The Physician Associate Program

The Physician Associate Program offers a general medicine education and graduates leaders who serve their communities and advance quality healthcare:

  • The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning: full anatomy dissection program, simulation lab, standardized patients, and early clinical exposure.
  • Students develop a strong foundation in research.
  • Clinical experiences are offered within Yale-New Haven Health System and internationally on 4 continents.
  • Students engage in interprofessional educational experiences with Yale medical and nursing students.

The Physician Assistant Online Program

The Physician Assistant Online Program focuses on primary care and meeting the healthcare needs of local communities:

  • The online learning experience includes lectures that are studio recorded for high quality, weekly live class sessions in a virtual classroom, as well as opportunities to collaborate with peers and connect with instructors.
  • The blended learning experience combines online coursework, live online small group sessions and in-person clinical experiences.
  • The curriculum focuses on problem-based learning.
  • The clinical mentoring experience can take place in the student’s own community.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Yale School of Medicine welcomes applicants regardless of documented or undocumented immigration status and endorses the values of the University as stated by President Peter Salovey in 2016:

Yale’s commitment to its students is long-standing, and I am dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the supports and resources we have in place. We admit students without regard to immigration status, and our financial aid policies assure that no student will be denied an education because of immigration status. These policies will continue.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website.