Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Online Program

Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is advancing the physician assistant (PA) profession by educating the highly proficient PAs the country needs. Yale PA Online prepares patient-focused clinicians through a curriculum that blends online classes and course work with in-person clinical rotations and immersions. Students become PAs who can work on health care teams to help meet the country’s need for primary care practitioners.

Attending the Yale PA Online Program

The program can be completed in 28 months of full-time study and is delivered through three integrated components:


  • Live, online classes taught by Yale faculty
  • Organ-systems approach
  • Virtual classroom
  • Video coursework, including lectures and case studies
  • Small classes to foster collaboration

Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED)

  • Yale-approved site and preceptor
  • 4-6 hours weekly
  • By the end of the didactic year, students gain 120+ healthcare experience hours

Clinical Training

  • Clinical rotations of 40 hours or more per week
  • Hands-on training in 12 mandatory rotations and 3 elective rotations
  • Dedicated placement team that secures clinical rotations in or near the area you live
  • Master's Capstone


  • Three week-long immersions on the Yale campus during the course of the program
  • Real-world experience in Yale Center for Medical Simulation
  • In-person interactions with classmates and faculty

Yale PA Online prepares students to become certified physician assistants by passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Graduates of the program will also be prepared to pursue state licensure.

Becoming a PA

With the country’s shortage of primary care physicians, PAs are becoming more prevalent. According to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report

2022 Best Jobs in Health Care:

2022 Best Jobs Nationwide:

¹ U.S. News and World Report, http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/physician-assistant