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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 Yale Online
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 PA faculty
- Video course work including lectures and case studies
- Small classes capped at 12 students to foster collaboration
- Clinical rotations of 40 hours or more per week
- Hands-on training in 13 mandatory and three elective rotations
- Dedicated placement team that secures second year rotations
- Three 1-week immersions on the Yale campus during the course of the program
- Cadaver dissection and 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 U.S. News & World Report:*
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Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online anticipates matriculating its first class in January of 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2017 ARC-PA meeting.
Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation – Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.