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 December, students will have gained 120+ healthcare experience hours

Clinical Rotations

  • 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 1-week 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 2021 U.S. News & World Report

2021 Best Jobs in Health Care:

2021 Best Jobs Nationwide:

Program Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program sponsored by Yale School of Medicine.

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

To learn more about the Yale PA Online Program, request information today.

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