Admissions FAQs

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General

A: Beginning in the 2014 application year, we will require a supplemental application.

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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.

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A: October 1 (midnight) of each year, CASPA verified applications are due for matriculation in the August of the following year.  The October 1st deadline refers to CASPA verification and  all prerequisites completed by this date.  We expect that some verfied iapplications will arrive from CASPA after the September 1st deadline and will consider those with an October 1 verification date.  Should someone submit a CASPA application on October  2, it will not be accepted.

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A: Please note that several clinical training sites require criminal background checks. Incoming students must consent to criminal background assessment prior to matriculation.

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A: No. Each application is reviewed on its own merit and we do not maintain a university ranking systemcollapse

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.

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A: You must submit your transcripts and credentials to the World Education Service for official evaluation.

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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.

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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.

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A: Yale does not accept applications from individuals who have completed their medical training as physicians.

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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.

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Prerequisites

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.

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A: Since the science grade point average includes all science course work, it would use both organic chemistry grades in the calculation.

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A: The science GPA is calculated using the entire transcript(s) of science courses.

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A: No, the science GPA is calculated using grades from the undergraduate and post-graduate period.

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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.

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A: Yes. All prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline of October 1.

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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 October 1 deadline.

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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.

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A: Patient care means direct (hands-on) patient experiences.  Preference is given to applicants with this experience, in roles such as EMT, Paramedic, Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant, CNA, ER Tech, Physical Therapy Aide. Healthcare experience with undeserved populations, medical mission trips is highly valued.

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Requirement: Official GRE scores submitted through the CASPA application

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.

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A: If you have an official copy of your scores, we do not require that you retake the examination.  The official copy should be sent directly to the Yale PA Program, Attention: Admissions.

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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.

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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.

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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 October 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. With our rolling admissions process, those applicants with completed CASPA and Supplementary applications, including official GRE scores, will be considered for interviews and decisions once all application requirements have been met.
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Admissions Process

A: You will receive an email when your application is complete, including receipt of official GRE scores and three recommendations.

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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.

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