Program Spotlight: Yale University School of Medicine


Location:  New Haven, Connecticut

Number of students: 36 

Application Cycle:  April - October 1st through CASPA with supplemental application (rolling admissions)

Interview dates:  Mid-October through November

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  28 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE:  No specific requirement, recommended to have minimum 6 months or 1,000 hours

GPA:  Minimum science GPA of 3.0

Shadowing:  Encouraged

The Good Stuff:

  • Suture practice in live animal labs 
  • Full anatomy cadaver dissection lab
  • Options for electives abroad in either Peru, Spain, or Uganda
  • Elective option of Spanish for Health Care Professionals
  • PA/MPH program can be done in 39 months
  • There's a required thesis paper 
  • Check out the "Virtual Fair" on their website if you are interested in the program
  • Can only have 1 prerequisite course in progress at time of application
  • They do not accept applications from physicians who have finished medical school but will accept students who were unable to finish medical school
  • They have already assumed the name of "physician associate" for the program

Program Link:  Yale PA Program

For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)

Program Spotlight: Quinnipiac University


Happy Friday!  Just wanted to mention that I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this school, so if anyone has any insight please share.  And if you haven't noticed by now, I'm doing these pretty much by the US News and World Report's list of top PA programs.  If there's any information you're looking for in these reviews as well, please let me know so I can add it!

Location:  North Haven, Connecticut

Number of students: 71 (This number is from 2015, but the website states they accept 54, with about 20 being from the Pre-PA program)

Application Cycle:  April - September 1 through CASPA

Interview dates:  September - December

Start date:  Late May/Early June

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Minimum 2500 hours suggested (may consider if less)

GPA:  Cumulative and Science of 3.20

Shadowing:  Recommended, not required

The Good Stuff:

  • Does NOT require the GRE
  • They will accept pre-calculus or calculus in place of statistics
  • Coursework must be completed by December before matriculation
  • Entry-Level Master's Physician Assistant Program (ELMPA) - 4 years of undergraduate course work that get you a Bachelor in Health Science Studies, and if you meet requirements for the PA program, you are likely to be accepted after a faculty review.  They say it's not "guaranteed," but as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA and have enough patient care hours, it seems like a great option.  This is not available to transfer students.  The curriculum looks pretty tough, but it's been developed to help you succeed in the PA program.

Program LinkQuinnipiac University PA Program

For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)