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FAQs

What is the length of the PA program? 

28 months. 

When does the PA program begin? 

One new cohort is admitted per year. Classes begin at the end of August. All prerequisite requirements must be completed at that time. 

How do I apply? 

Applications for the inaugural, or first, cohort of students, which will begin classes in fall 2021, will be submitted directly to the PA program at https://www.yu.edu/Katz/apply-now.

Applications for each subsequent cohort must be submitted via CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs) at CASPA | Applicant Login Page Section (liaisoncas.com)

Where is the YU PA program located? 

The PA program is located in the Van Etten building near the Albert Einstein College of Medicine campus in the Bronx, N.Y. 

Is the program full time? 

Yes, the program is offered only on a full-time basis.  

Can I work while I am in PA school? 

Due to the rigorous and demanding nature of the PA program, PA students are strongly discouraged from seeking or maintaining employment during their tenure in the program. Employed PA students are required to report their employment status and job/title responsibilities to the PA program director.  

How much does the PA program cost? 

Please visit the Admissions & Financial Aid page of our website for more information about admission and tuition requirements. 

Are scholarships available? 

Please visit the Admissions & Financial Aid page of our website for more information about admission and tuition requirements. 

What are the admission requirements? 

Please visit the Admissions & Financial Aid page of our website for more information about admission requirements. 

What if my bachelor's degree or prerequisites are in progress when I apply? 

All prerequisite requirements must be complete at the time of matriculation. Applications with more than two outstanding prerequisites will not be considered.  

Does everyone who meets the minimum prerequisite requirements receive an interview invitation? 

Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Only the most competitive applicants will be invited to interview with the PA program's admissions committee. Please visit the Admissions & Financial Aid page of our website for more information about the student selection process. 

When are interviews held? 

Interviews are held on a rolling basis. As completed and verified applications are received and reviewed, interviews are scheduled.  

How many students will be accepted into the PA program? 

Thirty students will be accepted into the inaugural, or first, cohort of the PA program, 40 students will be accepted into the second cohort, and 50 students will be accepted into the third and subsequent cohorts. 

What is the admission requirement for direct patient care hours? 

Direct patient care hours are NOT required for admission into the PA program. However, applicants with direct patient-care experience are more competitive. 

Is PA shadowing required? 

Shadowing a PA is not required, but it is encouraged. 

Is the GRE required? 

The GRE is not required for admission to the PA program. 

Do you accept transfer credit or advanced standing? 

Transfer credit and advanced standing are not accepted. All students must complete all of the didactic and clinical elements of the PA program.  

How many hours are spent on clinical rotations? 

PA students will spend approximately 2,000 hours on clinical rotations during their tenure in the PA program. Each clinical rotation is five weeks long. Students will complete 10 rotations, including three electives during their clinical year. 

Are PA students required to find their own clinical rotation sites? 

Students are not required to find their own clinical sites. Students may make suggestions to the director of clinical education for sites and preceptors but are not required to do so. Student-suggested clinical sites and preceptors will be evaluated by the PA program and approved if educationally suitable. 

What is the PANCE pass rate? 

The PA program’s PANCE pass rate will be available on the website in spring 2024, after the graduation of the inaugural, or first, cohort.  

What is YU’s PA program accreditation status? 

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to Yeshiva University's Physician Assistant Program.  

Accreditation-Provisional is a 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. 

Please visit the About, Accreditation & Outcomes page of the PA program website for more information.