About the Physician Assistant Program

Located on the health science campus in Boston's Chinatown, the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Physician Assistant Program is a 25-month master's degree program that begins in January of each year. Qualified applicants will learn to be essential members of health care teams in hospitals and clinical care settings. They will learn to engage in all aspects of the health care continuum, including disease management, health promotion and maintenance, and palliative care. Graduates will earn a Master of Medical Science (MMS) from TUSM.

With the strong emphasis on clinically-based training and the need to prepare students to begin patient care immediately following graduation, medical schools are uniquely qualified to train physician assistants. At the TUSM Physician Assistant Program, students will be able to study cadavers in the gross anatomy lab, practice physical diagnosis and work with standardized patients in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and be trained with mannequins and task trainers in the simulation rooms.

Opportunities abound for inter-professional education, both in the classroom and at clinical sites. Because of its location on the Tufts University Medical Campus, the physician assistant program affords students the opportunity to collaborate with students and professionals in a diverse range of medical disciplines. They will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with medical students at the Sharewood Medical Clinic.  Students will share the campus with members of the medical, nutrition, dental, public health, and biochemistry communities. This setup provides a unique opportunity for collaboration.

The TUSM Physician Assistant Program has been granted the status "Accreditation-Continued" by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Students who graduate from this program are eligible to sit for their certification exam and practice as a PA.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2026 March. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Standards of Accreditation and ARC-PA policy.

Learn more about the mission and goals of the TUSM Physician Assistant Program here.


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"Deciding on Tufts to pursue my physician assistant education was a great choice. Right in the heart of Boston, innovative research and health care institutions are right in our backyard! The resources at Tufts are amazing - I love spending time in the simulation center or attending rounds at Tufts Medical Center!” – Allison Ruhe, PA-student 2015

Are You Qualified?

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Before applying, an applicant must meet non-academic, or "technical" standards, the essential functions that an applicant must be able to perform in order to be admitted to the PA Program, to progress satisfactorily, and to graduate. They must also meet academic prerequisites such as course work, patient care and tests.

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