Admissions Process

The Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant (TUSM PA) Program enrolls students in JANUARY of each year. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Please make sure to read through the requirements for our program here.

The next admissions cycle will open up in April 2018.

Application review and decisions occurs on a rolling basis, and will extend only to those applications completed and meeting all deadlines. 


CASPA performs a course and degree verification process once all official transcripts are received. All complete applications (e-submitted, payment received, transcripts received, and two letters received) submitted by July 1st will be sent to Tufts PA Admissions Office. 

Once the Tufts PA Admissions Office has a verified and complete CASPA record for the applicant as well as the third letter of recommendation and test scores, they will send it to the PA Admissions Committee for review. The 6-8 week review process then dictates an interview decision. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.


Selected candidates who have complete and competitive applications are invited to attend one of several interview sessions held throughout the summer and fall.  The session--lasting up to 3 hours--will include a presentation, two individual interviews, and a tour.

Applicants will receive an e-mail from the PA Admissions Office if they are invited for an interview.

Selected candidates will be asked to submit a photo to for identification purposes.


Candidates are notified of their admissions decision via e-mail and the admissions portal. Admitted candidates will have 2 weeks to respond to their offer and submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit. Candidates admitted from the wait-list will have 2 days to respond to the offer and make the deposit. Deposits are submitted electronically to ensure receipt of the deposit by or before the designated reply deadline.

All candidates who enroll are advised that their matriculation is conditional, pending a successful outcome of a criminal background check. The university reserves the right to rescind offers of admissions for candidates with significant criminal histories.


Once students are admitted and enroll in the program, they are responsible for the following:

  • Students are required to submit documentation verifying their license (EMT, RN, PT, etc.) history and standing.
  • All students are required to participate in a criminal background check, which is processed through the Registrar's Office.
  • All students are required to have and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals (BLS) Certification at matriculation in January and for the duration of their time in the PA program.
  • If desired, students may take a basic medical terminology course to prepare for the medical terminology exam to be given at Orientation.
  • Enrolled students must have access to a car for the duration of the program.
  • Enrolled students must make sure they have a laptop that is compatible with the ExamSoft test-taking system. Click here for laptop specifications.

PHPD Admissions

136 Harrison Avenue
Suite 142
Phone: 617.636.0935
Fax: 617.636.0898

Admissions Statistics

Characteristics of class entering in 2017:
Acceptance Rate  9%
Female  80%
Male  20%
Average Age  25
MA Residence  54%
Other Residence  46%
Mean Overall GPA  3.51
Mean Prerequisite GPA  3.54
Mean GRE (Q)  62%
Mean GRE (v)  74%
Mean Hours of PCE  3000