FAQ

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How many applicants will be accepted into the program?

The program will admit students until it reaches a class of 50.

Do you have a master's prep program for the PA Program?

We do not have a master’s prep program for PAs, but there is one for the medical school (called Masters in Biomedical Science).  You can find it at the Tufts Medical School website: http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/MBS-Microsite

Will the PA Program be having any information sessions?

We host information sessions in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Click here to be added to our contact list. We will use this list to send an email when sessions are scheduled.   

Do you accept transfer credits or advanced standing for the program curriculum?

No advanced placement, transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning will be granted towards the curriculum. Regardless of previous education or work experience, all students are required to complete the entire physician assistant curriculum.

What are the laptop requirements for the program?
The following link outlines the laptop specifications required for our program: Laptop Requirements
What is the typical student schedule?

The program is 25 continuous months in length.  Starting in January, students can expect to spend 6-8 hours a day in class the first (didactic) year.  During the second (clinical) year, students will travel to clinical practice sites, located in and around Massachusetts, where they will participate in supervised clinical experiences (rotations) in various medical/surgical disciplines. These rotations will vary between 4 ~ 5 weeks in length.  Rotation schedules will include days, evening, nights, and weekend shifts. The typical time commitment during the clinical year is up to 60 hours per week in the clinical setting plus homework. Students are not guaranteed placement at any one clinical site and should be prepared to participate at various locations.  A reliable means of transportation is required and necessary for this portion of the program. 

Can I work while in the PA Program?

It is strongly recommended that students do not work while in the PA program.  The first year curriculum is demanding and the second year clinical rotations are full-time.

Where are the clinical sites during the second year?

Core rotations are available in and around Massachusetts. The majority of sites are within a 60 mile radius of Boston. Students can choose to go to other New England states for core rotations, and beyond for elective rotations.

Students seeking to fulfill their clinical rotation at a new site outside of those previously selected by Tufts may do so by submitting a request to the Director of Clinical Education for review and selection.

How many students will each preceptor be responsible for during the clinical rotations?

It depends on the site, but usually each preceptor is responsible for 1 or 2 students.

What tools are provided to the students to prepare for the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam)?

The students will study questions using PAEasy. They will also take the PACKRAT (Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool) twice; once during the first year and again during the second year.

Additionally, the final month of the program, after the end of the clinical year in December, will include lectures for board review.