Before applying to the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Physician Assistant Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements for Academic Courses, Direct Patient Care Experience, Tests, and Technical Standards.


All scores must be received before an application will be reviewed by the PA Admissions Committee.


All applicants must take either the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within 5 years of the admissions cycle year. There is no preference given to either the GRE or the MCAT. If neither exam has been taken, the program recommends taking the GRE. There is no current requirement for particular subject tests.

No minimum score has been established. For the GRE, the program considers Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Applicants are encouraged to have overall GRE scores above the 50th percentile, and MCAT scores above 26 (tests before January 2015) or 500 (tests after January 2015). Scores will be used in conjunction with other data to consider applicants. The GRE/MCAT is required even if an applicant holds a master's or doctorate degree.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) evaluates the ability of non-native speakers to understand and use English in an academic setting.  Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) – like many other American universities, government agencies and businesses – requires candidates to submit their TOEFL scores and certificate for admission to its programs.

The TOEFL is REQUIRED if English is NOT the candidate's first language OR the candidate has a non-U.S. academic degree.

The TOEFL requirement is WAIVED for students who have attended a U.S. university for two or more years.

Minimum TOEFL score required = 96-120 IBT


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