Tufts University

School of Medicine

Physician Assistant


Public Health Programs

136 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02111

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Medical Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Physician Assistants (PAs) are important members of the health care team, working interdependently with physicians in virtually all medical specialties and settings. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, further mandated reductions in resident training hours, and a widening shortage of primary care physicians, PAs are becoming a practical and economical alternative to physicians. The US Department of Labor projects a 39% growth in jobs for PAs in the next 10 years.

With its strong emphasis on clinically-based training and the need to prepare students to begin patient care immediately upon graduation, medical schools are uniquely qualified to train physician assistants. The Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Physician Assistant Program is located on the Health Science Campus in Boston. At Tufts, students study cadavers in the gross anatomy lab, and practice physical diagnosis on standardized patients and train with mannequins and task trainers in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. In their second year, students receive real-world clinical training at Tufts’ affiliated institutions – some of the finest hospitals, private practices, and medical centers in New England. Opportunities abound for interprofessional education in the classroom, at the other schools on the Tufts Health Sciences campus, and at clinical sites.

Tufts PA program has been granted the status "Accreditation-Continued" by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The 25-month program begins in January each year. Graduates are awarded a Master of Medical Science degree.


The Program has received Provisional Accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

International Student Requirements:

International applicants are eligible to apply to TUSM PA Program, but should be advised that we admit very few and give strong preference to US citizens and permanent residents. We also give strong preference to applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at a US college or university. The international students admitted to the TUSM PA Program are usually students who have earned Bachelor's degrees in the US. “International applicants” are citizens of any foreign country (including Canada) who do not hold a United States permanent resident visa (green card). Permanent resident visa status is equivalent to US citizenship for the purposes of our admission process and US federal student loan programs. Please note: Graduates of foreign medical schools will not be considered for this program.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 77

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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