Allied Technical Staff Training

The benefits of American health care education and training available through Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) – including the latest technical innovations practiced by our training hospitals – are not limited to international medical graduates and practicing physicians. TUSM and our hospitals also offer a wide range of training opportunities for those pursuing careers in allied technical fields in their home countries.

TUSM training hospitals offer customized training programs in technical fields including, but not limited to:

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Nutrition
  • Laboratory

Our programs, featuring hands-on experience in the latest American technical advances for these professions, include both short and long-term training opportunities. Our hospitals, through the OIA, will work with international sponsoring organizations in customizing programs to meet specific technical staff needs in their countries.

International trainees in TUSM-affiliated programs will not be involved in direct patient care but, rather, will serve as clinical observers only.

By completing these programs, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the participating TUSM training hospital, which will enhance professional advancement opportunities in your home-country health care system.

Required qualifications:
International candidates for these training programs must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • An undergraduate university degree in, or related to, the technical field for which a TUSM training program is sought. (A copy of your graduation certificate is required.)
  • Sufficient English language skills to function effectively in a U.S. medical/technical department setting. You must submit an official report that you have passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 80. (More information on TOEFL)
  • Full, advance payment of the applicable training program fee. While these training programs are open to all qualified international applicants, those who come to us via a TUSM-affiliated sponsoring organization will need a financial guarantee letter from the sponsor.

How to get started:
You first should contact TUSM’s Office of International Affairs via email (oia@tufts.edu) to learn, and agree to, the training fee for your program of choice.

Then, you should complete an application form. The form – as well as information on how and when to apply, and what happens after the application is submitted – can be found in the Application Process section of this web site. Additional documentation will be required with the application form.

Please note:
You should understand that TUSM does not provide housing as part of allied technical staff training programs. You are responsible for finding and paying for your own housing. It is suggested that you begin your housing search well in advance of your training program starting date. We offer some suggestions and other online resources on the Finding a Place to Live page of this web site.