Physician Assistant Program

Join one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing medical professions.

Job growth for physician assistants is expected to rise almost 27% over the next 10 years, which makes the field an attractive, exciting option for students who are passionate about making a difference by pursuing a career in clinical medicine.

Application for January 2025 Start Opens April 25, 2024

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Join one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing medical professions.

Job growth for physician assistants is expected to rise almost 27% over the next 10 years, which makes the field an attractive, exciting option for students who are passionate about making a difference by pursuing a career in clinical medicine.

Application for January 2025 Start Opens April 25, 2024

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The Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program equips students to thrive as PAs across diverse clinical environments. Designed for students deeply dedicated to providing compassionate patient care, our programs offers an impactful educational experience.

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Experience a Rigorous Curriculum & Practical Training

Our program provides a comprehensive curriculum that combines foundational medical knowledge with practical clinical experience, nurturing critical thinking and patient-centered care among students. During the clinical year, students engage in hands-on care during supervised clinical practice rotations,  carefully selected and assigned by the program. This integrated approach ensures graduates are well-prepared to deliver high-quality care across various medical fields, clinical settings, and to diverse patient populations.

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Unlock the Benefits of a Top-Ranked Program in a Medical Hub

Situated in a top-tier medical school and bustling health hub, our program provides students with access to cutting-edge resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and the latest healthcare advancements. Students thrive in an innovative environment with strong clinical connections. Being part of Tufts University School of Medicine exposes students to various health-focused programs, fostering an interprofessional, interdisciplinary perspective. Collaborating with peers from diverse health disciplines equips students with invaluable insights into collaborative health care, ultimately preparing them to excel in delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care.

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Learn from Accessible Expert Faculty Dedicated to Student Success

At the core of our program is a team of actively practicing, experienced practitioners dedicated to providing care in diverse medical settings. They offer invaluable real-world insights, personalized mentorship, and foster a supportive learning environment. With an open-door policy and emphasis on collaboration, our faculty and leadership cultivate an environment of personal and professional growth, ensuring students receive the guidance and support needed to excel in their PA journey.

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Build Strong Connections

Our program prides itself on cultivating a vibrant and collaborative student community where peers come together to support, inspire, and learn from one another. Through initiatives like our peer mentorship program and engagement with the Tufts University Physician Assistant Student Society (TUPASS), students partake in community service, fundraising, and advocacy, enhancing their educational journey. With an emphasis on camaraderie and inclusivity, students forge meaningful connections and engage in collaborative initiatives, preparing them for the teamwork essential in health care.

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Prepare for Board Certification with Confidence

Our program consistently boasts exceptional first-time PANCE exam pass rates, which is a testament to our unwavering commitment to preparing graduates for the rigors of the physician assistant profession. Our tailored approach to Board Review Preparation customizes each cohort’s learning experience, underscoring our commitment to student success in the classroom and workforce.

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Join an Empowering Career Path with Societal Impact

Our Career Services team works with PA students on resume design, interviewing skills, and negotiating offers. The team actively develops employer relationships to support students in finding their first job. Graduates of our program secure fulfilling positions in diverse medical specialties, along with competitive salaries. Additionally, our program instills a strong sense of social responsibility, encouraging students to serve in underserved communities and address widespread healthcare access challenges, thus contributing to accessible, equitable, and competent care for all.

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Enjoy State-of-the-Art Resources

Experience state-of-the-art facilities, including the Anatomy Lab and recently upgraded Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. These spaces are equipped with cutting-edge technology for immersive learning experiences. From working with human cadavers to honing diagnostic skills in peer scenarios, and mastering techniques on high-fidelity mannequins, our program ensures comprehensive skill development. Additionally, students benefit from full access to the extensive resources of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, which houses a wealth of digitized medical journals and electronic textbooks.

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Expand Your Opportunities with a PA/MPH Dual Degree

Enhance your clinical-based PA training with a comprehensive understanding of public health through our optional combined PA/MPH dual degree program. Delve into topics such as epidemiology, community health needs, and health education to broaden your skill set. Graduate with two degrees, equipping yourself to make an impact across various disciplines.

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Program Details

  • Our Mission

    The mission of the Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is to educate a diverse body of students in a student-centered, inclusive, and collaborative environment. The Tufts PA community will have a positive impact on and meaningfully engage in all aspects of the health care continuum, including disease prevention and management, health promotion and maintenance, and end of life care. As patient advocates, Tufts PA students and faculty will be integral members of the health care team, improving access to care for all populations and across all communities they serve.

    The Program fulfills this mission with a commitment to the following values:

    • Competence: Use medical knowledge and technical skills to provide patient-centered care that is safe, equitable, and evidence-based, all while working cohesively on interdisciplinary health care team
    • Humanism: Enhance compassion in caring for patients and demonstrate responsibility and accountability through active community engagement and volunteerism
    • Cultural humility: Engage in self-reflection and lifelong learning involving self-awareness of personal and cultural biases as well as awareness and sensitivity to significant cultural differences of others
    • Professionalism: Act in accordance with the highest standards of integrity through the demonstration of respect, honesty, compassion, personal accountability, collegiality, and teamwork.
    • Social responsibility: Serve and advocate for all people in diverse communities and clinical settings, recognizing the impact social determinants of health have on the health of our patients.

    Program Goals

    1. Recruit and retain a qualified diverse group of students that reflects different race, ethnicity, age, gender, geographic background, socioeconomic status, patient care experience, first generation and veteran status
      • Outcome measure: Diversity of our student body in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender, geographic background, socioeconomic status, patient care experience, 1st generation and veteran status
      • Rationale: We recognize that building a cohort with a diverse background will help to create a learning environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity not just in the classroom, but beyond, as future healthcare professionals working with all populations and across all communities they serve
      • Actual outcome
    2. Prepare graduates with the necessary medical knowledge and clinical skills to graduate from the PA program and be competent entry-level PAs in clinical practice
      • Medical Knowledge:
        • Outcome measure: Five-year first-time PANCE pass rate that meets or exceeds the national average
        • Rationale: As a successful program, we continually seek to improve our curriculum to prepare students with the requisite knowledge to pass the PANCE and enter clinical practice
        • Actual outcome: NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report 2024
      • Clinical Skills:
        • Outcome measure: All graduates meet competency for clinical and technical skills assessed through evaluation in Procedures Class, Clinical year preceptor evaluations, and completion of their doc cards
        • Rationale: The program has documented clinical and technical skills that are required to meet competency prior to graduation. The skills identified are based on common skills and procedures that a general practice PA would be expected to perform as an entry-level PA
        • Actual outcome
    3. Prepare PA students for team-based care through interprofessional education
      • Outcome measure: All graduates meet competency assessment for Interprofessional Education events
      • Rationale: PAs are members of the health care team and need to demonstrate they can work effectively with other members of the team in providing patient-centered care
      • Actual outcome
    4. Prepare graduates to be active in community engagement and volunteerism
      • Outcome measure: All graduates will have met or exceeded 40 hours of community service during the PA program
      • Rationale: Community engagement and volunteerism assists the students in building a commitment to humanism as well as professional development
      • Actual outcome
    5. Assist new graduates in securing employment in a variety of clinical settings to meet workforce needs
      • Outcome measure: 95% of program graduates will secure employment as a PA within six months of graduation
      • Rationale: We provide supportive processes within the program and University to help facilitate graduate employment recognizing that not all graduates seek employment immediately, and some may face challenges of varied regional job markets that could influence position availability
      • Actual outcome
  • The ARC-PA requires programs to publish their attrition table for prospective and enrolled students.

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  • The Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is an accredited program through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Tufts University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2026 March. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

    For further information, visit the ARC-PA website.

  • The Master of Science – Physician Assistant Program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the State of Massachusetts. The Program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a Physician Assistant in all 50 states.

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Our virtual information sessions provide an overview of the PA program, degree prerequisites, and the admissions process and requirements. If you missed our spring event, view the presentation slides.

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Support Tufts PA Students!

Tufts PA Scholarship Fund

Due to the continued growth of our program we are looking to build this scholarship fund in order to provide financial assistance for future applicants.

Tufts PA Program Advancement

Contributions to this fund will be used to strengthen areas of programmatic need, such as the growth of simulation education, providing housing for clinical rotations in high-need areas, and student conference and travel funds.