DPT Admissions & Prerequisites
The Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program accepts applications through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the Tufts School of Medicine DPT Program for the January 2022 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning in February 1, 2021. To learn more about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org.
Students applying to the Tufts School of Medicine DPT Program should be mature learners due to the accelerated nature of this program. Students who will flourish within this blended-learning curriculum should possess the ability, initiative and flexibility to learn within online, onsite and clinical environments.
Admissions to the Tufts School of Medicine DPT Program is completed through a formal application process. All applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution within the United States or an accredited American university operating in a foreign country.
The Tufts University School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program receives applications for admission exclusively through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
For the class of 2023, beginning coursework in January 2022, Tufts University School of Medicine’s DPT program will begin accepting applications through PTCAS on February 1, 2021.
There are two application windows during which applicants can apply to the DPT program for the cohort beginning January 2022:
- February 1, 2021 – May 17, 2021
- June 15, 2021 – October 1, 2021
For applications submitted between February 1, 2021 and May 17, 2021, the deadline for submitting all materials, including all official transcripts, official GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, is May 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Per PTCAS policy, applicants who submit their application but do not submit ALL required transcripts by the deadline will need to “reapply” when the application cycle reopens on June 15th. Furthermore, applications that are in progress but not submitted by the May 17th deadline may carry over application information to the application window starting June 15 with the exception of recommendation letters, personal essays, and answers to Tufts specific questions.
For applications submitted between June 15, 2021 and October 1, 2021, the deadline for all verified materials, including all official transcripts, official GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, is October 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. All application materials must be verified by the application deadline and no later. In order for all application materials to be verified by the deadline, it is recommended that applicants submit all material three to four weeks in advance. Applications that do not have all required materials verified by the deadline will not be considered for this application cycle. As we have limited seats available, we encourage applicants to apply early and not wait until the designated deadline date to submit.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Tufts University Health Sciences Schools require all matriculated students of higher education to participate in a health insurance plan. Students may enroll in the student insurance plan offered by Tufts University, or maintain private coverage as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum state requirements set forth by the Commonwealth.
Tufts DPT Program Admissions Response to COVID-19
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Tufts School of Medicine DPT program has made the following changes to the admissions requirements for the 2020 application cycle:
Observations: Tufts School of Medicine DPT program has decided to temporarily suspend the forty-hour observation requirement for applicants. If you have already completed observation or work hours with a physical therapist, we highly encourage you to upload proof of your observation hours while completing the DPT program application.
GRE Testing: ETS has created and launched the online GRE test that prospective applicants can complete remotely. We encourage all applicants who have not yet completed the GRE to visit the ETS website for additional information.
Prerequisites: Tufts School of Medicine DPT program is accepting prerequisite courses with a pass/fail grade only for the spring and summer semesters of 2020. Courses graded as pass/fail are otherwise not counted towards completion of prerequisite courses.
Recommendations: Due to Covid-19, a recommendation from a physical therapist will not be required for this current admissions cycle. However, a recommendation from a physical therapist is still highly recommended.
The Tufts University School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program specifically targets traditional and nontraditional students with the demonstrated potential to navigate the academic rigors of a 2-year accelerated, hybrid model physical therapy curriculum. To be accepted into the Tufts DPT program, students must meet the following criteria.