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DPT Admissions & Tuition

The Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program plans to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Applicants applying to the Tufts School of Medicine DPT program for the January 2021 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning in July 2020. To learn more about PTCAS, visit

Students applying to the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program should be mature learners. Students who will flourish within this blended-learning curriculum should possess the ability, initiative, and flexibility to learn within online, onsite, and clinical environments. Additionally, students should possess skills and demonstrated potential to complete a rigorous accelerated and hybrid DPT program. This requires students to have a practical level of technical experience and ability prior to beginning this hybrid DPT program.

Admissions to the Tufts University School of Medicine’s 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.

Application Procedures

The Tufts University School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program receives applications for admission exclusively through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) during the 2020 admissions cycle for the inaugural cohort with a January 2021 start. The deadline for submitting completed applications for admission will be published on this page for each cohort.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the cohort beginning in January 2021 is: November 2, 2020.

Admissions Resource for Prospective Students

Tuition & Fees

The following tuition rates are for 2020 – 2021 academic year* and apply to students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) program starting in Spring 2021. The costs indicated below are only an estimate and may be different from the student's total expenditures.

Tuition and Mandatory Fees (per semester/6 total semesters) Amount
Tuition (per semester) $18,334
Technology Fee (per semester) $114
Student Activity Fee (per semester) $35
Student Health Administration Fee (per semester) $125
Disability Insurance (charged annually) $54
Health Insurance (may be waived if covered on acceptable policy) (per semester) $2,484

*Tuition rates and fees are effective as of July 2020. Note that program cost is set each academic year (June to May) and typically increases a small amount from year-to-year. The Trustees of Tufts University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion.

Applying for Financial Aid

The DPT Program primarily provides financial assistance in the form of federal loans. We strongly encourage you to submit a financial aid application as early in the application process as possible to allow adequate time for the Office of Financial Aid to process your application. You should use the FAFSA that corresponds with your academic year (e.g., if enrolling in January of 2021, you should use the 2020-2021 FAFSA and the priority consideration date for applying for aid is November 6, 2020). Do not wait until you have submitted your application or receive an admissions decision to apply for aid, as this will delay your personal financial aid information. More Information on Applying for Aid

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.

Click here for more information regarding the accreditation status of the Tufts DPT Program.

If you have and questions, contact us at 617-636-3504.