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Tufts University School of Medicine


Downton Boston

Admissions Overview

The Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs accept applications through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about PTCAS, visit

Application Deadline

For the class of 2023, beginning coursework in January 2022, Tufts University School of Medicine’s DPT program in Boston will begin accepting applications through PTCAS on the following application windows:

  • February 1, 2021 – May 17, 2021
  • June 15, 2021 – October 15, 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 15, 2021, the deadline for all verified materials, including all official transcripts, official GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, is October 15, 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.

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).

View admissions resources for prospective students.


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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and fees provided here are effective for students enrolling in the program in January 2022.* Tuition information for currently enrolled students is available from the Office of Financial Aid.


$18,884 per semester (flat-rate)**


$334 per semester

**Tuition rates and fees are effective as of July 2021. Note that program cost is set each DPT academic year (January to December) 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.

Completion requirement is six semesters total.

Note: 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.

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 (School code: E00520) 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. View more information on applying for aid.

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DPT Admissions Contacts

Mark Wilhelm, PT, DPT, PhD
Director of Admissions, DPT-Boston

Hannah Fridy
Admissions Counselor