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Prepare to Join one of the Most Dynamic and Fastest-Growing Medical Professions

The Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program trains you to practice as a PA in a broad range of clinical settings. Job growth for physician assistants is expected to rise almost 40 percent 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.

Cutting-Edge Resources

As a Tufts student, you’ll hone your anatomical knowledge and build practical skills in­ our world-class Anatomy Lab and the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. You’ll work with human cadavers, conduct physical diagnoses in peer examination scenarios and on standardized patients, and practice on high-fidelity mannequins. And you’ll have full access to all the resources of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, including thousands of digitized medical journals and hundreds of electronic textbooks.

Clinical-Focused Environment

PA students complete their pre-clinical coursework at Tufts University’s Health Sciences campus in downtown Boston, one of the world’s most dynamic cities for medicine and health care. You’ll network with clinicians, interact with medical and dental students, and participate in Grand Rounds at the world-class Tufts Medical Center. As a second-year student, you’ll further hone your skills by completing clinical rotations at different practice sites in and around Boston.  

Job Placement Excellence

While a student, you’ll build relationships with practicing clinicians that give you a leg up in today’s competitive job market. And our Career Services office provides resume-building support, mock interviews, employment fairs, and other tools to assist you in your job search. It’s no wonder that since our inception, the PA program has enjoyed a near-100 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation, and a PANCE pass rate that is well above the national average.

Earn a PA/MPH Dual Degree

With an optional combined PA/MPH dual degree, you’ll complement your clinical-based PA training with a deep understanding of public health topics like epidemiology, community health needs, and health education. You’ll graduate with two degrees, and be able to work in a wide range of different disciplines.     

Tufts University School of Medicine has an incredible reputation that is well-known around the world. The Physician Assistant Program continues to maintain the high standards for which the university as a whole is known. From the fascinating hustle and bustle of downtown Boston, to the eager teaching attitude of the faculty, Tufts has definitely been the right choice for me. -Joel B. (Sacramento, CA)

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The Tufts PA Program was the first physician assistant program established at a medical school in MA.

PA Program Director & Staff

Beth Buyea, DHS, PA-C
Program Director

Christina McCormack, MS, RD, LD
Program Manager

136 Harrison Ave.
M&V Suite 207
Boston, MA 02111
617-636-0405
paprogram@tufts.edu

Donate to Tufts PA Scholarship Fund

We are building a scholarship fund to provide grant-in-aid awards to deserving students.

To make a donation:

  • Send a check to Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Development, 136 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02111 (made out to "Trustees of Tufts College" with "Physician Assistant Scholarship" in the memo line).
  • Or, donate online. In the "Select an area" field, select "Physician Assistant Scholarship".