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Prerequisite 2020 Alert in Response to COVID-19

Prerequisite Changes Statement

In an effort to assist candidates facing unprecedented challenges due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Tufts University PA program has made the following changes to the prerequisite requirements for the 2020 application cycle:

  • Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses will be accepted for the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters only. Students will be required to upload a statement from the College or University where these prerequisites were completed in CASPA, documenting that pass/fail grades were utilized instead of the standard letter grades for spring and summer 2020 semesters due to COVID-19.
  • The GRE examination will be “test optional” for the 2020 cycle only. This means that scores are not required but can be submitted if a candidate completed the exam. If applicants would like us to consider their exam results as a component of their candidacy, we will do so in a contextual way. If students choose not to submit exam results, the application will not be penalized. Our admissions committee has a holistic approach when evaluating each application. This provides us with the flexibility to evaluate academic and experience accomplishments within a candidate’s individual context.

Virtual Interview Statement

Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program has implemented a plan to move all interviews for the 2020 admission cycle to a virtual platform in an effort to comply with current guidelines established to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates invited for an interview will be required to attend a virtual program overview presentation which will include a Q & A session with a principal faculty member and a current student. Candidates will then participate in both a synchronous interview and an asynchronous interview activity. Pending the re-opening of the campus in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to invite all candidates who are admitted or placed on the waitlist to the Tufts University School of Medicine campus for a meet and greet hosted by the PA program and a tour of the campus highlighting the amazing resources the University has to offer. The PA program appreciates your flexibility during these unprecedented times.

PA Program Director & Staff

Beth Buyea, DHSc, PA-C
Program Director

Johanne Noble, MA
Program Manager

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