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Tufts University

Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: February 2023
Posner Hall
200 Harrison Ave, 2nd Floor

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Program Information

Length of Program:

25 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  


Starting Semester: 




Students per Class:


PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 


Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$180,691 / $180,691   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 


Admissions Information


Participates in CASPA:


Application Deadline:

August 1
(Rolling Admissions)


Minimum GPA:   


Minimum Science GPA:


Average GPA: 


Average Science GPA:   


Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:


Minimum PA Shadowing: 


Patient Care Experience Required:

1000 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

1500 Hours

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

PA shadowing is encouraged, but not required, for the purpose of ensuring an individual understands the profession and is making an informed decision but it will not be accepted as part of the 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience. Direct patient care experience can be obtained through a paid or volunteer experience. Each case will be weighed on its own merits. We are interested in the quality of the experience. The experience should allow a candidate to receive enough exposure to function (e.g., taking vitals, evaluating/triaging patients, bed side care, drawing blood, obtaining EKGs, casting/splinting, wound care, placement of IVs, etc.) in a clinical capacity that will allow them to begin to understand medical terms and interact with a wide variety of patients and clinical situations. It should also give a supervisor an opportunity to assess skills for the purpose of generating a reference.


Test(s) Required:

GRE Recommended

GRE Deadline:

Check with School

GRE Expiration:

Check with School

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:


CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

10 Years
All prerequisite courses must be taken within 10 years (January 2011 or later) prior to applying to the program. If prerequisite courses were taken over 10 years ago, you will need to take one of the following: Higher level courses (ex: upper level bio such as immunology or genetics)* OR Repeat the introductory courses *Please note that at least ONE lab is required to fulfill the prerequisite. For example, if you completed BIO I + lab and BIO II + lab over 10 years ago, you must complete TWO higher level courses and at least ONE BIO lab, or repeat BIO I + lab and BIO II + lab.

Online Coursework Accepted:

While online courses are accepted (including online labs), it is preferred that courses be taken as traditional, face-to-face classroom courses.

Community College Coursework Accepted:


Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:



Required or Recommended
General Chemistry
2 Semesters with Lab
Organic chemistry will be accepted for the General Chemistry requirement.
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
1 Semester
May only be applied to prerequisites when biology or chemistry was taken longer than 10 years ago or AP credit was received. Will be considered a chemistry course unless categorized as a biology course by the granting institution on the transcript.
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
Not Required
Introductory Biology
2 Semesters with Lab
General or Human biology for science majors
1 Semester with Lab
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Not Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Not Required
Medical Terminology
1 Course
Must be a stand-alone course, but can be taken online. A certificate of completion will suffice.
English / Writing
Not Required
1 Semester
Social Sciences
Not Required
1 Semester
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
Not Required
Other Requirements
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.
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