The art and science of managing pain
Since 2010 PREP has offered a joint master’s program with the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). Students enrolled in NESA’s Master of Acupuncture program can graduate with two master’s degrees: an MS from Tufts School of Medicine and a Master of Acupuncture or Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from NESA, based at MCPHS University. Students complete requirements for both programs, with some courses counted toward both degrees. Graduates of this joint degree program are sophisticated pain management professionals. They possess the expertise needed to effectively practice alongside conventional providers in allopathic medical environments. Full-time students may complete both programs in 33 months.
NESA students may also enroll in one of the Advanced Studies in Pain Topics Certificate programs. The 15 credit Pain Topics Certificate Program allows enrollees to choose a specialized area of study: Education, Policy, Research, or Occupational Therapy.
What are the requirements for the dual master's program
27 credits of PREP courses
6 credits of NESA courses
What courses do I need to take?
Example Course Order
PREP 230 (1 credit) (Blended Learning) Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry & Pharmacology of Pain
PREP 232 (1 credit) (Blended Learning) Ethical & Sociocultural Aspects of Pain
PREP 234 (1 credit) (Blended Learning) Clinical Pain Problems
PREP 238 (0.5 credits) Evaluation & Treatment of Pain: Psychological Approached
PREP 233 (1 credit) (Blended Learning) Palliative Care & End-of-Life Issues
PREP 235 (1 credit) Public Policy, Legislative, & Forensic Issues
PREP 251 (0.5 credits) Capstone Project Planning
HCOM 502 (1 credit) Epidemiology-Biostatistics: Reading & Interpreting the Medical Literature
PREP 252 (0.5 credits) Capstone Project Implementation
PREP 241 (1.5 credit) (Blended Learning) Medical Acupuncture
How do I apply?
The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) and PHPD control their own admission process and standards. Any student accepted to NESA is eligible to apply for admittance into PHPD’s MS/PREP program.
The application window begins upon a student’s formal acceptance to NESA and ends on April 1 of his or her first NESA year. NESA students may still apply after this deadline, but completing both programs in three years is not possible in that case.
Students who exclusively take evening courses at NESA may find it impractical to enroll in the joint program since all Master’s in Pain courses are taught in the evening. Students are encouraged to work with both institutions to create an individual course schedule.
Graduates will receive two separate Master’s degrees, one from Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and one from NESA. Both NESA and TUSM are independent institutions. Tufts University School of Medicine does not appear on the New England School of Acupuncture diploma nor does the New England School of Acupuncture appear on the Tufts University School of Medicine diploma.
- Spring: October 25th – some flexibility
- Spring: December 15th – final deadline
- Fall: April 15th – rolling admissions
- Slate Application
- Application fee($70)
- Personal Statement
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Official Test Scores
$200 (if admitted)
Slate Application and Fee
- Slate Application
- Application Fee: $70 (paid directly through the online application)
In two or three typed pages, the personal statement should explain how obtaining a graduate degree from the Public Health & Professional Degree Programs at Tufts will further the applicant’s career goals.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required.
One of the letters may be from your original NESA application; the other 2 must be new recommendations specifically for MS/PREP.
- Recommendation letters may be submitted online (within the application) or by mail.
- Letters should be primarily academic in nature and should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context.
- Electronically submitted recommendations do not need to be followed up with paper recommendations.
- If mailed, letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal and forwarded by you or the recommender to our address below.
Official Test Scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. MCAT, GMAT, and USMLE (Parts 1 AND 2) scores will be accepted in lieu of the GRE. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.
How to submit
Official GRE scores must be sent directly to Tufts. Please note, there are multiple GRE ETS Codes for Tufts University School of Medicine.
-Tufts University School of Medicine:
3889 (Dept. Code: 0616 – public health)
-Do not use codes 0438 (for Physician Assistant applications) or 6997 (for MPH and DrPH applications)
We do not have an MCAT reporting code.
Email your 16-digit verification code and AMCAS ID to email@example.com.
Official GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE. These must be sent to us directly by mail (see mailing address below).
GMAT Code: 7JB-VJ-01
TOEFL is required for all non-native English speakers. Applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam. TOEFL is waived for non-native English speakers who attended an institution for two or more years in the United States.
Submit directly to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.
NESA applicants with a domestic MD, DO or RN degree are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results. Other applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirement only after submitting all of the required application credentials. Such a waiver is granted only to those applicants whose educational and/or professional accomplishments clearly testify to their mathematical and writing skills. Each waiver request will be evaluated on an individual basis. Requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate study, unofficial or official (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc) are required in order to review an application. You may prefer to have your official transcripts sent from your academic institution via US mail. In this case, please upload a document with a note that indicates the institution(s) from which we should expect official transcripts.
The processing and review of your application may take place in a timelier manner if scanned copies are appended. If you upload unofficial transcripts, you do not need to send official transcripts until you matriculate.
Please follow these instructions:
- Make a photocopy of your transcripts for each college/university attended.
- Upload all pages of your transcript(s) AND one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key.
- PDF files are preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg,.tiff).
- Scanned documents must be clearly legible and printed on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper.
(Before uploading your transcripts to your application, make sure you are scanning the transcript correctly, based on its portrait or landscape orientation.)
- International students must also submit an OFFICIAL (not unofficial) evaluation of coursework done by an organization (e.g., WES or CED). It must be sent directly from the evaluation agency.
If you matriculate in PHPD, you must furnish an official, final transcript with date of degree conferral from the undergraduate institution where you received your Bachelor’s degree. This applies to all international students as well.
- Official transcripts may also be received electronically from your college/university via the email@example.com email account or by mail (see below).
If you have trouble or concerns attaching your unofficial transcripts to your application, you may email them to the firstname.lastname@example.org email account.
If you matriculate, official transcripts are required from your undergraduate institution where you received your Bachelor's degree conferral. NO COPIES or faxes will be accepted.
All supporting application credentials noted above should be sent to:
Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue Suite 142
Boston, MA 02111
or emailed to email@example.com.