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Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics for Occupational Therapists
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics in Occupational Therapy is designed for health care professionals looking to fill a gap in knowledge on pain management. The certificate mirrors the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) graduate program in Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP.) Both programs are built on the premise that pain is a biopsychosocial phenomenon and as such, its management ought to be influenced by a variety of factors ranging from neuroanatomy to social and economic issues. Students are exposed to a dynamic and richly rewarding educational experience. All OT-PREP students complete a total of 5 credit hours to earn the TUSM certificate.

Licensed occupational therapists and students enrolled in the Tufts University Graduate Degree Program in Occupational Therapy are invited to enroll in the TUSM Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission.

This certificate requires five courses:

  1. OTS 293, 294: Special Topics (1 credit)
  2. OTS 234, 235: Practicum Course (1 credit)
  3. PREP 230: Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology of Pain (1 credit)
  4. PREP 232: Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain (1 credit) OR PREP Elective/s with OT Advisor consent (1 credit)
  5. PREP 234: Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems (1 credit)

Download brochure of Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics for Occupational Therapists.

For further information and an application contact: TUSM, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs, Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics at 617-636-0935 or med-phpd@tufts.edu.


Certificate of Advanced Professional Study for Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists are confronted with administrative and supervisory responsibilities and the need for increased specialization. Areas of practice such as health and wellness consulting, technology and assistive device development, and private practice community health services are emerging practice areas. To help occupational therapists meet these demands, Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy, in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Studies, offers a part-time program, the Certificate of Advanced Professional Study.

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in occupational therapy. It is of special interest to occupational therapists interested in expanding their careers, fieldwork educators, administrators, clinical specialists and supervisors, and seasoned professionals eager to strengthen their expertise.

The certificate requires four courses as follows:

  1. 1 Research Course (select one)
  2. OTS 208 Clinical Reasoning IV: Evidence-Based Practice
  3. OTS 209 Clinical Research
  4. OTS 288 Outcomes Measurement and Monitoring

Specialty Courses: Three specialty courses with an integrated focus are required. These courses and other electives are offered on the basis of interest and enrollment. Elective graduate-level courses at Tufts may be substituted based on a student's needs. An individual course of study is arranged with the program adviser.

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in occupational therapy interested in expanding their careers or eager to strengthen their expertise.


Certificate in School-Based Practice
This certificate in school-based practice is intended for licensed occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge base to become specialized practitioners in the provision of academically-relevant occupational therapy services in public schools. Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy students who are interested in this content and practice area are also invited to apply. Therapists who complete this four-course series will learn how to influence contextual services within their schools consistent with special education law and the American Occupational Therapy Association standards.

This certificate requires 4 courses as follows:

2 Core Courses:

  • OTS 284 School-Based Practice: Programmatic Issues
  • OTS 285 School-Based Practice: Assessment to Intervention

1 Research Course (select one):

  • OTS 208 Clinical Reasoning IV: Evidence-Based Practice
  • OTS 209 Clinical Research
  • OTS 288 Outcomes Measurement and Monitoring

1 Content Course in the area of services to children (to be approved by advisor)


Certificate in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
This certificate program is intended for practicing occupational therapists who would like to use coursework to gain knowledge in the occupational therapy specialty of hand and upper extremity therapy. Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy students who are interested in this content and practice area are also invited to apply

The certificate requires four course credits as follows:

  • OTS 274 Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation I: Fall
  • OTS 275 Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation II: Spring
  • OTS 276 Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation III: Summer

1 Research Course (select one)

  • OTS 208 Clinical Reasoning IV: Evidence-Based Practice
  • OTS 209 Clinical Research
  • OTS 288 Outcomes Measurement and Monitoring